True Ways – Apprenticeship
For teenagers 14 to 19 years old
A learning programme for high competence in Holistic Horsemanship and Natural horse care.
Every other Friday (term time) from 10am to 5pm
Starting Jan 14th 2022
The True Ways Apprenticeship Programme is a fantastic opportunity for young people to explore the full Holistic Horsemanship curriculum for real competence and skills, at an accessible price.
Open to teenagers age 14 to 19, its aim is to provide a space of natural learning in an positive environment, with Nature and animals both as a foundation and as teachers.
In an atmosphere of total inclusion and from a place of inspiration and empowerement, True Ways provides tuition for qualifying skills in real Horsemanship and natural equine husbandry and land care, as well as social skills, emotional intelligence, resilience, positive group integration and positive leadership.
True Ways follows the complete Holistic Horsemanship curriculum in modules adapted to the rhythm of the sessions:
Students also have the opportunity to meet natural and traditional horse care professionals at work: natural hoof trimmer, equine dentist, natural equine health practitioner, vet etc.
Young people can choose to join us for a term of discovery, carry on in an informal way simply for enjoyment or to follow the entire programme and achieve Mastery level – where they are able to work with horses to professional standards.
A checklist of the curriculum path is given to each participant, and those who wish can tick off learning outcomes and take friendly assessments to mark their progress and receive a Horse & Heart certificate of competence for the level achieved.
This is not compulsory however, everyone can choose their own style of learning.
True Ways workshops take place every other Friday and participants commit to a term of attendance (non refundable).
Each workshop is split between:
- 1/2 day work on the land – an opportunity to learn equine husbandry and land care
- 1/2 day lesson in Holistic Horsemanship including practical horse training skills (Liberty & rope, leading to riding & harness) and equine ethology (equine behaviour & psychology).
Lessons take place in the Horse & Heart herd and cover natural equine language and behaviour, herd connection in mutual trust and respect, applied equine language through sessions with the ponies at Liberty, communication through touch and through energy, teaching the horse new tricks and how to overcome fear... and much more, for a bond that will last forever and skills that can be transferred to any horse.
Students learn groundwork as a foundation to all equestrian disciplines, transferring their communication skills to riding if they wish once they have achieved the necessary level in groundwork (this may take a few months as Holistic Horsemanship works from the basis of true communication and relationship with the horse and this takes time to build).
Students are not require to ride however, there is plenty to learn and develop on the ground and some choose to focus on that.
Holistic Horsemanship also develops personal skills such as self-confidence and expression, conscious communication, team building and cooperation, positive leadership, emotional intelligence and motor skills.
Work time is all about learning to look after horses and after the land and is part of the learning outcomes of the apprenticeship: tasks will involve mucking out, feeding, fence maintenance, weeding, sowing, tack care, etc.
It is also a preparation for the expectations of real working life: learning how to work to the best standards of care and quality, be reliable and efficient in all weather conditions, stay positive and deal with tasks that are sometimes exciting and new and other times challenging and repetitive, and learn to take responsibilities for the welfare of the horses.
True Ways is the place to be to learn how to take one's true place in life, learning from horses.