DANVILLE — Responsibility, positive social behaviors and self-confidence are all qualities required to be a success in life. While these can be fostered in a classroom environment, a dozen Danville students are developing those skills through an equine-assisted learning program being piloted at Camp Mohaven.
Once a week, students in Lisa Muncie’s class go to Camp Mohaven. Under the direction of Muncie and Certified Horsemanship Association instructors, the students get the horses out of the barn, groom them and spend some time building a relationship with “their” horse.
The Level I horsemanship class is then split in half, with one half doing what is called ground lessons, such as learning horse body parts and to tie the lead to the fence post and not the rail, and the other half doing mounted lessons in the arena and learning things such as how to “steer” the horse. The two groups switch places, and finally, if they have paid attention and completed their homework, the students get to go on a little trail ride as a reward.
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