New video – all about Equine Therapy

Hear from Kim Wren of Wedgetail Rides about what makes Equine Therapy so effective and why her herd is so special.

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Twenty reasons a little horse time has big rewards for your child

Horses teach children that:

  1. Not everything goes to plan.
  2. Sometimes it’s the little wins that matter – especially when they add to bigger things.
  3. The most important person you can trust is yourself (followed closely by your horse).
  4. Being outside in nature is good for your body, and even better for your heart.
  5. Being accepting and not judging is how you actually establish real bonds.
  6. It doesn’t matter how small you are, or how big the horse is, you can still find a way to be together.
  7. What your instinct tells you is always real.
  8. Consistency and persistence build trust and ability in ways that last forever.
  9. When you lose connection, you lose your mindfulness.
  10. You can be strong and soft at the same time.
  11. Being honest with yourself is step one.
  12. Every horse, just like every person, is valuable and has a gift to share.
  13. Loving horses is just the beginning. You need to love to care for them as well.
  14. The welfare of the horse comes first but always practice self-care as well.
  15. Fun and light-heartedness will get you there. Be the process, and the destination will reveal itself.
  16. A child is always capable of more than they think they are, and more than we think they are too.
  17. Horses see through a lie and you cannot pretend.
  18. You don’t need the matching outfit, the expensive gear or even clean clothes to be with horses and they will love you just the same.
  19. Sometimes letting go is the kindest thing.
  20. Children are ultimately wise. Follow their interests because it could be their life passions/calling.

And all this happens without saying a word.

Without even riding.

We offer Riders Group (one full day a month) individual riding lessons, and equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) sessions for children for all abilities.

© Lindy Schneider/Wedgetail Rides Equine Therapy

PAYMENT POLICIES

RIDERS GROUP
Wedgetail Rides is now taking bookings for Term 4 for the Children’s Riders group

We will no longer be offering casual places in this program and request that a commitment is made and paid for upfront for the full term. We will offer a 10% discount on all term bookings paid for prior to 8 October 2017.

The current format will continue ie once per month, 10.30am to 3.30pm, lunch included

Term investment $400 per child  (with early bird discount $360)

Term 4 (school) is 10 weeks – each child will be allocated to 3 sessions

Places/horses will only be reserved for fully paid up participants.

Trail rides/ EFL sessions – adult/children – Effective immediately

Cancellation of bookings without 48 hours notice will be charged at the full rate.

All causal bookings will require a 50% deposit at time of booking. Credit card is preferred.

Adult Riders group and other program items such as clinics and group sessions will require an upfront payment in full.

 PAYMENT OPTIONS:

Cash To Kim
Direct Debit Account  Bank: Bendigo Bank

Name:             Kim Wren

BSB:               633 000

Account:        149414096

Paypal Use account ID wedgetailrides@bigpond.com
Credit card Payment portal on our website

Please support us in providing a sustainable and healthy environment for our horses by honouring these conditions.  While we understand last minute changes are at times unavoidable, Wedgetail Rides cannot absorb the continued challenges of lost income by way of cancellations. We need your support to ensure a high standard of service provision and our ability to support a wide range of clients.

Thank you, Kim Wren

Yes, horses can talk!

The Age

Kim Wren was interviewed by The Age today about equine communication. Read all about it here.

Form the article:

“Equine experts say it’s just that most people don’t realise the horse is trying to talk to them in the first place.

Kim Wren, the owner of Wedgetail Rides in the Yarra Valley, said the people in this study have simply taken the time to listen to the horses involved.

“We’re often talking to horses, telling them what they can and can’t do,” she said.

“But a lot of horses communicate with humans and each other through body language. We need to listen by watching the body language. This is exactly what these people [the researchers] are doing – they’ve taught them cues.”

Ms Wren has a herd of 17 horses she uses for classes with at-risk youth or people living with disabilities. “

Pony Fun Day 23/9/16

Pony Fun Day – Friday 23 September

1487832_746767748727189_1548856959173685460_oFrom 10.30am – 3.30pm

Price $100 per child.

BBQ Lunch provided, bring drink bottle.

Enjoy a day with our ponies learning basic skills in grooming, leading and caring for your horse.  We will have lots of fun activities including  decorating your pony, games, a riding lesson  (on lead)  and a trail ride in our beautiful bushland setting.

Suitable for beginners to intermediate ages: 6-12 years.

Bookings essential.  Call Kim on 0417 312 602.

Clothing: Long pants, covered shoes and T-shirt. In summer we ask that children bring a change of clothes and a towel for swimming in the dam, and in winter we ask them to bring rain jackets.