Whilst there are many ways of interacting with a horse on the ground, ultimately many people want to progress to being on the horse. The therapeutic value of doing this is different to the interaction on the ground. The connection is more physical in nature and the communication takes on a different form. What has been developed on the ground is still applicable but in a slightly different way.
EFL Mounted is NOT about teaching people to ride! It is a development of the connection and communication started on the ground and/or a means of people with certain disabilities getting therapeutic benefits that they are unable to achieve from the ground.
Initially the physical connection with the horses head will remain with the facilitator – ie head collar and rope. The client will have no direct connection ie no reins. Neck straps or other appropriate equipment will give the client a means of balance if required. Bareback pads should be used wherever possible unless the requirements of the client make a saddle more appropriate.
A variety of exercises can be used to develop this new communication between client and horse. No bits will be used. There are many clients who will never progress beyond much more than a “sensory ride” but that does not mean that they will not derive many benefits from being on the horse rather than on the ground.
The demands on the horse are obviously different to those for the ground work and not all horses will be able to do both. The connection with the facilitator needs to be very solid and well developed and the horse happy to accept a possibly unbalanced and uncoordinated passenger!
EFL Mounted will be a 3 day clinic only available to those who have successfully completed Level 1 and attended a Level 2 clinic. The skills developed in these clinics will be necessary to put into practice the techniques and exercises required for Mounted work. Facilitators will be able to perform and teach the necessary skills to enable clients to benefit from being mounted and to assess
and train suitable horses for this work.
Post clinic practical work (15 hours) and associated documentation will be required for successful completion of EFL Mounted
All Clinic Bookings require a 25% deposit.
This can be made prior to your application/registration being accepted in order to hold your position in the clinic. If your
application/registration is not accepted your deposit will be immediately refunded.
If you cancel your position in the clinic less than 3 weeks prior to the clinic/workshop your deposit will not be returned.
Full payment for clinic/workshops etc (accommodation and catering if required) is required no later than 4 working days prior to clinic/workshop. All payments for clinic/workshops fee’s and AEFL Services are to be made out to Australian Equine Facilitated Learning Pty Ltd. Please contact us for all available payment options.