HorseHeard http://horseheard.com Experiential learning through interaction with horses Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:19:18 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 http://horseheard.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/cropped-HH-square-32x32.jpg HorseHeard http://horseheard.com 32 32 HorseHeard Inaugural Charity Ball http://horseheard.com/news/horseheard-inaugural-charity-ball-2/ http://horseheard.com/news/horseheard-inaugural-charity-ball-2/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 17:17:27 +0000 http://horseheard.com/?p=1871  HorseHeard Inaugural Charity Ball 2017 Come along and see Aitch Aitch attempting the Foxtrot! Saturday 11 November 2017 – 7.00 pm – 1.00 am The Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton-le-Moors, Accrington. BB5 5JP Bucks Fizz Reception, Three Course Meal, Live Entertainment – “Brothers of Swing” and DJ and Disco, Auction and Raffle Gentlemen – Black Tie/Suits  Ladies […]

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 HorseHeard Inaugural Charity Ball 2017

Come along and see Aitch Aitch attempting the Foxtrot!

Saturday 11 November 2017 – 7.00 pm – 1.00 am

The Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton-le-Moors, Accrington. BB5 5JP

Bucks Fizz Reception, Three Course Meal, Live Entertainment – “Brothers of Swing” and DJ and Disco, Auction and Raffle

Gentlemen – Black Tie/Suits  Ladies – Ball Gowns/Cocktail Dresses

Tickets £50 – Available from Mrs Rosie Rainford – 07929 645204 or email: r.dugay@btinternet.com

 

 

 


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A Magical Day Out – from a Friend of HorseHeard http://horseheard.com/uncategorized/a-magical-day-out-from-a-friend-of-horseheard/ http://horseheard.com/uncategorized/a-magical-day-out-from-a-friend-of-horseheard/#respond Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:29:50 +0000 http://horseheard.com/?p=1800 I became a Friend of HorseHeard fairly recently, a charity with which my daughter had become involved. My daughter had explained what it was about, and I had looked at the web site, but I still found it difficult to comprehend. When the opportunity arose to spend a day observing a programme, I jumped at […]

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the-_door-150217-001I became a Friend of HorseHeard fairly recently, a charity with which my daughter had become involved. My daughter had explained what it was about, and I had looked at the web site, but I still found it difficult to comprehend. When the opportunity arose to spend a day observing a programme, I jumped at the chance!

So it was that on a cold, foggy morning, a week or so ago, I found myself at an equestrian centre in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by happy people doing things with their horses. I was introduced to the three other HorseHeard facilitators who were running the programme for that day. They explained that the programme had been devised specifically to help the young people attending on that day. These were nine girls aged between eleven and eighteen each facing challenges of one sort or the other, and all of whom lacked self-confidence – none of them had any.

Initial introductions in a classroom were difficult. They were all very shy and apprehensive; only one of them had ever been near a horse and the rest were very worried about getting anywhere near one. With gentle coaxing and encouragement from the HorseHeard team, they started to open up a little and appeared less frightened.

Then it was time to meet the ponies in the arena and to get to know them. The girls were divided into two groups, and started by stroking the ponies, individually at first and then all together on either side. After about half an hour, all were enjoying the experience, and talking to the ponies, with a little encouragement from the helpers. Then it was time to do some grooming, which the ponies absolutely loved. One even went to sleep, he was so relaxed!! The girls were too, and back in the classroom for the next session they said how much they had enjoyed themselves.

Back in the arena, it was time to learn how to lead the ponies around with the leading rein. Some girls were already showing more confidence than others, and these found it quite easy to persuade the pony to go with them. The others found it quite a challenge, but with coaching and help, in the end they were able to show the pony that they were confident too, and would lead them where they wanted them to go. This all took a lot of time and patience, but I could already see how the girls were gradually getting more confident. Even those who weren’t able to speak at the beginning of the day were chatting with the others as well as to the ponies. It was quite remarkable seeing the change in them in such a short time.

There was another session in the classroom which I did not attend, after which it was back to the arena for the final session with the ponies. This time they had to lead them round an obstacle course; because of the brilliant tuition from the HorseHeard facilitators most of the girls were able to lead the ponies where they should go. Some had difficulty, but again, with gentle coaching they all managed it in the end.

