Students enjoy positive horse play

December 19, 2022
Chelsea horse jumping

Carinity Education Gladstone students have completed an exciting equine-assisted life coaching program.

The Horses Helping Humans program uses principles of natural horsemanship to unlock effective communication skills. The course also has a focus on confidence, self-awareness, and positive engagement.

Helen Scarr from Horses Helping Humans Australia said the program is delivered across the country to a wide range of clients including high school students, business teams, people living with disability, and at-risk youth.

“Horses Helping Humans was established to provide equine-assisted life coaching focusing on communication skills,” Helen said.

“Our passion is working with young people who are at risk or disengaged but the program is equally transformative for adults, in their personal and or business life.”

AJ and Chelsea were the first Carinity Education Gladstone students to complete the Horses Helping Humans program. They both passed the course held at Grace Given Gaits equestrian centre at Bracewell with high distinction.

“At the end of the program our clients are more confident, more willing to engage with others, and better able to regulate their emotions,” Helen said.

“They also have an increased understanding of communication styles and how body language affects communication. Their smiles are infectious.”

Over a dozen more Carinity Education Gladstone students have since undertaken the Horses Helping Humans course.

Carinity Education Gladstone Support Worker, Tilly Wirihana, said the school hopes to expand its participation in the program, which she describes as having “a focus on confidence and self-awareness, and the way personality traits interact and how to engage positively”.

“We are looking to have them bring horses to us, to give more students access to the program,” Tilly said.

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