Mason demonstrated his initial unease by hiding behind his dad, not giving eye contact and being very quietly spoken with a lack of interaction. As the session progressed, he began to ask questions about the animals and by week 2, he engaged in a grooming activity and asked coach questions about the different brushes they were using.
Mason's social interaction skills were confident but limited. He happily communicated, informing coach about his week and things going on at home. Over time, he was able to articulate his feelings more, and was able to openly share that he struggles to understand why he's feeling a certain way.
Using a horse was vital for Mason's engagement with his sessions. Mason presented differently each week, as did his engagement levels. He struggled to remain focussed and engaged with class based work, but using visual cues was helpful to get that focus and engagement back.
Practical and visual tasks and the use of body maps of both horses and humans to identify different sensations during times of worry and anger was effective for Mason.
Drawing comparisons between himself and the horse also worked well, as this helped Mason to start to understand his feelings and perhaps why he is feeling a certain way.