From understanding comes strength
Wednesday 21st February
Our first week at Horseback UK focussed on working together as a team and building our communication skills. We were introduced to the miniature horses and began learning about grooming and handling horses. We had demonstrations to show us how to be a good leader when working with a horse and how this transfers to working with others. We began designing our team logo, name and motto.
Wednesday 7th March
We made our final bird feeder delivery to Dalvenie Care Home today. Pupils took the time to hang them up around the garden and fill the squirrel feeders. We hope the residents enjoy watching the birds that visit.
We played a variety of team building games to develop the work we have done so far. It took a lot of courage to do the ‘trust falls, but many were able to do this with the power of support from the group.
Wednesday 14th March
The pupils worked hard on the stable chores this morning, mucking out stables, filling water buckets and hay nets and sweeping up. It was good to see them working as a team. The horses were groomed and then we learned how to lead our horses in the indoor school. This was a big step for many and everyone did so well and showed the beginnings of being a leader to their horse. The team work continued with Jay during the afternoon with a series of challenges that tested our mind and communication.
Woodland week 1 – Wednesday 23rd August 2017
Our first week in the woods was a wet one! We headed to our site at Corsee Wood after loading our minibus. Our first task was to put up the canopy to provide some shelter and then we did a group risk assessment so we knew which areas to stay away from and to familiarise ourselves with the new environment. We made a big camp fire to keep us warm and everyone set about learning about how to set up the camp area. It was too wet to do many activities outside of the canopy so pupils learned about all the different tools we use. After an introduction to knife skills the pupils tried it out by whittling a stick to a sharp point. We made hot drinks using the Kelly kettles and Lunch today was chicken wraps which we cooked on our skillet. A warm lunch was very welcome on such a wet day. After a small break in the weather pupils were able to use the different tools to cut dead wood for our wood pile. They used Laplanders, bow saws, loppers and secateurs. It was a really great start to our outdoor sessions and everyone did so well coping with such a bad weather day. Well done everyone.
Wednesday 21st March
We worked on our leading skills with the miniature horses this week. This made us think about our body language and how to be a good leader. We continued to learn how to complete stable chores and groom the horses confidently.
We observed the dynamics of the herd of horses and talked about their different characters and roles within the herd.
Our communication skills were tested with a series of fun team games. Were our instructions clear? Could we be heard? How could we improve our communication? Most importantly, how could we avoid getting soaked!
Wednesday 18th April
We had our final day at Horseback and it was filled with achievements for all the pupils. After the stable chores and grooming our horses we did a leading session to refresh our horsemanship skills.
All pupils then had the experience of being on a horse. For some it took tremendous courage to take such a big step but everyone wanted to overcome their fears and they knew they were being supported. A few of our pupils were real naturals on the horses back and we saw smiles from ear to ear. What a wonderful experience and a great way to end our Horseback experience.