Taking the Reins

Carla's Story
Carla's Story
Making a Difference
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Molly's Story
Molly's Story
Trotting to the top
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What is Equine Facilitated Learning
What is Equine Facilitated Learning
EFL
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For more details see our dedicated website www.takingthereins.org.uk

Our Warwickshire Project

Circles Network has continued to successfully run the Taking the Reins project with over 150 children benefiting from unique experiences with the horses this year. 

The Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) sessions aim to improve the lives of disabled and disadvantaged children through a fusion of fun, education and therapy.  The children and young people learn a huge amount about their personal development, communication, respect, trust and relationships through the ways of the horse.  The project encourages children who often have low self esteem and self confidence to achieve results and enjoy their time being in the presence and working with such a powerful animal.

The EFL sessions include the participant being guided and supervised to experience grooming the horses, leading over obstacles, problem solving, loose schooling in a round pen and join up which are just some of the very ‘hands on’ practical elements of the sessions.  The project focuses on using the natural horsemanship methods with the horses and the horses are cared for in a very natural, countryside environment.

As part of the reflective learning process the team encourages children to keep their own personal journal folders of their experiences which include photos, pictures and diary pages. The care and welfare of the herd is a big feature of this project and topics that link to our everyday lives which may be a challenge for some young people include safety awareness, nutrition, exercise, relaxation, cleanliness, hygiene, health and well being.

The project has become very popular with school groups in the local area, the majority of participants range between the ages of 6-17 years old.  A large percentage of children and young people visiting Taking the Reins experience autism and behavioural difficulties and often respond very well to the informal and inclusive environment provided.  The trained facilitators encourage children to be expressive, confident, passionate and most of all happy.

Academy for Inspiring Inclusion

If you work with horses and would like to develop your Equine Facilitation Techniques contact our Academy for information about the range of programmes we have for practitioners www.academyforinspiringinclusion.org.uk

 


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