These spring school holidays, the dedicated EquiTune team is offering an exciting range of Horsemanship Camps for boys and girls up to 14 years of age.
This is a special opportunity for your child to develop communication skills, confidence, body awareness, perseverance, self-esteem, and healthy relating skills alongside EquiTune's beautiful and gentle horses.
Children have been shown to make tremendous strides when working with horses in a supportive environment and minimal riding is involved as these camps are designed to help children build a unique connection to the horses.
Wednesday 22nd September 9.30 am to 3 pm
$180 ($150 each for siblings)
Let your kids experience what it's like owning their own horse/pony for the day!
Beginners welcome. Please note there are no-riding options as the relationship with a horse is 90% on the ground.
Wednesday 29 September 9.30am to 3pm
$180 for the day ($150 each for siblings)
Every Sunday in October, 9 am to 11 am
$70/week paid monthly
For under 14s - join EquiTune's ponies every Sunday morning and they will support your child to develop life skills, whilst focusing on social skills, communication and leadership and providing opportunities for personal growth as well as increased awareness. No riding included - purely wellness through horsemanship. NDIS welcome.
The last Sunday of the month (31st October) will be a Halloween-themed show day for even more fun!
Why choose EquiTune?
Our horses only play once per day and the experience is focused around a true horse/person partnership.
Relationships between people and animals can have profound benefits whether done on their own or as part of a wider treatment programme. Horses interact with people without judgement or pre-conception - plus they look, smell and feel good!
Just hanging around them can improve a situation or an outlook on life. Being around a horse seems to allow people to experience a new way of "being" and release previous perceptions they may have about themselves.
What we will cover:
GROOMING: To assist cognitive skills, fine motor skills, focus.
HORSEMANSHIP/LIBERTY GAMES: To work on fine and gross motor skills, intent (emotional control), focus, balance, multi-tasking.
Benefit from participation in these sessions have been observed in the following areas:
Often participants must modify or adapt their energy levels and actions to achieve the desired interaction with the horse. When the modified behaviour results in success, the behaviour will often continue after the participant has left the horse. Repeated sessions can result in longer-term effects.
Are you up at night worrying about your child?
Is your child struggling at school?
Is your child being bullied or bullying others?
Does your child struggle with behavioural issues?
Does your child find learning difficult?
Is your child anxious, withdrawn or sad?
Do you want your child to have the confidence, self-esteem, life skills and resilience that life requires?
What skills can your child develop with EquiTune?
Responsibility: Horses teach responsibility very quickly. The horse depends on the child for everything; food, water, care; it's their job to keep this animal alive essentially. When working with a horse, everything it does is because of the child's actions; they are solely responsible for anything the horse does whether 'good' or 'bad'. It's never the horse's fault. Even down to an emotive sense, how they act affects how the horses act, so they learn how their actions have effects. Your child will want to be responsible because they want to do things with a horse.
Respect: Respecting the horse's boundaries is taught quickly, otherwise, it can easily be dangerous. Ask, don't force. Respect for belongings is also taught through the care of gear. Horse equipment is very expensive and for it to last, they must take good care of it, which is why we emphasise the cleaning and maintenance of any gear used. Children will also learn to respect themselves and what they are capable of.
Confidence: Horses are large and scary, just being around them builds confidence. Horsemanship also builds self-confidence because a horse doesn't care what you look like but how you treat it, so they learn to have confidence and find worth in their character. Accomplishing anything with a horse feels fantastic and gives you a lot of confidence and self-esteem. Children set goals and can reach them and feel accomplished. Being with horses is something children do for themselves because they enjoy it, not because other people want them to.
Problem Solving: Horses are unpredictable, so it's very common to have a new problem that needs solving. If you want to teach your horse to play soccer that seems unattainable. However, break it down into small steps and it is suddenly achievable. This skill of how to break tasks down into steps that can be easily managed applies to any problem. And it's not just working by themselves to solve a problem but also learning to solve something by asking for help if they are unsure. Since horses are so different from anything else it's quite easy to ask questions if you are unsure because children have nothing else in their experience to draw from. When learning to ride, it's easy to blame the horse if they won't do anything, however, it's never the horse's fault. If it's never the horse's fault, the problem then becomes: how can they change their actions to get the outcome they want.
Resilience: If you get it wrong, you dust yourself off and try again. If you can't get your horse to walk, you try again. If you miscommunicate, you try it again correctly. Horses teach you to never give up and try again. It also teaches children to manage frustration and turn it into patience.
Ethic: To play with a horse, the child has to look after the horse. If you want to ride, you have to catch, groom, feed, tack up, etc... so they learn to do so efficiently. If you work hard and take good care of your horse and train well, it will show, and children learn to take pride in their horse's appearance and behaviour.
Safety: Horses are large animals and to work efficiently with them, you have to learn the safe practices of good horsemanship and to evaluate risk in any course of action. Children learn to think about what they are going to do before they do it.
Trust: Children learn to trust in themselves to be able to manage this large creature and trust in the horse to work with them, they must first trust and believe in themselves.
Empathy: You never stop learning with horses, no matter how advanced or accomplished you get. Children learn to avoid assumptions or taking things for granted. This applies to school and makes it easier to learn other new skills and admit that they don't know something. You always play with the horse you have today - you might've been ok to run a marathon yesterday, doesn't mean you can the day after.
Empathy: Children learn to put themselves in the horse's shoes to see how they would like to be kicked, jumped on, pulled, ignored, etc. It's also about reading the horses subtle body language and asking softly and with sensitivity towards another being. Lots of "please" and "thank you"s are involved. Working with horses is about being kind and consistent with no hard feelings, even if you're frustrated you never take it out on the horse.
Leadership: If you can communicate with a horse and get it to agree to do what you want, talking to people and sharing ideas becomes a whole lot easier.
Exercise: Horsemanship and caring is a fantastic exercise and encourages children to get outdoors and want to be outdoors away from today's technology. The average day working with horses covers around 16,000 steps and that's before exercising them.