Horses Connect is based in Bushypark, just outside Galway city.
Horses Connect coaches are qualified and experienced Therapeutic Horse-riding Coaches, Equine-assisted Learning Facilitators and EAGALA certified Equine Specialists.
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Equine-assisted learning programs involve ground-based activities and interactions with one or more horses, under the guidance of our experienced and trained equine-assisted learning facilitators.
Our fun, interactive and highly effective experiential equine-assisted learning programs enhance personal and professional development and create opportunities for real and powerful learning.
Equine-assisted learning programs are extremely adaptable and can be used for
and much, much more
All programs are tailor-made to suit your needs and goals.
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Therapeutic Horse-riding is a goal-focussed intervention for people with a wide range of physical, emotional, cognitive and sensory disabilities.
Therapeutic Horse-riding sessions are delivered by professional, qualified Therapeutic Horse-riding Coaches. Sessions are one-to-one and each session is planned and structured to meet the needs of every individual rider.
After an initial assessment, and in consultation with other professionals if necessary (e.g. O.T., Physio, SLT etc) the TR coach creates a plan to facilitate specific improvements in the rider
The goals set for each rider at the first session are continuously revisited and adjusted as the rider progresses
During a Therapeutic Horse-riding session, the coach constantly checks and corrects the rider’s alignment and balance to ensure that he/she is getting maximum physical benefit from the session.
At the same time, the rider is being gently challenged to work on other goals, such as communication skills, literacy and numeracy, social skills, sensory awareness and behavioural issues.
Therapeutic Horse-riding sessions are carried out using a roller and pad, or bareback, rather than in a saddle so that the full impact of the horse’s movement and warmth can positively influence the rider’s body
The multi-dimensional movement of the horse’s hips and pelvis works on the rider’s balance, posture, tone, core strength, and body and spatial awareness etc.
As the rider interacts with and responds to the horse’s movement, therapy goals can be met more swiftly and efficiently than through more traditional methods.
Therapeutic Horse-riding does not involve teaching mainstream riding skills.
The horse or pony is always led by a trained and competent person. One or more trained and competent side-walkers may also be involved, if necessary.
Therapeutic Horse-riding sessions are designed to be fun, inclusive and progressive.
Initial assessment is FREE, then €35 per 30-minute private session
Sponsored places are available from time to time
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Horses Connect is a social firm based in Co. Galway.
With our horses and ponies, we create opportunities for you to work through challenges in a fun and effective way.
Eileen Bennett and Mary Mitchell are also qualified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitators and EAGALA Certified Equine Specialists with qualifications and experience in Leadership, People Management, WRAP, CBT, Mindfulness, Special Needs Assistance, Business Analysis, Project Management, Entrepreneurship, Coaching, Personal Development, and much more.
We hold current First Aid and Child Protection Certs and are Garda Vetted. We are listed on the National Register of Therapeutic Horse-riding coaches, and we are insured. We are also constantly up-skilling and deepening our knowledge.
All our services work through horses as a catalyst for change and are built from your specific goals.
Programs are tailor-made to match the needs and goals of each individual or group.
Some programs are ground-based and do not involve getting onto a horse and others are based around Therapeutic Horse-riding sessions.
It’s a fun, interactive and highly-effective way to work on specific issues, experiences or challenges.
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