Imagine the ability to Empower your children with life skills for the future!
This isn’t your typical classroom setting! As the only Nationally Recognized Equine Assisted Learning Program in Canada, our programs are customized to maximize learning potential and focus on developing individual skills as participants work through group challenges.
Ok so what do I actually learn??
These programs are about developing Life Skills to apply to all aspects of life, and what are Life Skills? Well they are the most fundamental skills that gives us the ability to positive behaviour to deal effectively with demands and challenges in life. Skills such as;
Reading Body Language
Build trust in relationships and teams
Leadership and the value of team effort
What can that translate into?
Positive change in behaviour
Self Confidence & Self esteem
Abilities to solve problems
Comfort in new activities, roles, meeting new people
Setting clear intentions and boundaries
Face fears and learn new behaviors to gain personal power
Develop skills to work through uncomfortable, emotionally
We use horses as the teacher in a safe and controlled environment. Each session ranges between 8-12 programs, lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes. This ensures that each participant gets the most out of their experience, and allows our facilitators to track the advancements throughout the participants own personal journey. After each program, handouts are sent back with participants, and teachers/counsellors/parents, to continually parallel the skills learnt in the arena, back to everyday life.
This specific BuildingBlock™ Program has been approved by the Calgary Board of Education, and has had multiple research studies to the results.
Can Horses Help our Kids?
The value of horses as teachers as a tool to learn new skills have been proven time and time again in the teaching of young people.
12 WEEK CURRICULUM PROGRAM
ANTI BULLYING 8 WEEK PROGRAM
Our 8-Week Anti-Bullying Program promotes the development of anti-bulling skills to help youths to stand up against bullies and not become a victim of bullying. Our program creators, Equine Connection, teamed up with the Family Channel for their "Stand Up! To Bullying!" Campaign. Only 4 schools were chosen to host the Family Channel's anti-bulling rally, one of which was in Strathmore, Alberta, where Equine Connection presented our Anti-Bullying Program and was filmed for the hit Family Channel show, "The Next Step!" with hosts Jennie and Alex.
BULLY OR VICTIM
A child with bullying issues may be just as much a victim in their own life as the child they direct their aggression towards. Many bullies are children who may have been overlooked, misdiagnosed, suffering from neurological disabilities, or may have been abused children themselves. Our equine therapy programs are ideal for any child(ren) who exhibits aggressive behaviour by promoting positive leadership skills, developing choice-making and goal-setting skills, and encouraging responsibility, creativity and laughter.
BULLY-PROOFING SKILLS CAN BE TAUGHT
The best way to help children not become victims of bullies is by teaching them bully-proofing skills. Victims of bullies usually exhibit poor communication skills and tend to be left out of activities, leaving them isolated. Our equine assisted learning programs have proven to be ideal for any child who exhibits anti-social communication skills as they are provided with training in socialization skills which improves not only communication skills but also, emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual wellness, self-esteem, encourages sensory stimulation, and ultimately, integration.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
VICTIMS OF BULLIES
Our equine programs have proven to be ideal for a child who exhibits anti-social communication skills as they provide training in social skills which improves communication skills, emotional, physical, mental and spiritual wellness, self-esteem, and encourages sensory stimulation and ultimately, integration.
Our equine programs are ideal for a child who exhibits aggressive behaviour by promoting positive leadership skills, empathy, kindness, choice-making skills, and encouraging responsibility, creativity, and laughter. The youth that teachers, counselors and the principal feel display behavioural issues, or who are withdrawn, will benefit most from the program.