At the start of the programme Ben was reserved but relaxed quickly around the animals. He was reluctant to take responsibility for his own choices and defensive about his behaviour. He showed little understanding of positive relationships and lacked interest and respect for teachers or adults.
He was chatty and interested in words of song lyrics that he related to and over time the relationship with coach allowed him to discuss his siblings and 'previous life experiences'
Allowing him to have ownership of the sessions and make choices worked well and after week 10 Ben was comfortable in discussing how he takes ownership of his actions and accepts consequences easily.
He was soon able to recognise body language of the horses and the animal interaction allowed discussion to take place organically. Discussions and reflection time based on his actions at home and school led to Ben taking responsibility for self and how we act upon difficult feelings.
Reflection over time has led to improved confidence and self-worth.