At the start, Joe found it difficult to communicate with his coach. His self-confidence was low due to the belief that he could not communicate with others.
Over 6 sessions, Joe started to communicate positively with his horse and coach. His speech became clearer, and he seemed more confident to take his time when talking to coach. He was able to communicate positively with his horse with his use of body language and some speech. Recognising the positive impacts of his use of verbal and nonverbal communication had on his horse enabled him to consider using different forms of communication with others.
Spending time grooming his horse, was a successful activity as this enabled him to build trust and bond with the horse.
Completing ‘leading activities’ helped him to understand nonverbal communication and he was able to confidently communicate with his horse and linked this to improved communication with others.
Joe has engaged positively in all his sessions. His approach has been calm and gentle and he was able to reflect on the importance of his calmness and recognise the positive impact it had on his horse and others.