The main objectives of the horsemanship program are :
- Increase confidence and self esteem
- Positive relationship building
- Trust building
- Enhancing critical thinking skills
- Create positive social interaction and communication – RESPECT
Remuda is an initiative that provides participants a variety of learning opportunities to enhance self confidence and critical thinking skills that supports their capacity to make healthy life style choices.
Remuda focuses on encouragement, direction and empowerment . Encouragement for participants to take risks, with the understanding that each individual’s place in society needs to be honored.
Remuda believes supporting individual development in learning is imperative for attaining positive outcomes. Remuda is an equine assisted social skill development program in which participants are encouraged to develop pro-social skills through interaction with horses. The program concentrates on traditional horsemanship methods, used for thousands of years when working wi
th horses, and combines them with activities and ideologies from existing Adventure-based learning programs. This combination distinguishes Remuda as a unique program.
Remuda focuses on encouragement, direction and empowerment. Encouragement for youth to take risks, with the understanding that each individuals place in society needs to be honored. Clear directions that will support individual transition in learning is imperative for success and empowerment.
The Remuda Horsemanship Program provides a foundation of internal and external assets. Internal Assets based on a commitment to learning, positive values, social competences, resiliency skills and positive identity. External Assets focus on a foundation of building positive communication and support networks among family, neighborhoods and school communities .Presently, Remuda is designed as a ten week-long program, with five groups running twice each week for two hours each time. Although horsemanship is the main focus of the group’s activities it is not exclusive, experiential games and activities are also a part of each session and provide an essential link with the skills developed working with the horses and skills used in participant’s day-to-day lives. Activities such as The Big Loop, and Full Value Contracts are important to ensure the success of each group. Participants are also supplied with a sketchbook and pencil crayons as journaling the experience either through words or picture is a part of each session.
Remuda offers participants different programs based on their experience and comfort level. All participants’ start in the Beginner Horsemanship program, this program concentrates mainly on relationship building and social interaction. Groundwork with the horses is the primary skill learned, as participants learn to build trust with the horses, the group, and themselves. Communication, body language, and respect are the tools Remuda uses to facilitate these goals.
The next level, Advanced Horsemanship utilizes the skills and relationships built in the beginner group and moves it “onto the back” of the horse, the basic skills learned in beginner horsemanship are now built upon and tested. Although the participant may have already been riding, this becomes the primary focus of the group activities, cultivating teamwork with their horses and as a group. The care and responsible handling of horses is also taught at this level.
The objectives of the Remuda program are to increase self-esteem, confidence, build trust, and develop positive social skills. Through the development of horsemanship fundamentals these objectives can be clearly emphasized. The act of working with a horse to complete a certain task necessitates an awareness of self, along with a certain level of trust and communication. Working with horses allows for the teaches these skills in a very simple, basic, and obvious way. Group objectives are connected to life skills and debriefed using the horses as visual aids. While working through the program participants interact socially with each other, as well as their horses. This provides an excellent opportunity for skill development under the guidance of the facilitators. Interaction with the horse is immediate, the pace of this interaction is personalized to each individual or group to facilitate successful understanding of the skills experienced, and how they relate to the objective of the program.