Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. ~ Anonymous

Grooming Today's Youth©

Leaders for Tomorrow

Do you worry about what you are going to be when you "grow up"?

Have your grades been slipping? Do you feel less confident?

Are the pressures of achievement taking
their toll on your relationships?

Would you like to explore your future
based on your heart's desire NOW?

In today's competitive world it has become much more imperative to get out ahead of the pack early in life. However due to higher stress rates in school, especially in high school and collegiate prep schools it is much harder to remain competitive. On the premise of preparing students for higher education, learning how to be successful working with the horses can give students the confidence and skills they need to work towards goals in other areas of their lives.

Photo courtesy of Teaming for SuccessAt Spring Reins of Hope we have realized that horses can serve as the missing piece of the puzzle to help adolescents prepare for adulthood and to harness their energy, motivation and goals into a design for future successes. Grooming Today's Youth ~ Leaders for Tomorrow is a group workshop where horses are utilized as teachers for adolescents who are yearning to excel but are struggling with competition, grades, peer pressure, concentration and concern about their future, etc.

Photo courtesy of Teaming for SuccessThe horses provide an environment that is supportive, non-judgmental and at the same time a challenging arena to process students' limiting beliefs, stress triggers, self-management and other core issues that may be standing in the way of achieving excellence.

Performance anxiety and presentation skills are also touched on where for example, during the workshop students may be asked to explain a math problem or deliver a speech to the horses. While explaining algebra to a horse may seem silly, the activity is meant to allow practice or rehearsal to refine their presentation skills in front of a non-judgmental audience. Students are able to spend time with the material and the concepts they wish to convey without worrying if they are doing it right or not...which can take a lot of pressure off the situation and help them find their personal voice and stride.

Activities can involve a group tasks using several horses, or may pair up solo - one student to one horse; this dynamic can offer a host of learning opportunities for both intrapersonal and interpersonal skills. One example of this may start out with students individually paired with a horse and the aim of getting "their horse" to pass between two marked cones. Then, as a variation or continuation of this same exercise we might have the entire group work as a team to get one horse (that they collectively select) to pass through the cones...only this time "no talking." Suddenly students are able to determine the difference between solving problems independently and also that success sometimes means reaching out to others for assistance. Developing this wisdom is essential to navigating through all of life's adversities.

Photo courtesy of Teaming for SuccessStudents begin to understand cause and effect, how what they verbally say (or don't say) and physically do will relate not only to themselves but to their peers, classmates and family. This mirror-like heightened awareness that results from interacting and working with the horses naturally provides guidance for students to arrive at a clearer sense of self, self-awareness, and improved self-confidence. These skills are easily transferred into real life by helping to develop a strategic plan to nurture big dreams for their future.

Spring Reins of Hope offers the Grooming Today's Youth ~ Leaders for Tomorrow workshop to allow the horses to help adolescents foster invaluable life skills, such as:

  • Responsibility for self, actions, and a life plan
  • Setting goals and follow through
  • Resiliency to reassess if obstacles arise
  • Self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Provide insights into stress and personal management
  • Building important social and relationship skills
  • Concept of personal and time management
  • Creating a road map for success based on their innate desires
  • Self-initiative and motivation

This workshop is generated as a group session atmosphere; however private coaching workshops are available by appointment. Grooming Today's Youth ~ Leaders for Tomorrow is specifically targeted for students in Junior High School, High School, GED, and Prep School students - for those who are interested in pursuing higher education.

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