The Wonder of Horses – Culverdale Residents Visit Athena Herd

Some of the Culverdale residents enjoyed a sunny four-week course at Athena Herd, Paddock Wood in August and September which was made possible by part funding from the Gatwick Foundation. 

Here, residents learnt to develop skills such as self-awareness and self-confidence through Equine Facilitated Learning (experiential interaction with the horses) and explored ‘grounding’ techniques to promote calm and relaxation. 

Everyone made huge progress and the sessions culminated in each person leading a horse named Apple around obstacles in the sand school by themselves. This was beneficial and invaluable work and our thanks go to Jennifer and Graeme and their amazing team at Athena Herd for making us feel so welcome and sharing their knowledge and expertise with us. 

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