Equine Assisted Vocational Learning benefits clients of all ages. Students come to the program at the recommendation of many, but they stay because they enjoy learning from and with the horses. Horses foster a great work ethic! The program is set up to meet the objectives and goals for the social, life and vocational skills that any employer would be looking for in a potential employee. These skills will promote a happier healthier life for all that participate.
Participants bond and communicate with horses through grooming and ground-based team-building exercises which enhance overall wellness and personal growth. The training includes safety, routine care of the horses, facility safety, and daily farm chores as well as basic horsemanship skills such as horse leading, basic first aid, tack care and equine behaviors. Each of these routines can easily be transferred to other work environments. They prepare each student for for success in the work place.
Clients become independent as skills improve, increased self-confidence opens doors to other social and vocational activities. The development of solid work habits could lead to suitable employment. Clients build on their success to achieve individual goals. This program empowers clients to seek the next level of engagement. Some may explore the world of careers in the equine sector. But the skills are transferrable to many opportunities.
What will they learn? Interpersonal skills – greetings, getting along with co-workers and supervisors
- Communication skills – listening, speaking clearly, following directions
- Developing flexibility – working on different tasks and in varied work teams and locations
- Productivity – working quickly and accurately, meeting deadlines
- Organizational skills – setting priorities, completing work as assigned
- Problem solving – making decisions, taking responsibility, asking for help
- Personal appearance – hygiene and appropriate work attire
- Attendance and punctuality – arriving each day on time and maintaining consistent attendance
Who should join the program? Potential students should show a willingness to learn and to help.
- They should possess the ability to work without supervision for short periods of time.
- They should have basic communication ability
- They should have basic hygiene skills
- They should be able to eat and use the toilet independently