An Exploration of an Equine-Facilitated Learning Intervention with Young Offenders

Ann Hemingway, Caroline Ellis Hill, Rosie Meek
2015 Society & Animals  
This research reports a qualitative study to explore the behavioural responses to, and reported reflections from Young Offenders undertaking an Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) Intervention in prison in the UK. Learning was facilitated by an instructor and the participants were taught introductory natural horsemanship skills. Establishments holding young adult prisoners are typically characterised by increased disruption to the regime, and with greater incidents of violence, bullying and
more » ... ct than in other types of prison. A resulting challenge for those working with young prisoners is the need to respond to increased levels of social isolation, and difficulties in managing impulsivity, problem solving, temper and conduct. It is hoped that this research will provide some initial evidence to contribute to ideas around the nature of learning practical positive skills and knowledge through inter species interactions.
doi:10.1163/15685306-12341382 fatcat:7sjjdvdjpvdwdc5v3l4ofcfyai