“One of our residents was a care leaver, very introverted and with no idea how to move on. All our usual avenues were not attractive to him and we were at a loss as to how we could help him."
Most of the young adults we work with suffer from low self esteem and life expectations - it is up to us to try to find pathways which will help. Some time ago we came across a way in which we had never before encountered – horses. One of our residents was a care leaver, very introverted and with no idea how to move on.
All our usual avenues were not attractive to him and we were at a loss as to how we could help him Fortunately one of our colleagues suggested that he might benefit through a local stable which gave the community the opportunity to interact with horses, they had already had success with other young people and they agreed to visit. At first we were all a little dubious this could succeed where all other methods had failed but slowly and surely we began to see a great change in their outlook and growing confidence levels. The rest is history.
He eventually left to work in one of the top stables in Newmarket where he has become quite a celebrity.
Since then we have sent other young adults to work with the horses and in each case it has raised the level of awareness and confidence. We would recommend that it is worth trying for any young or not so young person when other approaches have failed.
“Sarah was welcoming and immediately very easy to chat to and enabled me quickly to be at ease with her and around her horses. I felt Toby chose to work with me during my first session with the horses.”
I met Sarah as a client in 2018 to participate in equine therapeutic sessions. Sarah was welcoming and immediately very easy to chat to and enabled me quickly to be at ease with her and around her horses. I felt Toby chose to work with me during my first session with the horses.
Working with Toby gave me the necessity to calm my mind and body and practise a mindful change of focus for my worrying brain. With Toby close by it helped me to still my thoughts and concentrate on the moment. I found it fascinating how Toby would respond to subtle changes in my body language which gave me a new found confidence with him and being able to affect his responses in a calm, kind and purposeful manner.
In a busy and sometimes hectic world filled with too much language and constant opportunity for social contact through phones, media etc it was so needed to step back, pause, breathe and regain the power to still my chattering brain. A wonderfully reflective, experience, influenced and enhanced by the wisdom of Toby, facilitated by Sarah and what they could both teach me.
From this learning experience, I have taken with me the skills that I have practised and I have applied them to other areas of my life.
Thank you Toby and Sarah
“I had the pleasure of working with Sarah Biranne throughout my teenage years. She offered her expertise on all things equine related and both myself and many others around me learnt a great deal from her. ”
I had the pleasure of working with Sarah Biranne throughout my teenage years. She offered her expertise on all things equine related and both myself and many others around me learnt a great deal from her.
Sarah always had a positive attitude and was easily approachable, which was great as it meant we could ask lots of questions to develop a better understanding! I learnt how to behave around and handle horses in a safe way, how to work with them in a kind way which benefits both the horse and human and in later years Sarah has always been open and available to give advice on any equine matter.
As I don't come from an equine background, this has been a great help! Additionally, after learning natural horsemanship techniques from Sarah, I was able to go abroad to work with horses in this way and build on my knowledge further.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with Sarah, and cannot thank her enough for the knowledge, experience and time she has given me.
I could not recommend her enough if you're looking for a kind, approachable and fun way to learn about horses!