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Avoca Park & Coventry Psychology Combined Program

We have created a program that compliments Coventry Psychology's current fortnightly programs, for children wanting to get more hands on experience with horses in a safe and gentle environment that understands their needs.


Our coaches have experience with all types of riders, with a wide variety of needs, they will look after your children with the best of care. Please note our staff are NOT trained psychologists. ALL therapy sessions are provided at Coventry Psychology. This program is exclusive to clients of Coventry Psychology ONLY. Please contact them for a referral into our program.

(Mobile: 0421 978 808 and email: [email protected] )

School Holiday Program Form

Fill in the form below to sign up for a School Holiday Session.

  • Fillies - Girls aged 8-10 years. Wednesday 20th September 10am-12pm

  • H-Awesome - Boys aged 8-12 years Wednesday 20th September 1pm-3pm

  • Hoof Hearts - Girls aged 10-12 years. Wednesday 27th September 10am-12pm

  • Project Pony Teen - Teens aged 13-16 years. Wednesday 27th September 1pm-3pm

The Program

Our Program is a 10-week program and will go over 2 terms (fortnightly sessions). Each session is 1.5 hours. Group size is 4 (minimum) - 8 (maximum). Sessions are paid for in term commitments. If you cancel a session, they are not replaced. Make up sessions are ONLY provided if there are spaces in other suitable sessions.

The course will be adaptable to the progress of the children and their needs within their groups. Below is a plan of what we hope to cover in each session. Our aim is for the kids to enjoy what they are doing while they are learning. If we need to go slower (or faster) through the program their needs will be our priority

Week 1: (catching ponies)

  • Safety talk – Gear and clothes (hair back etc) How to hold and lead a pony.

  • Catching the ponies/horses

  • Grooming and getting to know them

  • Blind Spot- when working around them.

  • Week 2: (taking ponies out)

  • “Catching Ponies” in the weaning box (revisit blindspot)

  • Grooming & Saddling

  • Mounting & dismounting lesson

  • Safe Leading back to the paddock.We may switch their horses/ponies a different horse occasionally so they can work with different ponies (or we may have an unexpected lame horse at one point).

  • Week 3: (catching ponies)

  • Catching Ponies, Grooming & Saddling

  • Pressure & Release (rock activity)

  • Riding lesson: Mounting, stop and go. Pairs working togetherto help lead, build confidence for rider.

  • Week 4 (taking ponies out)

  • Grooming can progress to the foot and parts of the foot.

  • Hoof Exercise

  • Riding lesson: Revisiting Mounting, stop and go. Introducing Turning.

  • Pairs working together to help lead, build confidence for rider.

  • Take ponies out.

  • Week 5 (catching ponies)

  • Grooming – Senses- taste and touch

  • Saddling

  • Riding – Stop go turn left and right. Cones. Focus on position of riders.

  • Week 6 (Taking horses out)

  • Tacking up ponies and parts of the saddles

  • Riding – Stop go turn left and right. Cones. Riding School shapes (circles/ figures of eight) Work on position of riders.

  • Rewarding behaviour – scratching and food rewards as opposed to slap/patting

  • RELATIONSHIP BUILDING CERTIFICATE.

  • Week 7 (catching ponies)

  • Grooming / saddling

  • Riding – Stop go turn left and right. Cones. Introducing the Trot. Focus on position of riders.

  • Revisit Rewarding and discuss disadvantages of ‘punishment” (how it isn’t beneficial when training or working with horses.)

  • Blind Spot- when working around them.

  • Week 8 (Taking horses out)

  • Learning how to tie up correctly

  • Riding – Stop, go, turn left and right. Continue learning to trot, and improving position of riders.

  • Revisit Rewarding and discuss disadvantages of ‘punishment” (how it isn’t beneficial when training or working with horses.)

  • Week 9 (catching ponies)

  • Learning how to tie up correctly

  • Groom/saddle

  • Riding – Stop, go, turn left and right. Creating shapes. Continue work on the rising trot.

  • Week 10 (taking ponies out)

  • Learn the parts of the horse.

  • Groom/saddle

  • Riding – Stop, go, turn left and right. Creating shapes. Continue work on the rising trot.

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