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CONNECT, COMMUNICATE, LET GO

A video of The Ireland Fund’s visit to Horses For People to discover a programme created for Cooperation Ireland and Ardoyne Youth Club.

CATCH (Challenging Attitudes, Changing Horizons) is one of the many impactful community development and peacebuilding initiatives organised by Co-operation Ireland. It works with youth in North Belfast & Lurgan to develop a positive sense of identity, cross-community contact and mutual understanding. As part of CATCH they attend Horses for People to enhance that sense of cohesion and understanding.

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Connect, communicate, let go

In a safe and peaceful environment, we highlight how capable you are and challenge negative perceptions so that you can move forward using the awareness gained in the programmes.

The emphasis is on recognising your strengths and developing your own identity so that you can make good decisions and choices in life. We investigate the importance of setting clear boundaries in relationships and illustrate that the most effective form of power is gentle but assertive rather than aggressive.

Benefits include:

  • improved self-esteem
  • clearer communication skills
  • increased empathy
  • self-awareness and an understanding of how their approach affects others
  • the confidence to be more innovative
  • coping with challenging circumstances

DE-STRESS

LEADING WITHOUT THREATS OR AGGRESSIONS REQUIRES SELF-BELIEF, AWARENESS AND AUTHORITY.

The approach came from our work with veteran organisations where there was a requirement to develop techniques to react appropriately to challenges, let go of anxiety and move forward with calmness and awareness. Or, as horses do in the wild, go back to grazing.

This approach has been so successful that we have broadened it to a wider audience who have current issues whether it is overcoming trauma, relationship or communications problems or simply wish to develop more effective life skills.

Our safe and gentle approach enables individuals or groups to work with our horses to develop techniques to help them make positive progress in life.

TECHNIQUES SUCH AS:

  • establishing boundaries
  • effective communication skills
  • how to deal with feelings
  • breaking negative behaviour patterns
  • awareness
  • adjusting to new situations
  • dialling-up assertiveness rather than aggression
  • coping with challenging circumstances

COVID 19 – Maintaining Resilience

Group workshop.  Four two hour sessions over four weeks.

The effects of having been exposed to traumatic events over a prolonged period can be extremely detrimental.
Horses provide a release mechanism and emotional support for anyone struggling with the pandemic but particularly front line and key workers, many of whom have faced intense emotional challenges and are trying to slow down again and adapt while others may feel exhausted, fearful and emotionally drained.
The workshops are outdoors where social distancing can be implemented and it is an opportunity to get out into the countryside, slow down, connect with the horses and get back in tune with yourself.
Horses help you to process the challenges, the stress and the anxiety and develop coping mechanisms so that you can continue in your role whilst looking after your own wellbeing.
Benefits
  • Greater self-awareness
  • Improved interpersonal skills
  • development of coping mechanisms
  • a feeling of deep connection
  • time and space to rebuild your self confidence
  • being able to let your guard down

TECHNIQUES SUCH AS:

  • establishing boundaries
  • effective communication skills
  • how to deal with feelings
  • breaking negative behaviour patterns
  • awareness
  • adjusting to new situations
  • dialling-up assertiveness rather than aggression
  • coping with challenging circumstances
Equine Facilitated Learning

Working with such powerful yet gentle animals can be both emotional and intimidating. Unable to draw upon physical strength, clients have to develop their inner resources and engage through co-operation and partnerships with the horses.

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Corporate team building activities with horses

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