I was not privy to the conversations between helpers, girls and ponies, but whatever was said must have been magical, because in the end they were all getting the ponies to do what they wanted them to do. They were enjoying the interaction and company of the each other and the ponies, and were quite sorry when the programme finished.

At the end of the day, the girls were very different from when they had arrived that morning. I was amazed at the difference – they were laughing, chatting, friendly and full of self-confidence, which I never thought possible after just one programme with HorseHeard.

I now understand what it’s all about, having witnessed the work that HorseHeard do with children from challenging backgrounds, and I hope they are able to continue their good work with other young people.

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Self-awareness versus reality? http://horseheard.com/news/self-awareness-versus-reality/ http://horseheard.com/news/self-awareness-versus-reality/#respond Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:54:15 +0000 http://horseheard.com/?p=1753 HorseHeard associate Zara Myers explores the benefit in developing our self-awareness. Are you able to talk about your strengths or weaknesses and which way does the balance sway?  Is the inclination towards your weaknesses rather than your strengths or vice versa?  How many people do you know that would accept the challenge of being told […]

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HorseHeard associate Zara Myers explores the benefit in developing our self-awareness.

Are you able to talk about your strengths or weaknesses and which way does the balance sway?  Is the inclination towards your weaknesses rather than your strengths or vice versa?  How many people do you know that would accept the challenge of being told they are underachieving and would have the emotional resilience to do something about it? The ability to assess yourself is a refined skill that takes time to develop. The earlier individuals can develop this self-awareness skill the more accurate it becomes.

Why is this skill important? When people place themselves in a role where their perceived strengths do not meet expectations, then the skill to truly evaluate their abilities is vital for their future development and growth. Have you ever tried to coach someone who doesn’t believe they need coaching? There is an important step to make before any coaching or training can take place, the student or employee must first accept that their skill and knowledge does not match expectation for the job in hand. When I have interviewed in my business it seems more and more people in that imposing first interview, walk in with perception that they are already very good at what they do and will not require any further development.

As a business owner I have found few people who do not require Continue Personal Development Training. I believe failure to offer CPD invites stagnation in both your business and your team. As an employer in the tourism industry alongside my other role as a HorseHeard facilitator, I have come across several interesting and highlighting moments when trying to employ school leavers for the first time. As someone dedicated to training and development, my ethos is to provide support and coaching to all employees when they start the role. However, as time moves forward and staff come and go, it appears the school leavers who are looking to their start their career are becoming less and less trainable.

Where does this phenomenon begin? In children’s developmental years, they are curious about the world and are keen to learn, using their parents and people in authority as their encyclopaedias. They tend to believe their word is gospel. As they start to grow, they recognise that they can have opinions and thoughts too, and these are then voiced and tested in the world to see how others react; experimenting and building a framework for what they believe and value. But what happens if they give too much value to the potential echo chamber of opinion that is social media and peer groups. Facebook and their online friends can become the only source of information and self-affirmation they pay attention to. The consistent message across these platforms is often “you are wonderful, don’t let anyone tell you different”.

As a wonderful person, why would they need to look anywhere else? It helps them feel confident and powerful. Now they realise they need a job, so they secure an interview. Almost inevitably, at some point they will be turned down for a role. That is the reality of the modern job market. The internal response to this setback can go one of two ways. They come to a mature realisation that their understanding of the professional world is limited, and through experience and self-development they can improve their chances of a successful interview at the next attempt.
Alternatively, they can believe that the person turning them down is an idiot who doesn’t know what they’ve passed up, or there is some sort of hypocrisy in play, self-affirming their belief that they are an indescribable talent just waiting to be discovered. How I manage such employees in my business has been developed from my work facilitating with the Charity ‘HorseHeard’

When ‘HorseHeard’, works with young people, they use horses to give honest and unbiased feedback to students of how they present themselves to the outside world. How does a horse do that you may ask? Horses live in complex social herds; their survival is dependent on immediate recognition of body language and their emotional state of others. This form of communication allows them to instantly anticipate the action to be taken.  When we place a human into the equation, horses can instantly assess, if you are a leader or follower, brave or fearful, friend or foe, despite what your worldly facade portrays.

