At the start, Josie struggled to self-motivate and engage in the sessions. She showed a lack of ability to share thoughts and feelings and a lack of awareness of how her behaviour can impact her choices.
To begin with, Josie regulated her emotions by removing herself from the group and struggled to share her feelings with others, which resulted in her becoming withdrawn or verbally aggressive.
As the group continued to work closely with the horses she chose to engage in tasks, sharing that she wished to support her peers. Her peer’s gratitude enabled her to grow in self-confidence and esteem.
Quickly, Josie focused her confidence into working with her chosen horse, who has his own behavioural challenges, allowing her to relate to them and recognise how she could change and adapt her approach to support his needs. With support, she was able to understand how she could apply this to her own needs at challenging times.
Josie was able to recognise the horse’s anxiety when in new surroundings, and how this was displayed in his behaviour and recognised the similarity to her feelings when moving care homes. With an awareness of how she could support the horse’s needs to enable him to develop confidence and trust, she was able to transfer this to her own needs when facing change.