New school sees horses teach kids about communication
THE soft nuzzling noses and big almond eyes of horses will be softening hearts and instilling confidence in a Northern Rivers first just outside of Lismore.
The aptly nicknamed property Serenity Hill will become the home of the first licensee of the internationally-recognised Horses Helping Humans program under the guidance of Bruce Lee and Kylie Kelly.
According to founder Sue Spence, the program allows for horses to show students how their body language and energy is communicating a certain message.
"I've been running it about nine years now with international recognition and have a book coming out," she said.
"And to be here and to be handing over all of my work to be run by Kylie and Bruce is quiet an emotional experience and I am so proud it is these guys that are starting off as our first licence."
The local licensee will be called Flicka Youth Program Northern Rivers and Kylie Kelly couldn't be more excited.
"It's a very big day," she said.
"I've been looking into this for probably nine years.
"It was only three months ago that we got in contact with Sue, but Bruce and I have been working for the last three and a half years to put something like this together.
"I feel that this is an equine assistance communication coaching program with a difference.
"It is so down to earth, direct and easy."
Page MP Kevin Hogan was on site to learn first hand how the program would run.
"Horses have a very special connection with human beings and have for many thousands of years," Mr Hogan said.
"It is well documented that horses have a very healing capability and they can give people higher self-esteem, and help them learn responsibility."