Horse whisper therapy implemented for youngsters

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Youngsters with behavioural problems in Gwynedd are set to be taught how to horse whisper to try and build their self esteem.

A pilot project is beginning next month at a farm near Porthmadog in which children will be encouraged to communicate and bond with the horses and learn how their behaviour can affect others.

It has secured £5,000 from the National Lottery and is one of 56 across Wales to share £203,423 in funding.

Project manager Lindsey Mitchell claimed she first saw the positive effect working with horses could have on youngsters while working in the US.

Equine Therapy Programs claims that the general consensus is therapy animals can be a highly beneficial addition to treatment programmes for children with autism.

"It's very useful for children with behavioural problems to see an immediate reaction to their behaviour so that they can modify it. When they work with horses, they have to be very careful," Ms Mitchell added.

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