Horses help to change hearts

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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.

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