This revelation as to your true self often shakes people to the core. The skill of the ‘Horse Heard’ Facilitators is to relay the interaction back to the candidate allowing the candidate to reflect on how their personal state affected the response from the horse.  As an example, a disinterested non-engaged student is often shocked when the horse instantly reflects their disinterested behaviour and ceases to engage with them altogether. The student realises they must make a conscience choice to change their emotional state to re-engage the horse.

This experiential learning returns them to the period of learning when children develop resilience, value sets and beliefs. If attempting to facilitate such change in any other way i.e. Lectures, classroom delivery, it can take months or years of repetitive work to achieve actual habitual change.  Horses have a unique talent for aligning self-perception to reality.

This is not a distance learning programme, hence there are regular FREE Taster sessions run by ‘Horse Heard’ across the country. If you are interested, go to our events page on the website www.horseheard.com to find out more.

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Where to find Aitch Aitch http://horseheard.com/news/where-to-find-aitch-aitch/ http://horseheard.com/news/where-to-find-aitch-aitch/#respond Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:30:30 +0000 http://horseheard.com/?p=1747 Here is your opportunity to find out a little bit more about HorseHeard’s loveable mascot Aitch Aitch. We now have created him a space all of his own on our main website – Aitch Aitch’s stable – where you can catch up on, not just his current, but also his previous bulletins and newsletters. Firstly, let him introduce […]

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Here is your opportunity to find out a little bit more about HorseHeard’s loveable mascot Aitch Aitch. We now have created him a space all of his own on our main website – Aitch Aitch’s stable – where you can catch up on, not just his current, but also his previous bulletins and newsletters.

Firstly, let him introduce himself: click here.

Aitch Aitch is an amiable figurehead for those that wish to support us by being a “Friend of HorseHeard“. He is also a constant companion around our workshops – supporting the young people, particularly during the indoor group discussion sessions. When you have Aitch Aitch, you have the floor.

As well as the above, he is an ever present commentator on our business plans and activities, via his “Numnah” series of regular bulletins. These represent a great way to keep in touch with HorseHeard, you can sign-up through our homepage. Visit his stable (above) to catch up.

You can also spend more time with him on our Club HorseHeard page where there are fun games to reconnect those with HorseHeard even when they are not at the stable.

 

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Bulletin Numnah Three – Looking forward to 2017 http://horseheard.com/news/bulletin-numnah-three-looking-forward-to-2017/ http://horseheard.com/news/bulletin-numnah-three-looking-forward-to-2017/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:21:40 +0000 http://horseheard.com/?p=1726 Aitch Aitch here again, your HorseHeard roving reporter and mascot. I’m glad to report that most of our team have returned after a short break although I know of one or two who are still away enjoying themselves.   We are looking forward to a very productive year in 2017 which means I will be dashing around […]

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Aitch Aitch here again, your HorseHeard roving reporter and mascot.

I’m glad to report that most of our team have returned after a short break although I know of one or two who are still away enjoying themselves.  

We are looking forward to a very productive year in 2017 which means I will be dashing around the country visiting programmes in Cornwall, Cumbria, Gloucestershire and Lancashire and that is just in the next few weeks.  

Below there is an update on the programmes that will take place soon, and if you would like to visit or support any of them then please let me know and I will put you in touch with Heather or Graham so that they can tie up the details.

We are always on the lookout for new facilitators to join the team so if this would interest you then take a look at the website where you can get more details of the planned training in March at HAPPA near Burnley. 

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Update on our programmes

We have completed the Cumbria Schools programme for Dowdales and Furness Academy and will soon be running the programmes in Burnley (LEAP) and one-day workshops for Gloucester Young Adult Careers in Gloucestershire as well as for The Door in Stroud.

We are also doing some individual work in Cornwall and have some other exciting programmes in the early stages of development.  We would really appreciate your help in finding schools or organisations that would benefit from our work and that will also give me a great excuse to get out and visit them as well – anything to get out of the office!!

