Feeling Herd Project
The Feeling Herd Project is a 10-week course that uses therapeutic horsemanship to support and improve the relationship between young people and their parents. It particularly focuses on helping young people aged 8-18 who have behavioural issues, helping them to understand and modify their behaviour and equipping their parents to support that change.
Each course will include a maximum of five families. Initially the young people and their parents will be divided into two separate groups. The children will spend time learning about how horses behave and peacefully communicate in their herds or families through fun activities such as making horse masks to mimic how horses use their ears to communicate and observing herds to find out how they resolve conflicts. At the same time, their parents will be learning how to train horses, investigating positive reinforcement, boundaries, communication and relating these elements back to parenting.
The parents and children will then spend several weeks working together through a series of exciting challenges such as negotiating an obstacle course, building a totem pole or using teamwork to halter a horse, that will strengthen their relationship and communication as well as cementing their newfound parenting skills.
Mild to Moderate behavioural issues in young person.
Young person aged 8-18
Parental involvement essential.
Free - this project is fully funded by BBC Children in Need
All referrals for this project must be made by a professional currently working with the family, such as a doctor, social worker or teacher.
Referrals can be made by completing and submitting a Feeling Herd Referral form.