WHY DO WE WORK WITH A PREY ANIMAL?
To understand how this process works we must first realize how horses learn and understand the laws of survival. In a horse’s world, the rules are clear, easy to understand and dealt with swiftly when challenged.
Nature provides them with instincts and senses that are very astute. For their mere survival, a wild horse must be aware of their surroundings and quick to react. Horses are tough and steadfast dance partners; they don’t judge, but they don’t forget. They can read people hiding behind a facade and their feed back is honest.
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. As facilitators listen to a horse’s non-verbal communication, together, they have the ability to walk participants through to finding life-altering change.
OUR TEACHERS ARE 1200-1500 LBS.
There is no pushing around these teachers. Our participants will have to step up because if a horse doesn’t have a leader, they will become the leader.
Our teachers are prey animals, meaning their senses are highly astute. They can hear our heart beat and they will react to the slightest changes within a team - allowing facilitators to find those “teachable moments”.
Horses have a lot to teach us, but they are also a lot like us. Herds to horses are just like teams to people. Horses require a leader that they trust and respect, just like we would love to have in the workplace. These parallels give us the ability to parallel everything that happens to real life so that what you learn really sticks! Quite simply, the horse does the teaching; facilitators are there to offer explanation and provide guidance as they work through the solution. Working with horses creates memories that we can apply to our lives and retain far longer than sitting in ‘just another classroom'.
WHAT IS EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING?
To put it simply, Equine Assisted Learning is a learner based educational, interactive experience with horses. More specifically, Equine Assisted Learning is a horse course with an effective approach to human development that encourages individual and team growth. Participants engage in objectively driven exercises and find themselves learning valuable life skills in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Equine Assisted Learning has proven to be useful, powerful, positive, educational, and creative. Silver Horseshoe Development’s program emphasizes it’s BuildingBlock™ curriculum of facilitating life skills through positively reinforced interaction with horses. The horse's jobs are speaking to the clients through their bodies to help bring about the changes that the clients need to make. Exercises are developed to encourage self-confidence through validated, hands-on experiences. Equine Assisted Learning through the Silver Horseshoes Development is NOT equine therapy. We do not require a clinical professional to be present during the exercises and programs of this horse course. Equine Assisted Learning works, because the teachers are the horses!
EVERYONE'S DOING THIS - ARE YOU?
Horses helping people globally around the world. Whether it’s a team building event, women’s workshop, helping youth to build life skills, or occupational therapy - at Silver Horseshoes Development it truly enhances personal and professional skills.