Bringing Horse back riding to preschoolers

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Field trips are great, and field trips that come right to your preschool are a lot of fun too because it is safer!

Horses are magnificent animals. Horse riding and interaction with horses is a proven aid to education, concentration, honing fine and gross motor skills, muscle development and social skills.  Unfortunately many children do not have the opportunity of the benefit of getting to know these amazing creatures.


Therefore we are offering our children at Emmanuel Kinderland Preschool  a very special chance every Monday morning.

We provide our students with a chance for horse interaction and an introduction to horse riding with experienced horse trainer Sarah Coronaios from the Rondebosch Riding School.











Sarah explaining the basics of horse grooming


8 thoughts on “Bringing Horse back riding to preschoolers”

    1. Spoken like someone who truly worked in Africa! Yip, African kids are usually extremely scared of new experiences. We went to a farm before and also to a dairy farm, so they were slowly warming up to working with bigger animals before we brought in the horses. Also, I let my “go-getters”lead the experience. The brave big boys went first and had a lot of fun, and then others volunteered. We did not push any child to try. We are now offering these therapeutic classes for only 30 Rand a month! per child, which is incredibly cheap. Where else can you get riding classes at under 1USD per hour? I hope it will do a lot for our kid’s confidence.

      1. Sorry it’s taken me so long to reply to this. Slowly getting them into this by starting with smaller farm animals is such a great idea. I remember instances where some teachers would get really impatient and would push their kids to stop being so fearful. Of course this only increase their fear. That is a really cheap class, you’re right and they look like they are having so much fun! Kudos to doing such a wonderful job!

      2. We do have 4 students who do not ride at all. They are really afraid. It is sad, because horses help to boost a child’s confidence. Sadly, these are the same kids whose parents have DSTV and put them in front of Cartoon Network all day. I have asked them to let them watch CeeBeeBies or Disney Junior at least. They also have never held a pencil or played with clay before coming to our school. All the while mama is playing in the shopping malls …

      3. Oh that is horrible! How old are these kids? I do believe that it’s getting more that way everywhere. But our connection to nature and other people are more important!

      4. I have observed over a course of 20 years that in our local African community child rearing is not an explicit skill. The kids are traditionally strapped to the mother’s back until the first crucial window of basic development has closed without any proper stimulation given. Older children are left to themselves playing in the dirt. There exists no understanding of the time frame for stimulation. Core stability and balance are far below international standards.

      5. I noticed this too when I was there. That skills that come easily to kids from other nations, seem to develop slower. A lot of them also look a lot younger than they really are. It’s an interesting observation that it could be a traditional thing. No one has done any different and so everyone just carries on as it always was?

      6. There was a very interesting article in the American journal of medicine, how the force feeding of pap with the hand into the babies mouth while baby sits on moms lap is preventing proper 3D perception to develop. Other kids sit in front of a plate and learn to use a spoon. African kids get pap shoved into their mouth by mom. The level of ignorance regarding education is shocking. I have tried to help a lady who had been a school leader for several years in a village not far from here. She needed a new job. I employed her as a cleaner at my school with the aim to upgrade her to a teacher’s assistant. Being a head of school, she had no idea what modelling clay is, how to paint, to play ball, to do role play. She what at a loss with most of the plastic veggies in our pretend kitchen. I am in despair about that. On top of it, she has never learned to learn herself, there is no passion about early childhood education. I am devastated about the fates of those little ones in villages growing up without understanding logic. The kids can not categorize, struggle to estimate or make assumptions. African learning is based on repetition, not making own conclusions. Kids are not taught innovative thinking at all. With BEE, people even feel more than ever there is no need to better oneself, a job is secure. But for our students sakes I am looking now for an alternative teacher’s assistant. Charity can only go that far.

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