HOW CAN HORSES HELP YOU?

Based just outside Galway City, Horses Connect is a Social Firm dedicated to enhancing lives through ground-based equine-assisted interactions and Therapeutic Horse-riding.

Horses whisper the truth to anyone brave enough to listen.

Their innate ability to read and interpret energy, body language, and other subtle signs means that horses can help us to recognise, acknowledge and repair negative patterns or thought processes that may be keeping us stuck in unhelpful situations.

All our Equine-assisted Personal and Professional Development sessions are ground-based.

In a Therapeutic horse-riding session, the movement and warmth of the horse’s body create a unique therapeutic environment to assist people of all ages to cope with a wide range of challenges.

No previous horse or riding experience is required for any of our ground-based or ridden sessions.horses-connect-therapeutic-horse-riding-Galway

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HOW CAN HORSES HELP YOU?

Based just outside Galway City, Horses Connect is a Social Firm dedicated to enhancing lives through ground-based equine-assisted interactions and Therapeutic Horse-riding.

Horses whisper the truth to anyone brave enough to listen.

Their innate ability to read and interpret energy, body language, and other subtle signs means that horses can help us to recognise, acknowledge and repair negative patterns or thought processes that may be keeping us stuck in unhelpful situations.

All our Equine-assisted Personal and Professional Development sessions are ground-based.

In a Therapeutic horse-riding session, the movement and warmth of the horse’s body create a unique therapeutic environment to assist people of all ages to cope with a wide range of challenges.

No previous horse or riding experience is required for any of our ground-based or ridden sessions.horses-connect-therapeutic-horse-riding-Galway

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Equine-assisted Learning Programs for Personal and Professional Development

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
  • professional development
  • personal development
  • wellness
  • relationship building
  • self-esteem
  • teamwork
  • problem-solving
  • communication skills
  • setting boundaries
  • strategic planning
  • organisational skills
  • executive functioning
  • corporate training
  • leadership skills
  • and much, much more

All programs are tailor-made to suit your needs and goals.

CONTACT US to find out how equine-assisted learning can work for you.

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Therapeutic Horse-riding

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

horses-connect-therapeutic-horse-riding-GalwayDuring 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.

Galway, therapeutic horse-ridingEach individual on the ground during a Therapeutic Horse-riding session has a specific role – Coach, Leader, Side-walker, Session Helper.

Therapeutic Horse-riding sessions are designed to be fun, inclusive and progressive.

COST:

Initial assessment is FREE, then €35 per 30-minute private session

Sponsored places are available from time to time

CONTACT US for more information

ABOUT US

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.

horses-connect-therapeutic-horse-riding-GalwayOur services include Therapeutic Horsemanship, Equine-facilitated coaching and EAGALA Model Equine-assisted Personal Development and Psychotherapy.

All our services utilise horses as a catalyst for change, and are built on your specific goals.

Programs are tailor-made to mequine-assisted, horses connect, Galway, Ireland, EAGALAatch 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.

horses-connect-equine-assisted-services-galwayHorses Connect Enterprises was founded in 2014 by experienced horse-people and qualified Therapeutic Horse-riding coaches. Eileen Bennett and Mary Mitchell are also qualified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitators and EAGALA Certified Equine Specialists.