Our program uses a proven 6 week curriculum to help participants learn life skills such as teamwork, negotiation and conflict resolution. In our program, the horse is used as a team member. Working together, the teams have to cooperate to complete structured tasks. The program also encourages participants to make new and lasting friendships.
Each session is one hour in length. In that time the participants learn how to handle the horses, then they undertake challenges together. An example of a challenge is how to turn a horse in a circle using 2 lead ropes of different lengths. Participants must make a plan, communicate clearly and work together to be successful. This lesson teaches the importance of planning, teamwork and being flexible.
All the exercises are done on the ground- there is no riding. That means no special equipment is required. Participants need only to wear closed toed shoes and a bike helmet for safety. Helmets are available for use at the farm.
Participants quickly progress from tentative interactions with the horse to confidently handling challenging situations. Basic horse handling skills are taught in the first two weeks. No prior horse experience is required.
Teamwork is a major focus in our sessions. Participants learn how to communicate as part of a team, taking leadership and follower roles. We then apply the learning to real life situations, such as work or school.
At New Leaf, everyone takes a turn clearing up a "code brown". Taking responsibility for the wellbeing of our equine partners helps participants find positives in chores and tasks that can feel daunting.
Many tasks we face need careful planning to be successful. In this program we face challenges that take some thought to overcome. By Applying common sense, leadership and communication even the most challenging tasks can be accomplished!
The impact of humans working with animals has long been hailed as beneficial. Studies are now showing that to be a clinical reality. Participants gain confidence and self-esteem as they grow throughout the program. Many people who are too shy to speak in the first week will show consistent leadership skills by week 4.
Most people, young and mature will be less than excited to attend skill building groups. By using horses in a new and exciting environment, participants are immediately engaged in the learning and more open to making positive changes.
This program is suitable for all ages. Sessions are offered year round in our indoor arena. No riding takes place in these sessions.
Offered for ages 6+ in appropriate age groupings. This group is great for kids struggling, as well as those that are thriving. We work on applying our learnings to real life experiences like school, friendships and even household chores.
Growing up has its challenges, especially for adolescent girls. In October, we will be starting our Girl Power Group for ages 11-14. In this group we will be doing ground-work exercises with our horses to learn effective communication skills, healthy boundaries and confidence building. This fun, interactive group will be sure to boost young women up and make the transition from child to teen a positive experience.
This group blends equine assisted learning with guided group coaching for women seeking to enhance their self-confidence and well-being. Each week will address a new topic including:
- healthy boundaries
- goal setting
- self care
- conflict resolution
- how to be awesome
Each session will include discussion on the weekly topic, an exercise with the horses and a time for sharing and supporting each other.
Try something new with your partner. From first dates to 25th wedding anniversaries, this is a fun opportunity to explore your communication patterns, gain insight and share some laughter. The horses will be joining you to take on challenges and solve problems, all while working together. Prepare yourself for lots of fun and learning.
This group focuses on those who have experienced trauma in their lives, be it from personal or professional situations. These sessions are confidential and facilitated by mental health professionals to teach coping mechanisms, as well as better understanding of how trauma impacts every aspect of our lives.
We welcome teams of professionals to come together to meet communication and bonding goals. From communication to trust building to organizational skills, these sessions are a fun alternative to boardroom meetings and PowerPoint presentations.
Participants are asked to lead a horse with different sized leads TOGETHER through obstacles. Who are you in a team? Our lesson this week was discovering how we work as individuals within a team. The focus was on communication, planning, leadership and teamwork. Two weeks ago these participants had no experience leading horses. Now watch as they maneuver with ease! Already they have a huge increase in self-confidence and responsibility.