Come on in and have a seat in our corral – in the minis' own environment.
Enjoy the peacefulness that fills your heart with joy and your mind with calm.
So come on in, have a seat, and pretend you don't even see the minis. It won't take long before they come over and introduce themselves to you. Once ya'll get to know each other, enjoy feeding them and grooming them. It's the perfect time to have a quiet conversation with them.
Then you can walk them on their leads and give them a few commands before going through the obstacle course. It's a fun place to talk about and focus on one's life skills.
Welcome to Our Corral
HUMAN AND HORSE BOND
A True and Empowering Relationship that Teaches Life Skills
When she first came to us, she was very tiny, could barely walk, had dreadlocks all over her, and she had so many knots on her tummy it was painful for her to walk. She wouldn't let anyone near her. We can only imagine what she went through. We were told she was a nine-month old foal. When our vet examined her, he told us she was two to three years old. He could tell by her teeth.
You can see the unshaved area on her head in the photo below. She does not want anyone to comb her hair or touch her head where the scars of a chain against her head for a long time are.
SHARED EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
In the photo to the right, emotional support is being given to Sweetie, telling her what a great job she did going through the tunnel.
In the photo to the left, Sweetie is once again getting encouragement about going through the Car Wash all by herself. The little girl is telling her she's going to take the lead off and she will meet her on the other side, that she knows Sweetie can do it! These kind words and actions, and the soft tone of her voice, are so powerful.
POSITIVE BODY LANGUAGE
You can see the little girl's hair and feet still moving from running through by the purple Car Wash pool noodle, and you can see Sweetie is starting to go through on her own. The encouragement from Paul and the two little girls to join them is powerful for Sweetie. And notice the body language of Paul's and the little girl by Paul in the photo to the right. Sweetie sees the body language, not just verbal encouragement. Look at the little girl's hand with her fingers all stretched out with excitement that Sweetie is coming, and Paul's posture from standing to bending in an encouraging way.
Encouraging Sweetie to go through the Car Wash at liberty is powerful for Sweetie's confidence. And, oh my Goodness, check out these little cowgirls' boots!
Michell, please e sure to use video of Champand Charm. It's awesome and
Each time you visit with the minis, your relationship with each mini grows deeper. You'll learn about the personality of each individual horse and how horses communicate with each other and with humans. You will experience the love and appreciation the minis silently tell you about in their own language.
Michelle, this section can be behind the scenes with the life skills -
So why would you need life skills to have a relationship with a horse?
It doesn't matter the size of the horse or whether you are riding a horse, this is where our life skills can be learned and implemented.
How do you convince a horse to do something it doesn't want to do?
GIVING CLEAR COMMUNICATION
PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS
COPING WITH CHALLENGES
FOCUS, CONCENTRATION, SELF-AWARENESS
Along with safe, learned methods of working with horses, remember to stand strong: shoulders back, head tall, soft assertive voice to communicate clearly, but not aggressively. Show confidence.
Our Autism Events are Lighthearted and Fun
Calm Down and Get Centered
Being around horses changes human brainwaves.
Horses can play a powerful role in improving our physical and mental health
Build confidence by taking a mini horse through our obstacle course. We make our events fun, colorful, and just a really good time.
Every Horse Needs a Job
All equine assisted activities are very important for the horses. They thrive on the stimulation of all activities and human interaction.
Plan a day in the corral with family or friends. Then have a yummy BBQ on the deck with a beautiful view.
One thing to always remember about horses: They are always positive, and they don't judge like humans; however, they mirror back the human mood, what you are feeling. They are the best readers of body language, and you can't fool them. They don't lie and they have no hidden agendas.
Shoes and Rules
Protective toe-covered shoes must be worn before entering the corral. Horses can step on your feet.
These four main rules must be memorized and repeated to us before you enter our corral, along with your signed agreement form.
Never stand behind a horse. They can kick you to have their space.
Always watch where your feet are when you are around a horse. They can easily step on your foot without knowing it, because they cannot see under them. And it really hurts.
Never put your fingers by a horse’s mouth. Horses like to eat everything.
Never yell or scream near the horses ears or run quickly at them.
Horses have three main blind spots, and this is because their eyes are on the sides of their face, not like ours on the front of our face.
Horses cannot see under them and above them without sudden movements of their head. That is why they step on your feet. and can be startled and then hurt you.
They cannot see directly in front of them or behind them. That is why we always approach a horse in a diagonal line and speak softly to them, so they know where we are. That is also whey we never stand behind a horse. They can kick quickly and unexpectedly because they can become frightened if they suddenly realize someone is there.
Always be cautious and considerate of the horse becoming startled. Never make loud or sudden movements when you are close to them. Do not yell near them. Do not yell in their ears. That is when they can make sudden movements because they become scared.
Always speak softly to them and touch them softly so they know where you are when you are approaching.
Never speak loudly or run towards her or any horse. Horses have very good hearing, and yelling into their ears or near them will startle them.
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