I recently had the honour of meeting three of the staff from the Equestrian Federation of Singapore who were here for the Holistequine EALC training intensive. For me it was a week of realisations, insights and sowing the seeds for new beginnings for Holistequine.
Katie, Erika and Jill were a joy to teach and from the moment they arrived it was like greeting old friends……I hope they got as much out of their time here as I did.
The girls work for EQUAL-ARK, a new initiative of the Singapore Government. Their special school has an Equine Assisted Learning Programme specially designed to help children who are considered to be ‘at-risk’. These children come from disadvantaged families or face a range of challenges that puts them at risk of developing social and behavioural problems.
The programme is designed to boost the children’s inter-personal skills as well as their general self-esteem through a specialized range of horse-related activities.
While these three components are separate, they share a unified goal, which is to stimulate and develop the child’s innate sense of companionship, empathy, responsibility, confidence and effective teamwork.
The schools 16 week programme effectively builds and consolidates the children’s new “horsemanship” skills, until the participants (many of whom initially exhibited deep fear of the horses,) can confidently groom, tack, and ride, as well as manage and direct the ponies in an open arena.
Having experienced this wide range of unique, profound and often very happy interactions with the horses, the students may be more likely to extend these positive emotions to their relationships with people.”
As a teacher I also gain personal satisfaction and growth with every attendee, client and E.A.L.C. session and I am humbled by the amazing people I meet through these programs.
I would like to thank the girls for the lessons I learnt……….
That if we stand back and be more trusting of our fellow humans we allow each person’s inner wisdom to guide them…….thank you Erika
That when we trust in nature and the animals we create a loving environment in which to learn…… and, magic happens
To see through to the goodness in people’s hearts and to understand that when the intention is pure people can move through their individual differences and personal baggage to achieve greatness for their common cause….thank you Jill, Erika and Katie