Care staff were initially unable to leave site due to his attachment and low confidence, with him attending sessions for half an hour, speaking little and returning to the car. He has now developed positive relationships with coaches and horses, often worrying what the "horses think of me".
Enabling him to take each session at his own speed and encouraging him to be interactive in planning the objectives of session has worked well.
Grooming the Shetlands in an outdoor environment helps him to reflect on events and become more open during discussions.
Jordan enjoys mindfulness with the horses, commenting that it is often noisy and busy in the care home and at TSOC he likes to be quiet and have time to reflect and process.
His behaviour around the horses is calm and considerate and he is keen to put their needs before his own, he is beginning to accept it is ok for things to not be perfect first time and working with horses has enabled Jordan to understand the importance of effective communication skills and building positive relationships.
He is able to discuss ‘hot’ events and behaviours and is working on understanding physical sensations associated with emotions and is beginning to take responsibility for his actions and reflect on behaviours.