Work­ing with horses

The Australian Education Reporter - - GREAT LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS -

AT Lead­ing Edge Life Skills, our fun and in­ter­ac­tive youth pro­grams are specif­i­cally de­signed to en­sure the learn­ing and re­ten­tion of nec­es­sary life skills to aid each child’s per­sonal growth. It is a unique ap­proach with the horses – not hu­mans – be­ing the teacher.

Our pro­grams of­fer more than just a fun day out of the class­room. They are a pow­er­ful jour­ney of teach­ing, learn­ing and un­der­stand­ing.

We of­fer a range of pro­grams that can be tai­lored in con­tent, struc­ture and du­ra­tion to meet the spe­cific de­vel­op­ment needs of pri­mary and se­condary school stu­dents.

Pro­gram Op­tions:

• Skill De­vel­op­ment Pro­grams for all chil­dren and young adults, 8 years and over, fo­cus­ing on de­vel­op­ing a range of core lead­er­ship and life skills.

• Young Leader Pro­grams for those in lead­er­ship roles or demon­strat­ing lead­er­ship po­ten­tial, at school, in sports teams or in other ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

• Transitions Pro­grams for pri­mary school stu­dents prepar­ing to move to se­condary school and young adults tran­si­tion­ing from school to fur­ther stud­ies or the work place.

• Youth at Risk Pro­grams for young peo­ple fac­ing chal­lenges in their lives and stu­dents iden­ti­fied as at risk of dis­en­gage­ment. Pro­grams pro­mote self-es­teem, in­tegrity, lead­er­ship, ac­count­abil­ity and team­work.

• Anti-bul­ly­ing Pro­grams for chil­dren and young adults. De­signed to teach com­mu­ni­ca­tion, as­sertive­ness, team­work and in­clu­sion in a neu­tral, non-threat­en­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Our pro­grams are based on the Equine As­sisted Learn­ing (EAL) model, with proven suc­cess in learn­ing and re­ten­tion for our par­tic­i­pants in a fun and ef­fec­tive way.

We have worked with a num­ber of schools, both pri­mary and se­condary, and youth or­gan­i­sa­tions and the pos­i­tive changes we see in par­tic­i­pants fol­low­ing their in­ter­ac­tion with the horses is in­cred­i­ble!

In ad­di­tion, Lead­ing Edge Life Skills is the only Aus­tralian com­pany qual­i­fied by the Academy of Equine As­sisted Learn­ing to of­fer the Equine Con­nec­tion Build­ing Block™ Fa­cil­i­ta­tor Course to train and cer­tify new fa­cil­i­ta­tors.

You can find more in­for­ma­tion on Equine As­sisted Learn­ing (EAL) and our skill build­ing pro­grams on our web­site (

Horses have nat­u­ral ‘herd be­hav­iours’, that re­quire trust, re­spect and team­work from stu­dents.

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