Cats, Dogs, horses… what’s the difference?
There is nothing like a 1,100 lb teacher…
By their intuitive nature and innate sensitivity, horses can provide facilitators with a window into the participant’s personality. As a prey animal, they are sensitive to the stimulus of each participant. They react to the stimulus through body language and participants must adjust their feelings and behaviors to work successfully with the horses.
What can a horse teach you that a human can’t?
- Horses consistently model assertiveness and teach us how.
- Horses can’t lie or over think a participants motive.
- Horses feedback is honest and instant
- Nature provides them with instincts and senses that are very astute.
- Help to instill empathy and kindness in the participants.
- Horses have natural “herd behaviors” that require trust, respect, and teamwork from all members of the team.
- Horses automatically respond to confusion and frustration as these feelings can put the herd at risk.
- They lead through assuredness – not brute force.
- Horses have distinct personalities and through this, they all have different methods of teaching.
What makes us remember?
One of the many bonuses of working with horses vs a classroom setting is the component of interactivity because we all learn differently, but we can all take away lessons that we learn through our experiences.
The power of the horse is the relationships that we make with them. Through Black Hawk Hill, we engage the body, mind, and spirit of both species.
SO WHAT ABOUT…
OUR SCHOOL/ORGANIZATION DOESN’T HAVE A BIG BUDGET TO DO THIS PROGRAM!
Call us as we will always be able to help. Our mission is to never turn down a school or a child. We will be able to work with what you have available through your school/organization.
HOW DO WE GET THERE?
Transportation is the responsibility of the school/organization. We have a map and directions on our contact us page.
We provide all of the equipment for the program, you are just in charge of wearing clothes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty and closed-toed shoes.
ARE WE RIDING?
Nope! For this program we only work with horses on the ground in their natural state. All of our work is out of the saddle. You will work alongside the horses as part of your team rather than as a tool. This way the horse can be its true self and not be “on the job”. This allows for the best and true reaction of the horse and the most beneficial way of learning for you.
WHAT GROUP SIZES DO YOU WORK WITH?
As small as 2 and to a maximum of 8. Have more people than that? Give us a shout and we can find a solution.
DO I NEED EXPERIENCE WITH HORSES?
No experience necessary! As our program does not require you to ride a horse, no prior experience is necessary. We will inform every group of the rules and safety precautions to take around the animals and the arena. We always put safety first, but we can accommodate everyone’s different comfort levels around the horses.
WHAT IF I’M SCARED OR DON’T LIKE HORSES?
If you aren’t being pushed out of your boundaries, you aren’t learning. This is an opportunity to overcome your fears or get over preconceived notions. We don’t always get to pick our team members at work or school, do we?
DO I NEED CERTAIN CLOTHING?
We do have certain safety requirements when it comes to your clothing. Simple things like closed toe shoes and dressing in clothes that you are ok with getting a little dusty.