What do you get when you combine horses, young people and leadership skills training? Taking the Reins! This program will foster confidence and leadership skills in a safe outdoor environment. Each day includes an introduction to the art and science of horsemanship, hands-on in all aspects of the care, management and training of our ponies: learning to properly catch, groom and handle our rare breed ambassadors. Fun horse focused activities will be interspersed with Equine Assisted Learning sessions. Using our powerful teachers, Sammy, Maple and Flapjack, participants will develop confidence, self-awareness about their behaviour, and alternative skills to help them overcome challenges and cope with the social pressures they face today. Taking the Reins! challenges individuals to discover themselves and be inspired to reach their full potential as they confidently grow into young leaders.
This program will be limited to 6 youth, two per pony to ensure and maintain safe physical distancing as well as provide plenty of one-on-one attention. There will be two snack breaks, but no lunch and food will be provided by parents/grandparents/guardians.
This program is suitable for children ages 11-14 and runs daily from 12-4pm. Cost is $65 per child, per day ($260 total). This is a fair weather program run entirely outdoors. If we need to cancel day(s) due to inclement weather, we will refund you accordingly.
There are two weeks to choose from: July 19-23 and August 9-13. Please indicate your preference from the drop-down menu.
When you checkout, there’s a section called “Additional Information” with a box entitled “Food Hub Order Pick-up date.” Please write your child(ren’s) name(s) and age(s) in this box.
General Program Schedule
12:00 – Arrival
Health Check and Sign In
Meet & Wait at designated area
Physical Distance Waiting activity – individual (Pony themed activity/puzzle pages)
Go over rules and how we need to respect each other’s space and well being
12:30 – 1:15
Start equine themed craft activity
Introduce EAL activity, discuss objective(s)
1:15 – 2.00
2:00 – 2:15
Talk Circle, discuss outcomes
2:15 – SNACK
Introduce 2nd EAL exercise, discuss objectives
Complete craft activity
4:00pm – Pick up