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So we know that nature and freedom of movement are key when working with neurological difference as most of these excellent people can be shut down by man made industrial sensory triggers and are kinetic learners.We also need a 'yes' environment to encourage communication.


But what if you have to just work in a covered arena, or in a room? What if you work in a riding school with horses standing in stables that the child cant go into and you end up having to say no no no just to keep them safe?

Here's how we do it at New Trails. Have to stay in a room? No problem - create an indoor forest with very tall plants with trails in between. Have animal skins, antler, bone, river stones, driftwood - all the natural objects our brains are genetically programmed to interact with. Add a nice calm dog. Make sure you have natural light or upward facing, not downward facing light (think lamps rather than overheads). And arrange obstacle courses out of the furniture to create BDNF in the child's brain.

Confined to a riding arena? Buy 100 trees in pots and create a forest in the arena - set them up like you would set up jumps. Also think 'beach'. Kids love playing with sand! And what about a nice comfy couch and cushions too. And did we mention that nice calm dog?

Got stallions? Young stock, horses in stalls? Then create an environment within that environment where the kid can have 'yes' instead of 'no'. Visual barriers - play equipment behind the barn, behind screens of trees or tall fence or round bales so the child doesnt see the things you want him to avoid and therefore you never have to say no...

You can always make the environment you need. Just think through their minds, see through their eyes...