Youth Programs

 

Our interactive youth programs are specifically designed to ensure the learning and retention of necessary life skills to aid in personal growth. Our programs use horses as the teachers – teachers who identify the ‘teachable’ moments, with lessons not soon forgotten. These programs provide youth with memorable experiences to draw from when they are faced with the many challenging choices in everyday life. Our youth curriculums are longer term and range between 8 — 15 sessions. This allows our facilitators to not only ensure the effectiveness of the course, but also to track the advancements in each of the youth in attendance.

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THESE ARE SKILL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS THAT USE HORSES. THEY PREPARE YOUR CHILDREN TO TAKE ON THE CHALLENGES THAT LIFE THROWS AT THEM – AND ARE EDUCATIONAL TOOLS THAT DELIVER FAST, EFFECTIVE RESULTS!

Horses are an ideal educational tool for use with children. Once a child is taught the basics of dealing properly with a horse, he or she can become the leader the horse seeks. When the horse feels safe and at peace with the person, cooperation is a hundred fold and the child can easily get the horse to do what is asked of it.

WHAT WOULD THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE IF WE PREPARED OUR YOUTH WITH SKILLS FOR LIFE?

 

Give your students the skills necessary to ultimately better prepare them to take on the challenges that life throws at them. One of the many bonuses of working with horses vs a classroom setting is the component of interactivity because we all learn differently, but we can all take away lessons that we learn through our experiences. As the only Nationally Recognized Equine Assisted Learning Program in Canada, each of our exercises are custom designed to maximize learning potential and focus on developing individual skills as students work through each fun, interactive group challenge. Teams will work to:

  • develop relationships

  • accept responsibility and accountability

  • overcome barriers to find change

  • be encouraged to be creative and innovative

  • find opportunity in working together

  • realize the benefits associated with effective communication

  • and recognize the value of mutual trust, respect, and

  • personal integrity…All while having a blast!

Equine Assisted Learning acts as an important educational tool to help to develop empathy and kindness as well as combat:

Behavioural disorders
Low self esteem
Bullying
Drug abuse
Emotional issues
Poor communication skills
Inability to work with others

LEARN MORE ABOUT EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING HERE

CLICK HERE FOR YOUTH TESTIMONIALS

WHY IT WORKS
PARTICIPATION, RETENTION, FUN AND OH YEA…. A HORSE!


The value of using horses as a teaching tool to learn new skills has been proven time and time again. There is a growing pile of research and evidence to validate just how effective horses are for teaching youth life skills.

WHAT IF WE COULD HAVE A WINDOW INTO OUR OWN BEHAVIOURS?

Horses understand how to differentiate between potentially threatening behavior and a calm and assertive nature. Children and young people who have the chance to work with our youth development programs are able to learn how to modify their behavior through sets of exercises that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. This type of teaching cannot be delivered in a classroom. It is the experience of being in close contact with horses that has the most effect on young people.

IT HAS BEEN PROVEN…

That the more senses that are engaged, the greater the likelihood that new learning will be retained. The more we involve learners, the more senses are engaged, thereby increasing the probability that they will learn, retain, and apply what they have learned.

Each of our exercises are custom designed to maximize learning potential and focus on developing individual skills as they work through each fun interactive group challenge. Teams will work to: develop relationships; accept responsibility and accountability; overcome barriers to find change; be encouraged to be creative and innovative; find opportunity in working together; realize the benefits associated with effective communication; and recognize the value of mutual trust, respect, and personal integrity. All while having a blast!

PARTICIPATIVE EDUCATION…ALBERT WRIGHT

Searching for alternatives to traditional education. Emphasizing self-responsibility, participative education attempts to involve the student in experiences relevant to his future, and to provide him with the opportunity and methodology for learning from these experiences. Students would be allowed to develop self-reliance, self-confidence, and increased self-esteem, and would leave school better equipped for lifelong, continued learning.


AN EDUCATION THEY’LL NEVER FORGET

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PEOPLE REMEMBER:

10% OF WHAT THEY READ
20% OF WHAT THEY HEAR
30% OF WHAT THEY SEE
50% OF WHAT THEY SEE AND HEAR
70% OF WHAT THEY SAY AS THEY TALK
90% OF WHAT THEY SAY AS THEY DO

SO WHAT ABOUT…

 

OUR SCHOOL/ORGANIZATION DOESN’T HAVE A BIG BUDGET TO DO THIS PROGRAM!

Contact us at A Touch of A Horse Society – will always be able to help. The Society’s mission is to never turn down a school or a child. The Society will be able to work with what you have available through your school/organization.

HOW DO WE GET THERE?

Transportation is the responsibility of the school/organization. We have a map and directions on our contact us page. Most participants are brought out in two vehicles by chaperones or teachers. This is the most cost effective method of transportation.

EQUIPMENT?

We provide all of the equipment for the program, you are just in charge of wearing clothes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty and closed toed shoes.

PERMISSION FORMS?

We will send you the permission forms for the participants.

CHAPERONE?

We do ask that 1-2 teachers or staff members accompany the group during the program.

ARE WE RIDING?

No-sir-rie-bob! We only work with horses on the ground in their natural state. All of our work is out of the saddle. You will work along side the horses as part of your team rather than as a tool. This way the horse can be it’s true self and not be “on the job”. This allows for the best and true reaction of the horse and the most beneficial way of learning for you.

WHAT GROUP SIZES DO YOU WORK WITH?

As small as 3 and to a maximum of 8. Have more people than that? Give us a shout and we can find a solution.

DO I NEED EXPERIENCE WITH HORSES?

Nope. As our program does not require you to ride a horse, no prior experience is necessary. We will inform every group of the rules and safety precautions to take around the animals and the arena. We always put safety first, but we can accommodate everyone’s different comfort levels around the horses.

WHAT IF I’M SCARED OR DON’T LIKE HORSES?

If you aren’t being pushed out of your boundaries, you aren’t learning. This is an opportunity to overcome your fears or get over preconceived notions. We don’t always get to pick our team members at work, do we?

WHAT IF IT IS RAINING? WILL WE FREEZE?

If the weather outside is nice, we can always work in the sunshine, but too hot or too cold, we have the covered arena to keep us comfortable. Your program will take place regardless of the weather.

DO I NEED CERTAIN CLOTHING?

Although chaps and a pair of cowboy boots aren’t required, we do have certain safety requirements when it comes to your clothing. Simple things like closed toe shoes and dressing in clothes that you are ok with getting a little dusty. We will give you a full list of these safety measures, of course.

WHY HORSES
Cats, Dogs, horses… what’s the difference? There is nothing like a 1,100 lb Teacher… By their intuitive nature and innate sensitivity, horses can provide facilitators with a window into the participants personality. As a prey animal, they are sensitive to the stimulus of each participant. They react to the stimulus through body language and participants must adjust their feelings and behaviours to work successfully with the horses.

What can a horse teach you that a human can’t?
Horses consistently model assertiveness and teach us how.
Horses can’t lie or over think a participants motive.
Horses feedback is honest and instant
Nature provides them with instincts and senses that are very astute. Help to instill empathy and kindness in the participants.
Horses have natural “herd behaviours” that require trust, respect and teamwork from all members of the team.
Horses automatically respond to confusion and frustration as these feelings can put the herd at risk.
They lead through assuredness – not brute force. Horses have distinct personalities and through this, they all have a different methods of teaching.

What makes us remember?
One of the many bonuses of working with horses vs a classroom setting is the component of interactivity because we all learn differently, but we can all take away lessons that we learn through our experiences. The power of the horse is the relationships that we make with them.

 

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