South Devon UTC Therapeutic Activities
Year 10 Health Care Sciences students are currently studying a unit of work about how different activities can be therapeutic for service users. To that end they visited the Centre in Totnes to gain valuable insight into how working with horses can benefit health and wellbeing. After having a health & safety briefing the students were split into 4 groups to rotate around different activities. In the arena, students were tasked with working together to understand a service user’s journey with the Centre from beginning to end. They met several of the horses that are involved with working with the public and learnt something about their characters. Another activity involved playing a version of ‘What’s the time Mr. Wolf?’ whereby they approached ponies in the field but could only do so when the ponies were still. Through this activity, students learned about boundaries and how to respect them. The fourth activity found the students creating different feeding options, such as hiding fruit and vegetables in snuffle rugs, as this helps to keep the animals stimulated. The staff at the Centre were so welcoming and informative and the students had a really positive experience which will also help them when they are completing their assignments. A big thank you to the staff at the Mare & Foal Sanctuary and also to all the students who were a credit to the college and engaged with every opportunity.