It is very important to note that each equine session is custom tailored to the individual in the
session. There are no standard processes or procedures that apply to every person. We specialize in crafting an experience that is as unique as the people we are helping. We work to include other members of the community into each session as is acceptable based on each individual's comfort level.
However, in a typical session, participants will be offered the opportunity to choose their horse and will use the necessary tack (halter and lead) to catch and safely lead the horse they will be working with back to the barn. Once in the barn they will use the necessary grooming tools to groom their horse and will learn why grooming is important. They will help saddle their horse and will be lead on a guided ride on our Sensory Trail.
Other activities include measuring out feed rations, setting up grain buckets for the next feeding, filling stalls with shavings and sweeping the barn at the end of the session. Participants gain confidence through development of these skills and through building a trusting relationship with their horse.
Equine Assisted Learning focuses on activities involving the horses that require participants to develop and apply certain skills at their own pace. Non-verbal communication, sensory awareness, emotional growth, empathy, patience, responsibility, teamwork, confidence, and attitude are several examples of the skills utilized and developed by engaging in activities at Calm Acres.
Horses require participants to be patiently engaged in physical and mental work to be successful, which is a valuable characteristic trait that can be applied to all aspects of life.