The great power of our work is that young people make fantastic progress by learning from their own experience.  I can’t wait to hear what goes on in the other programmes.

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Check out the website and get your friends and colleagues to book a place on one of the Taster Events so that they can find out for themselves how powerful our work is and importantly how having fun in learning is so beneficial.  Given the choice I would attend them all the time. 

24 Jan –  at HAPPA – Burnley
26 Jan  at Overdale Equestrian Centre, near Burford
30 Jan –  at Wickstead Farm Equestrian Centre – Near Swindon

 

Well that is it for now- short and sweet.  A big thank you to everyone who supported us in 2016 in any way at all. We are only able to extend the power of the work we do with your continuing support. . Please pass this bulletin on to any friends or family you think might be interested and get them to sign up to get their own copy by visiting our website at www.horseheard.com.

Wishing you the most fantastic 2017, and don’t forget follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay completely up-to-date.

 

 

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Merry Christmas from Aitch Aitch http://horseheard.com/aitch-aitch-bulletin-stable/merry-christmas-from-aitch-aitch/ http://horseheard.com/aitch-aitch-bulletin-stable/merry-christmas-from-aitch-aitch/#respond Fri, 23 Dec 2016 13:23:15 +0000 http://horseheard.com/?p=1682 MERRY CHRISTMAS A very Merry Christmas to all HorseHeard’s friends, supporters and facilitators Aitch Aitch here and I am so happy that we are able to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and thank them for all they have done to help HorseHeard in 2016.  Wishing you all a fabulous holiday and prosperous New Year.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

A very Merry Christmas to all HorseHeard’s friends, supporters and facilitators

Aitch Aitch here and I am so happy that we are able to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and thank them for all they have done to help HorseHeard in 2016.  Wishing you all a fabulous holiday and prosperous New Year.

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Aitch Aitch’s Bulletin Numnah Two http://horseheard.com/news/aitch-aitchs-bulletin-numnah-two/ http://horseheard.com/news/aitch-aitchs-bulletin-numnah-two/#respond Thu, 22 Dec 2016 08:20:48 +0000 http://horseheard.com/?p=1596 They say you should never start with an apology so I wont but yesterday was a bit of a challenge as I had to help the HorseHeard Management Committee with some important work at their meeting in London and didn't get home in time to send this bulletin out to you.  Quite what state I will be in on New Year's Eve when Numnah Three is due to be circulated I do not like to imagine.  I hope you are all well and looking forward to hearing our news. 

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Aitch Aitch News Bulletin
Numnah Two
2 December 2016

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They say you should never start with an apology so I wont but yesterday was a bit of a challenge as I had to help the HorseHeard Management Committee with some important work at their meeting in London and didn’t get home in time to send this bulletin out to you.  Quite what state I will be in on New Year’s Eve when Numnah Three is due to be circulated I do not like to imagine.  I hope you are all well and looking forward to hearing our news. 

UPDATE ON HORSEHEARD’S RAINBOW PROGRAMMES

In Bulletin Numnah One I let you know about the launch of the Rainbow Programmes and now can now tell you that fantastic progress is being made and one of them – Cumbria Schools (Dowdales and Furness Academy) – is almost complete.   Dates for the other four programmes have been arranged for the early part of the 2017.   We are already seeing great results from the Cumbria programme.  After a horse had mimicked the hyperactive behaviour of one of the pupils they responded by saying:

“I noticed that the things that I might find fun other people might not, there’s no point in being giddy all the time”.

The great power of our work is that young people make fantastic progress by learning from their own experience.  I cant wait to hear what goes on in the other programmes.

We are taking a short break for the rest of the month but look at what is planned for January 2017

  • 24 Jan –  at HAPPA – Burnley
  • 26 Jan  at Overdale Equestrian Centre, near Burford
  • 30 Jan –  at Wickstead Farm Equestrian Centre – Near Swindon.  

Tell your family and friends to go to the events page and book their place soon.

