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Bodster Equine Assisted C.I.C.

Bodster help people develop communication skills, and self-esteem by offering experiential equine assisted learning exercises. Bodster work with anyone from 6 to 90 years, including people with learning or physical disability, autism, or mental health needs. While there is no riding involved by working with horses on the ground and developing skills which enable communication between people and horses, learners can become more self-aware and confident and then transfer this learning and confidence to other areas of their life.

Olivia began attending Bodster after being ill in hospital and feeling very low. Olivia has cerebral palsy and has had a stent fitted. During her Equine Assisted Learning sessions, Olivia completed tasks with the ponies on the ground, such as leading a pony around an obstacle course and problem solving how to have a pony walk into a circle of rope. As a result, Olivia’s confidence began to grow, her motor skills improved and she became more self-aware and clearer in her communication and ability to listen to both horses and people. Olivia learned new skills by undertaking an NOCN Level 1 course in Developing Personal Confidence and Self Awareness, became a Learning Champion, encouraging others to gain new skills and became a volunteer at Bodster. ‘I now feel that in a year or so I could do a part-time job – I never thought I would be able to say this’ explained Olivia.

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