Our Saturday sessions focus on the interaction and communication that occurs between the learner, animals, session leader and family members. Opportunities to interact with the horses are provided through meeting the herd in the field, sensory exploration, brushing, feeding and leading as well as in games and activities when riding.
Where appropriate we also use singing; familiar action songs and made-up 'commentary songs' about what the young person is doing, looking at or listening to. This helps to focus and engage the child and provides repeated, structured language.
Learners may not be ready for all the activities in the first session and it may take time for them to adjust to the new sights, sounds and smells. It is not unusual to take several sessions before they will approach the animals. They will still benefit from being around the horses and in the outside environment. If they feel comfortable doing so, family and friends are encouraged to engage with the session.