What can we learn through horses?
A question we are asked all the time from parents and teachers looking to book on one of our courses - 'how can the skills learned on the yard be transferred to help navigate every day experiences? What will my child learn?'
Our answer = everything!
When a child attends an equine facilitated session the child will eventually learn to complete tasks on the yard in order to keep the equine safe and healthy. This is usually through daily care activities - in this instance we will discuss the learning opportunities available by 'just' filling a hay net.
By learning even the vary basic reason's why the equine requires hay as a feed
》 needed to stay alive, like any food
》 Maintain health and weight
and why we use a haynet
》to monitor feed intake, knowing exactly how much the equine has consumed
》slow down eating for better digestion
》to aid a specific diet to maintain/gain/loose weight
The child has learned transferable skills. by doing these tasks every day they learn these are important tasks that help keep the ponies they love alive and healthy, and by understanding this, they can better understand and relate to why they are important for themselves also.
We see a daily task, one we carry out without too much thought! Feed the horses! Right? But do we realise we are actually providing a quality learning opportunity for the children? by completing such a simple task we have covered skills such as
》Nutrition: Diet, Food Groups, eating times 》Math: Weight, Measurements, chart reading 》Time: importance of set meal times
Understanding why and when to use a feeding aid such as a haynet is very important as a horse owner, the use of a hay net allows for exact weights to be fed in order to aid the outcome of the horses diet and Just like in our diet, portion control is important
》 Eating larger portions for gaining weight
》Eating smaller portions for losing
By using a haynet it slows down the horses eating, allowing the horse to chew more and the gut to digest appropriately keeping it safe from intestinal issues such as colic. When a child learns about why these nutritional facts are important for the horses welfare, it allows them to better understand how to develop their own healthy mealtime habits! they have learned a skill which they can transfer into 'real' life scenarios.
So when we have a disengaged child who cannot, or, will not learn the traditional way - we can offer amazing innovative and creative ways to learn - There is nothing we can't learn through horses!