Experiencing horses up close proved to be a huge hit with a group of pupils from Manor Park School.
Six children from the Douglas school were delighted to take part in an equine assisted learning programme with thanks to funding from the Mannannan Lions Club.
The group attended the EAGALA-certified Enbarr equine assisted learning centre, in Baldrine, over several weeks.
Equine assisted learning involves individuals working with a horse or pony on the ground, in a countryside environment to develop trust, control, communication and relationships.
The key idea focuses on a participant learning to bond and effectively communicate with a horse or pony.
The children were encouraged, by a trained EFL practitioner, to use natural horsemanship training methods and the horse’s own subtle system of communication in order to achieve this.
Manor Park deputy head teacher Gesina Loubser said: ‘The children had a fantastic time at the Enbarr Learning Centre and it was amazing to see how much all the children actually got out of the programme. ‘
She thanked the Mannannan Lions Club, saying: ‘It was a truly unforgettable experience for these children form our school.’