Special guest at our Happa taster

We were joined by Miss England – Elizabeth Grant!.  She was very impressed with my suave and debonair appearance and spent a lot of time talking to me about the wonderful work that HorseHeard does.  I thought it would be good to let Christine and Heather have a photograph with her.

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Supporting HorseHeard

A big thank you to everyone who has made a donation to HorseHeard in the last month.  We are constantly seeking ways in which we can raise funds to extend the reach of our work to young people and adults.  If you have any ideas please email us at info@horseheard.com.

If you would like to donate or become a Friend of HorseHeard then please visit our “Support us” page.

 

Click here to visit Aitch Aitch’s stable and catch up on previous bulletins.
Don’t forget follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay completely up-to-date.

I hope you enjoy it and don’t hesitate to let me have your own HorseHeard news by sending it in an email to grahamdawson@horseheard.com.

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Jo Menon http://horseheard.com/uncategorized/jo-menon/ http://horseheard.com/uncategorized/jo-menon/#respond Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:52:49 +0000 http://horseheard.com/?p=1636 After studying law, Jo has had a varied career working in a range of industries and cultures across the world.  For the last 15 years Jo has worked predominantly in HR and IT managing global change projects. She’s set up several businesses and continues to consult with large corporates as well as chairing the Board […]

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After studying law, Jo has had a varied career working in a range of industries and cultures across the world.  For the last 15 years Jo has worked predominantly in HR and IT managing global change projects. She’s set up several businesses and continues to consult with large corporates as well as chairing the Board of Trustees for Bluebell Care in Bristol. 

Jo believes there are many synergies between managing projects and teams with raising two children albeit the children often behave better! Her passion is ‘making stuff happen’ and seeing those she works with realising their potential.

Having grown up with horses and now living with her own herd, Jo greatly enjoys bringing equine facilitated learning into her work. In her view there are few more effective ways for coaching non verbal communication, self awareness and emotional intelligence relevant to the changing work place. The enormous support, learning and sense of well being interacting with horses brings to young and vulnerable people is second to none. Being a Reiki Master, Jo is also fascinated with the way horses can teach energy work so completely.

She also works as a Facilitator for Horseheard in the South West of the UK.

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Christmas is fast approaching! There are numerous gifts now available on the high street, some of which may even deserve to win a place on your Christmas list. However, there is one gift that should earn a place near the top.

This winter, HorseHeard have launched their ‘Friends of HorseHeard’ scheme to support a young person through a HorseHeard programme. HorseHeard use Equine Facilitated Learning to aid children that need extra support in school and/or College. One of the programmes is focussed on improving emotional resilience, behavioural change and confidence building. There will be a child in every classroom, a child who lives on your street and it may even be your own child that would benefit from the extra support that HorseHeard can provide through their work.

HorseHeard have just started a programme in Cumbria paid for by the fundraising efforts this Summer. Although only two weeks in, the kids who have had the opportunity to join this programme have already had an insight into what positive changes they can make in their lives.

Lead facilitator on the programme: “One of the children attending this course is prone to hyperactive behaviour. Whilst trying to do a task with the horse, the horse mimicked the same hyperactive and distracted behaviour that the child does when asked to do a task in school. He saw and experienced for himself how his behaviour can have a negative impact to those around him and how frustrating it can be to work with hyperactivity.

At the end of the session he said, “I’ve noticed that the things I might find fun other people might not, there’s no point being giddy all the time.”

These small insights children gain from HorseHeard programmes can turn into life changing actions.

A Christmas donation from you or a friend could support a child through one of these life changing programmes. If Christmas is about giving then this could make for an ideal Christmas gift to a child local to you.

– Zara Myers, Dec 2016.

Click here to sign up and join the Friends of HorseHeard.

Click here to make a donation to support this valuable work

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If you shop online HorseHeard can get a donation every time you make a purchase. We have our own page at www.easyfundraising.org.uk.

All you need to go and do is create an account (follow instructions), then select HorseHeard as your chosen cause. And then just shop to heart’s desire. Most major retailers (such as Amazon, Marks and Spencer etc), travel operators or hotels have a donating agreement with them so it should not be too difficult to get what you need.

Click here to shop online and donate to HorseHeard with every purchase.

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