This year at Hedge-u-cation we have a dedicated Horse Area, where there will be lots of activities focused on horses and their care.
Horse Psychology: We focus on how horses communicate with each other and us, and the history of horse evolution. Learn how horses interact and behave in the wild, prey/ predator, explore through games what it is like to see through a horse’s eyes.
Grooming: learn the different types of brushes and why we use them, how to groom and pick out their feet
Learning to lead: Horses like to know that the person who is leading them is focused, confident and they can trust them. We will explore and practice being a confident calm leader through games and role play, and then with the horses.
Mindfulness and meditation with horses: spend time in the herd, and through mindfulness exercises within the herd and in the tipi. Learn to connect with the horses and ourselves.
Horse agility: Learn to set up, and lead the horses around horse agility courses.
Arts and crafts: horse shoe painting, horse mask making, horse art and more
Games and role play
Tack cleaning and tacking up, including harnesses
Quizzes to enhance your knowledge on things like The points of the horse, Horses and Senses, and more.
Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning
Once you have settled into camp, come and meet the horses. Get to know them, learn their names, their breeds, their personalities and what they like and don’t like. See which ones you are most drawn too. On Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, we’ll discuss the week’s programme and you can choose which activities you’re interested in. Develop your knowledge and understanding of horses and yourself.
All activities will be posted on the board at the office with times and where to meet.
All participants must wear suitable foot wear for all horse-based activities.
Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship
Angi, who runs the Hedge-U-Cation Horse Area, creates the programme using techniques developed at Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship, where she works for the rest of the year. Sirona is a registered charity, based in Newton Abbot, Devon, providing a range of activities where people learn about themselves, others and the world through their interaction with horses. These include Therapeutic Horsemanship, Equine Assisted Therapy and Equine Assisted Learning. To find out more about Sirona, please visit sironaequine.org.uk.