Infographic: An Example of an EFL Activity

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Example of an EFL Session Activity at Freedom Equestrian

This popular activity is introduced once basic horse handling has been grasped. There are many variations that means this activity can be adapted to people with different abilities. It’s fun, and can easily go at the participant’s pace.

Activity: Create the Journey

Step 1: Create

The participant is asked to create an obstacle course to lead the horse through. Equipment is laid out for the participant to build with. Participants are encouraged to get creative.

If participants are unable to create their own obstacle, we will create one for them that’s easily accessible (for wheelchairs and assistants) and assist in leading the horse through with them.

Step 2: Lead the Horse

The participant then leads the horse through their obstacle course. The obstacle course is then varied 2-3 times to see how the changes affect the horse and its reactions.

Step 3: Observe & Reflect

After completing the activity, the participant and facilitator spend time reflecting on what it’s like to take ownership of their creations, working together with the horse as a team and overcoming the challenges.

Example of some possible questions the Facilitator asks:

  • What objects do you think you would like to use in your obstacle course? 
  • What order does your obstacle course go in? 
  • What is the best way to get the horse through your obstacle course? 
  • How do you think the horse is feeling? 
  • Why do you think the horse reacted that way when you tried to lead it around/over an obstacle?
  • What was your favourite part of this activity today?

Possible Session Outcomes:

  • Taking ownership 
  • Creativity & Focusing
  • Following Instructions
  • Basic Problem Solving
  • Completing a task 
  • Building trust 
  • Showing compassion
  • Motor skills
  • Teamwork

Does this sound like something you would like to try?

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