The horses are trained to give clear and unbiased feedback on mental and emotional self control. Tasks are progressive and challenging, requiring the participants to remain calm and focused… or lose the plot!
Prisoners are coached to overcome frustration and failure by taking control over their thoughts and feelings. The horses provide both motivation and feedback, and reliably create positive change with even the most difficult individuals.
The project is being studied by Dr Meek & Dr Hemingway (Southampton & Bournemouth Universities) and initial findings are extremely positive, with participants showing results such as:
better self control
greater engagement with available education
confidence as learners
stronger focus on positive goals
The horsemanship goal of the 7 sessions is to gain Parelli Level 1 accreditation, the more important goal is to have the skills to lead constructive and satisfying lives.
Dr Ann Hemingway, Bournemouth University, (Public Health Interventions) undertaking an evaluation of TheHorseCourse with Dr Rosie Meek, Southampton University (Psychology)