27 April 2018
The Benefits of Equine Experiential Learning: Magenta’s Story
Magenta has attended our Day Program at Springett House since 2017, and since then, she has flourished in so many ways. She has become an important part of our group and loves to participate in all of the activities.
Magenta has expanded and learned many new skills socially, academically and communication-wise. For instance, with the assistance of Interchange Australia Support Worker Amy, Magenta has learned how to play Uno and memory games quite well. Amy describes Magenta as a fast learner who loves to win. Also, for the first time, Magenta was recently able to sit and enjoy a movie at the local cinema. Although these may seem like minor things that most of us take for granted, for Magenta these are some major achievements in her life. Interchange Australia is privileged to have been a part of those milestones.
The activity that Magenta has shown the most success in has been the Eureka Horse Wisdom Equine Experiential Learning (EEL) sessions, which she attends once per week. With the assistance of one of our Support Workers and the staff at Eureka, Magenta has been able to enjoy interaction with horses on many different levels.
Initially when Magenta attended Eureka Horse Wisdom, her family had few expectations. However, the calming influence these wonderful creatures have on Magenta has been quite remarkable. The comfort level Magenta has shown with the horses has been amazing to observe. She will quite happily be surrounded by a large group of animals at once and Magenta has led a horse independently. This is a major change from the Magenta that arrived on her first day, showing signs of frustration and upsetting behaviour.
Staff at Eureka Horse Wisdom have observed her smiling, almost laughing at times, and even getting cheeky with things like opening gates – showing that Magenta feels truly safe and relaxed around the horses, allowing her pleasant and humorous personality to shine through. Magenta’s family have also noted she is more calm in her home environment, as the autistic behaviours often displayed by her rarely happen now. Overall, Magenta seems to be a happier young lady. She can now make eye contact and is showing affection, which in the past has been a rare experience for those closest to her. This is a beautiful and welcome change for her loved ones to see.
Many of Interchange Australia’s clients enjoy spending time at Eureka Horse Wisdom. Benefits to our clients include growth in self-confidence, self-esteem, social skills, development of gross and fine motor skills, emotional control … the list goes on.
If Equine Experiential Learning (EEL) sounds like something that you or a loved one may benefit from, please visit Eureka Horse Wisdom’s website.
If you would like to learn more about our wide range of services and activities, please contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 112 334.