The I-Pegasus team shares a common goal: to provide opportunities in sport, animal and equestrian studies and welfare, education and recreation to improve the health and well being of groups and individuals. We are committed to collaborating with our rural communities to build and maintain services and experiences which enable our local populations to strengthen their collective resources and create enhanced rural livelihoods and social interaction. We know that sharing experiences, learning developing, collaborating together has a direct and measurable positive impact on mental and physical wellness.
I-Pegasus will be using the British Horse society's changing lives through horses programme. The programme will be based at Grove House Stables Equestrian Centre which offers excellent indoor and outdoor training facilities https://ghs.ecpro.co.uk/
A report produced by the Princes Trust in 2017, shows that more than a quarter of young people do not feel in control of their lives, and that a crisis of confidence in their own abilities and future prospects is preventing them from realising their true potential.
The most effective thing we can do is help young people to develop their key life skills; resilience and coping mechanisms that they will need to succeed in education, employment and ultimately adult life.
The British Horse Society passionately believes that horses have a remarkable role to play in impacting on young people’s lives when other methods may not have been successful. The equestrian environment provides a powerful way of inspiring young people to connect, improve well-being and become productive members of society through a culture that provides routine, structure and the natural development of life skills.
Changing Lives through Horses (CLTH) is an educational and character building programme that uses a flexible framework of activity. CLTH will develop vital life skills that are required by the young person to succeed in education, employment and adult life. These include communication, confidence, responsibility, relationships, team work and personal achievement. http://www.bhs.org.uk/changinglivesthroughhorses/about-the-programme
With the horse at the core of the learning environment, young people develop a variety of life skills ranging from everyday communication through to team work and understanding responsibility.
Horses are the best life coaches. They are wise and honest and strong. Horses respond to clear and effective communication, and have the ability to teach us this without even knowing we are studying them. They bestow on us the gift of confidence and self-esteem, deepening our self-awareness and allowing us to find direction in life. They allow us to discover natural talents and strengths we didn’t know we had.
"Without conversation, judgement or confrontation, the environment has been created to allow a life-changing experience."
Putting a headcollar on a horse might seem a simple task, but in the programme this task teaches the young person far more, developing their ability to approach a situation with care, empathy and confidence.They will learn how to read body language and consider the horse’s comfort.
Our goal is to ensure these skills are transferable, because we use them every day when treating other people with kindness and respect.
Approaching horses and recognising expressions and likely reactions, mimics our everyday skills in social situations. Horses have a natural ability to teach us without even knowing we are learning, helping pupils to develop an understanding of how to assess others around them and respond to them based on another’s personality and mood.
Reading subtle cues in how a horse moves and their facial expressions helps the young person develop an awareness to respond appropriately to others, read verbal and non-verbal communication and have confidence in new environments.
A wealth of skills we use every day are supported in this activity: integrating literacy skills while reading a feed chart for a designated horse, numeracy skills in using weights and understanding fractions, and understanding the importance of health and nutrition.Reading and following clear instructions using numbers and tables in a practical environment allows pupils to gain confidence with numeracy, transfer skills to using tables and develop responsibility in caring for themselves and others.
The British Horse Society (BHS) is the UK’s largest horse charity. Over the past 70 years, the BHS has worked tirelessly for the benefit of horses as well as the people around them. As a charity, with its heart in education, they have a duty to create as many opportunities as possible for young people to enjoy and experience the benefit of horses.
The BHS has over 530 Approved Riding Centres and more than 20,000 BHS coaches across the UK. These centres offer a safe and caring environment where young people can learn alongside highly trained coaches who have the ability to inspire people, teach vital life skills and offer a path of progression for the future, both within and outside of the equestrian industry.
The I Pegasus CIC and the BHS are passionate about working in partnership with schools, local authorities and youth organisations across the UK, to meet the needs of young people who would be more suited to alternative provision and support the development of key life skills, boost academic attainment and support their transition into further education, training and/or employment to sustainably change their lives.
The programme is continually developing a bank of possible exit routes, all of which will support and celebrate the developments that have occurred throughout the programme and allow the young person to continue to develop and progress in a positive way.
I Pegasus CIC would like to offer your organisation the opportunity for your learners to experience the benefits of its provision. Various packages are available ranging from group training (4 individuals ) @£40.00 per person for a session from 10 until 2 and one to one sessions @£100.00 for a session from 10 until 2 . Sessions are booked and paid for half termly in advance. All programmes are roll on to suit individual's needs. Sessions are available Mon to Fri
If you would like to find out more information about the CLTH programme and how you may refer a young person into the programme pleasec contact Andrew Stennett on 01427 890802