The NDIS and The Path of the Horse
Since the start of our work back in 2016, we have assisted many people who are Self-
Managed or Plan Managed NDIS participants. Our work has proven to be an invaluable
support for so many people seeking to achieve their NDIS goals and assist them to manage,
learn and live better lives.
We assist NDIS participants of all ages and backgrounds in overcoming varying challenges
that face us in life by applying the benefits of Equine Assisted Learning and Therapy
sessions. We welcome and assist many people who are not neurotypical and never judge
anyone on a ‘label’. We are all unique and we work with you just the way you are.
Our work focusses on:
- Awareness of self and others
- Communication improvement
- Confidence building
- Resilience strengthening
- Responsibility development
- Trust enhancement
- Relationship capabilities
- Boundary consciousness
- Solution resolution
We understand that everyone of us is different and experience the world differently. When
working with clients referred to us through a NDIS program, prior to each of our sessions, we
re-acquaint ourselves with the goals stated within each individual NDIS plan, for example:
First Goal: Effective boundaries, confidence building and self-regulation.
Second Goal: Increasing social skills and interactions to form friendships with peers
Longer Term Goals and Aspirations:
- Where I live
- Learning to notice others
- Self-regulating when I am anxious
- Building better relationships
Each of the activities we participate in with the horses at each session ties back to at least
one or two of a client’s goals.
Our NDIS clients respond exceptionally well to the work we do together. They are
enthusiastic and generally enjoy the opportunity to be outdoors, in the best and even the
worst of weather conditions.
Our clients learn to understand the responsibility of caring for the horses, and how important
it is to build a bond between themselves and the individuals within the herd. We often build
these sessions around completing tasks, which gives our clients a sense of purpose, trust
and attachment and where appropriate we build resilience and teach self-confidence. This
learning can then in turn, be applied to our daily lives back within our own family, school,
workplace and community.
It is not easy to grasp a lot of the theory behind the sessions, so applying practical activities
works extremely well, we are aware however, that changes in behaviour and improvement in
growth does take time. These concepts can be difficult for adults and children alike, but by
being able to relate a client’s personal experiences to the horse experience and behaviour is
a wonderful method of teaching these lessons surreptitiously, in a fun, outdoor environment.
Ideally our NDIS clients would attend on a fortnightly or monthly basis, and the cost of the
sessions are $194 per hour and as varied by the NDIS. A 48-hour cancellation fee applies.
We encourage NDIS participants to book a session and get a good feel for the work and the
practitioners to see if it is something they may like to go on with. We can put in place an
ongoing Service Agreement if required.
All the things we do at The Path of the Horse are only ever an invitation to the participant
and we make sure that you are always meeting the horses in a way that feels safe and
comfortable for you. Be it meeting just one horse or wandering amongst the herd, we work
with you every step of the way, you are always in control of what we do together.
When booking a session with us please talk to Dean about what you want to achieve and
work on so that we can have the correctly skilled practitioner assist you...