Coach’s Guide

Each section contains:

Practical tips – ideas to help your setting implement the curriculum activities

Group Activity – something a coach can do with learners

1-2-1 Activity – something a coach can do with an individual learner

Pro Tip – suggestions or comments based on our years of practise and experience as coaches.

Science Tip – a useful piece of scientific information

Key Message

HELPING STUDENTS TO BE THE BEST LEARNERS THEY CAN BE

Setting Up For Success

  • Creating the right environment for learning
  • Understanding why movement is important for the brain
  • Using the power of nature
  • Working with animal partners

Removing Barriers To Learning

  • Working with learners’ preferences and differences
  • Reducing triggers
  • Working in a trauma informed way
  • Working with demand avoidance

Learning Together

  • Flexible, collaborative coaching
  • Using intrinsic motivation
  • The power of experiential learning
  • Teaching about things that are outside your control
  • The hidden curriculum

Communication is Everything

  • How language can be a trigger
  • The power of body language
  • Non-violent communication
  • Empowering your learners to be their own best advocate

After reading the notes, the Coach will have a broad understanding of:

  • benefits of working in our kind of environment
  • an overview of how to communicate in a way that does not pressurise or trigger the learner
  • how to help the learner get the best out of their own brain and maximise their learning
  • how to explain this to parents / carers / professionals

MODULE 1 EQUINE SENSES

What is a prey animal?

Equine vision

  • A deeper look into the equine eye
  • How and why a horse changes it vision
  • Blind spots, depth perception, field of vision, night vision
  • The impact of vision on behaviour

Hearing

  • Muscle structure
  • How horse’s locate sound
  • Hearing distances and frequencies
  • Working with a horse on a rainy day
  • The impact of hearing on behaviour

Touch

  • Levels of sensitivity around the body
  • Why some horses don’t like touch
  • Behavioural signs that a horse is worried about touch
  • Mutual grooming
  • The importance of whiskers
  • The impact of touch on behaviour

Smell

  • What makes a horse’s sense of smell so good
  • Flehmen response
  • How horses locate each other
  • How to help with the introduction of a new horse to the herd

Taste

  • The different categories of taste
  • How early weaning can affect eating habits
  • Case Study: How to help your horse to take oral medication and worming pastes

MODULE 2 EQUINE ENRICHMENT

What is enrichment and why is it important

Seeking system

Natural foraging and roaming habits

Behavioural and physiological effects of unenriched environments

What can we do to help our horse’s needs

The compromises that can be made to meet a horse’s needs

Visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory enrichment

Common hedgerow herbs throughout the year and their healing properties

MODULE 3 THE BASICS OF BEHAVIOUR

Welfare and Brambell’s five freedoms

Feral populations

History of the equine

Social Structure and herd roles

The 4F’s and Resource Holding Potential

Priority behaviours in detail

Case Study: Tommy and psychogenic polydipsia

Case Study: George and Josh – using play as exercise

Comparing different equine management set ups

Anthropomorphism