I have had the pleasure of seeing how horse partnerships impact campers’ lives, bringing self-confidence and joy. Some campers come to horsemanship fearful and by the end of their program ride confidently with their new horse friend.
Horses have so much to teach us about trust, leadership and self-confidence. Through horsemanship I aim to teach students that in relationship with their horse they can become effective leaders. If given clear cues and treated with respect, a horse will begin to view the child as the leader. Students gain an enormous amount of self-confidence when they see the positive results of their leadership.
Like any healthy team environment there must be mutual trust and respect for the leader to lead well, and the team to willingly follow the vision and instruction of the leader. I love seeing the joy these lessons bring to students and how this learning overflows into other areas of their lives.