Hoofbeats & Books is an innovative after school program combining academics and Equine Assisted Activities. It enhances reading skills and life skills through horsemanship and riding. The program follows the Horse Powered Reading® curriculum, connecting participants with horses. Group activities like grooming and care foster teamwork and bonding. Social and emotional learning is emphasized through discussions, mindfulness exercises, and reflection. Participants gain equine knowledge, reading skills, and valuable life skills. Hoofbeats & Books is inclusive, safe, and supportive, offering a unique learning experience for all.
The Equellness Center is an organization who believes that a child’s wellbeing benefits from a slower pace of life.
Today’s youth live in a society that expects them to do more, want more, and be more. This, in turn, often creates undue stress and anxiety. We invite your child to the Equellness Center; a place of refuge where a child can learn to listen to their body, connect with others, and learn the skills of self regulation.
In a Hoofbeats & Books session, children start by getting comfortable around horses. They learn horsemanship skills such as grooming and leading. Then, they gather in a reading area near the horses for a reading session. They can interact with the horses by petting or talking to them, creating a calming effect. After reading, they engage in hands-on equine-assisted learning activities to practice leadership, teamwork, and communication. An experienced facilitator guides them throughout the session, connecting horses to learning objectives. The session concludes with a debriefing activity for reflection and applying the lessons learned.
Horse Powered Reading®, created by Michele Pickel PhD, uniquely combines social-emotional learning with academics. Students fully engage in reading in partnering with horses and using props to grasp the five fundamental reading skills: phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Reading to horses in a non-judgmental environment builds confidence and motivation. The presence of horses reduces anxiety, fostering a bond that enhances reading and connection. This effective program benefits struggling readers and cultivates a lifelong appreciation for reading and horses.
At Hoofbeats & Books, our mission is to empower children's well-being and enhance reading and life skills through an inclusive after school program combining academics and Equine Assisted Activities. Guided by experienced facilitators and our Horse Powered Reading® curriculum, we foster social-emotional learning, teamwork, and bonding in a calming environment near horses at the Equellness Center.
We aim to support children who may be struggling to develop essential reading skills while also providing an opportunity for those who enjoy reading to strengthen their abilities and make new friends in the process.
Through Horse Powered Reading®, students work with horses on the ground and use props to identify obstacles in their reading journey and learn five key reading skills: understanding sounds in words (phonemic awareness), decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.
Welcome to The Equellness Center! Our mission is to foster wellness in an inclusive community through innovative programs that harness the healing power of horses. We believe wellness encompasses physical, mental, and social well-being, and our personalized approach goes beyond traditional offerings to cater to each individual's unique journey.
We create a safe and inclusive space for individuals to improve their well-being through the unique bond between humans and horses. Our programs incorporate equine-assisted therapy, mindfulness practices, and physical activity to foster resilience, self-awareness, and emotional regulation. From children's programs like summer camps, KinderHorse and Hoofbeats&Books to adult programming such as Mediation Circles, Toolbox for Recovery, and Family Experiences, we cater to diverse age groups and offer a range of transformative experiences.
At the heart of our mission is a commitment to promoting wellness, fostering personal growth, and building a more connected and compassionate community. We believe that by working together and supporting one another, we can create a brighter, healthier future for all.
Next Session begins February 2024
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