As an alternative to classroom settings, we provide programming based on the award-winning Research Based Equine Assisted Learning Building Block (™) Program. In this innovative method, the horse becomes a guide and teacher. Our professionally trained facilitators assist clients to reflect on their current communication patterns and learn new successful techniques through guided exercises with the horses. Cartier Farms Building Blocks curriculum has been evaluated by the University of Saskatoon and was found to be an effective method of cognitive behavioural therapy.
In plain language, we partner horses with our participants to complete fun and engaging tasks. Have you ever lead a horse blind-folded? Or tried to complete a puzzle with a 1100lb partner? The activities included in the program are specially designed to enhance problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills. Best of all, you will have a learning experience full of laughter and new memories. Who says learning can't be fun?!
Horses are prey animals, which means they are constantly assessing their environment for safety. Because of that, their feedback is immediate and obvious. Have you ever had a time where someone didn't tell you how they felt, and it caused problems? Horses tell you right away, so you can become aware of habits you may not be aware of, like talking too loudly or not explaining things well, or maybe just not listening well to others. We all do these things sometimes. Our goal at New Leaf Farms is to help you become aware these habits and work on them them, thereby improving your life. Our horses help us do that. I don't know about you, but I would much rather have a horse point out my challenges rather than my parent, spouse or employer.
I've never been around horses before, and I'm a little nervous. Are they safe to be around?
Our horses are trained to be polite and calm around participants. They have been handled extensively by adults and children alike. On each visit, we review with you how to handle a horse safely and make sure you are comfortable before undertaking any activities.
Do I need any special equipment for my visit?
The only thing you absolutely need is closed toed shoes. We do provide helmets for those who are under 18 or prefer to wear one, however you are welcome to bring your own equestrian helmet or bike helmet.
Can I bring food to feed the horses?
We ask that you do not feed the horses until the end of the session. Our horses can get a little too focused on treats. If you would like to bring something, they love carrots and apples.