With the children returning to school, many parents will be breathing a sigh of relief that their children’s first day back went to plan, without any major dramas. The MirrorMePR Equestrian PR Team take a look at how horses gave them the best education a child could have, as they explain:
“I have ridden most of my life” explains our MD, Ashley. “From a very young age I was pony-mad and would spend every opportunity I had at our local stables, mucking out the stables, cleaning tack and grooming the ponies, and it taught me a lot as a young child: responsibility, being organised and reliable. These are all important skills you need in life, and let’s face it when learning is fun, you learn more!”
From grooming ponies through to owning horses, our equestrian PR team agree that the relationship between a rider and their horse is also key to development and growth in a child.
“I was always a shy child and teenager” explains Anna, our horse-mad intern. “However, I was lucky to have Fudge, a Welsh X pony with a serious sense of humour. This meant that if I wasn’t confident or took control of the situation – then Fudge would, which normally ended up with me on the ground!”
“Being assertive in my relationship with Fudge certainly gave me confidence, and being at a yard with other children gave us a common thread of interests, that I couldn’t find easily with other children at school. We all rode, and so we all had that one mutual interest that made talking and building friendships so much easier. This certainly helped me overcome my shyness as a youngster and enabled me to build new friendships away from the stables.” explains Anna.
For Vienna, Our Social Media Manager, horses gave her freedom away from the classroom and still offers an opportunity to escape from the stress of everyday life. “Riding a horse gives you such freedom and hacking out alone – just you and your horse, while exploring the countryside, allows you to focus on the moment and nothing else, apart from enjoying what you are experiencing there and then.”