Skill & Benefits
The skills and benefits gained through equine-assisted coaching and learning are extensive. Through first identifying needs, a customized plan will be put together to target specific goals and measure outcomes.
Regulation and Decision-Making
learning how to respond to the mind and body in relationship
Each session includes activities designed to foster emotional and physical regulation along with ownership of the growth process through collaborative planning. These activities often occur at the beginning and end of the session, sometimes with and without the horses. They translate to foundational skills essential for everyday experiences.
|Observing the state of weather, environment, and experiences impacting the herd.
|Based on the state of the horse partner and self, determine the best interaction and exercises for the session.
|Observing herd interaction and horse partner.
|Rating of Stress/Anxiety
|Observing signs of stress/relaxation in horse partner and exploring the role of self.
|Somatic System Grounding, such as 5-4-3-2-1 Mindfulness
|Somatic co-regulation is evidenced by breaths, yawns, and relaxation signs.
|Observing the horse’s body movement.
|Box and Ball Breathing
|Matching horse breaths with the human breathing.
|Choosing participation level with willingness and commitment.
|Walking in Step
|Syncing up to create connection.
|Bouncing Ball, Swinging Rope, Drumming
|Using rhythm to create regulation.
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Responsibility & Stewardship
cognitive growth partnered with compassionate caregiving
All of these activities provide the opportunity to become intelligent and compassionate caregivers of our horse partners while also growing emotionally resilient and relationship strong in a way that impacts our human relationships.
|Identify Grooming Supplies and Correct Usage
|Identifying a Horse’s Anatomy
|Identifying a Hoof Anatomy
|Identify the Needs of Horse Teeth
|Taking Horse Vitals
|Recognizing the Signs of Pain
|Understanding Feed & Nutrition
|Keeping a Proper Stall
|Putting On/Off Leg Wraps
|Techniques for Bathing
|Understanding Common Illnesses
|Understanding Common Injuries
|Identifying Parts of Saddle
|Identifying Parts of the Bridle
|Identifying Supplemental Equipment (Boots, etc).
|Taking Apart and Cleaning Tack
establishing a foundation for growth
The following recommended assessments are ideal for establishing realistic goals and targeting skill development. Based on the client’s purpose for pursuing equine-assisted coaching and learning, assessments will be recommended and/or included throughout the program to enhance growth and development.
|Highlands Ability Battery
|Comprehensive personality and learning styles assessment that also provides work-type ability beneficial for college and career goals.
|Essential for effective communication instructions.
|Beneficial for strategizing success.
|Provides insights for targeted areas of relationship growth.
|Necessary for assessing the risk of triggers and areas of healing.