Horses help to change hearts
WHEN most of us think of teachers, our minds zip to backpacks, classrooms and playgrounds.
But there are some new teachers in the Chinchilla district, teachers of the four-legged variety.
Hoofprints of Change is one of only a handful of certified Equine Assisted Learning facilities in Australia and is based in Burncluth.
Facilitator and founder Vicki Mayne was inspired to start Hoofprints of Change for two reasons – to help the community and her beloved horses.
Having been part of a similar program in the past, Mrs Mayne said she knew the positive effects working with horses had on youth and was soon trained as an EAL facilitator.
Mrs Mayne said EAL was about life skills, communication and focus, with programs tailored for school children, community groups, businesses, women and families.
“Us humans are the facilitators, our horses do all the teaching,” she said.
NEW TEACHERS: Hoofprints of Change soft launch.