Attendorn: Pferde AG is great fun for kids

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We have a special offer at Urszula’s junior high school in Attendorn. Supports the development of children.

Attendorner St.-Ursula-Gymnasium has had an equestrian club since this half year and therefore it is a very special offer. According to the German Equestrian Federation (FN), there are currently 1,800 schools and kindergartens that integrate equestrian projects into everyday school life, which is less than 2%. The idea for this came from Marion Komoletz, a teacher of mathematics, religion and sports. In collaboration with the Repetal equestrian club and the Pulte farm in Helden, AG takes place every Monday afternoon and is aimed at grades 5 to 7, preferably for children who have not yet had any experience with horses or have special needs. There are seven girls and two boys. “The registration list was much longer, but a larger group would not make much sense,” says Komoletz, who has been driving since she was a child.

During the Komoletz conversation, the students prepare the horses. May, a German riding pony, and Stina, a Haflinger mare, are the animal heroes of AG today. Thorough fur care plays an important role in the well-being of four-legged friends and must be carried out with care and responsibility. The brush acts as a massage, stimulates blood circulation and warms up the muscles. And, of course, the hooves must be clean. Then he is saddled. Because today we are going to the course. There is riding in the lounge and for those not currently in the saddle there is a knowledge quiz.

Driving not in the foreground

“In terms of content, AG is about everything to do with horses. The offer is intentionally called an equestrian club rather than an equestrian club as equestrian is not the main focus. Rather, it is about working with the horse, caring for it, handling it, physiognomy, body language and the horse-human interaction as partners, ”explains the background and objectives of the working group. “For children, being with horses promotes their physical and motor skills as well as their emotional and psychosocial development.”

Director Markus Ratajski also came that day to look at AG directly on site. “It is fascinating how many technical skills can be learned on horseback, with horseback and on horseback. I think a lot happens through an emotional relationship. ” Ratajski can imagine that this first horse association attempt could become a permanent project. Because he is completely convinced of the general concept. And the conditions are also favorable: a nice atmosphere, a colleague with experience in working with horses, a farm that is close to the school and easily accessible by public transport – they all travel by bus together – which is a perfect integration into the permitted schedule.

In the right direction

The group is now on a course with May and Stina. “This is really great. I love horses,” says Jule (11). “I used to ride horses, but then I got scared. I would like to reconnect. This feeling is just great,” says Emma (12). For Ellen (13) ) AG is “a break from school stress. And you can make brand new friends.” Julian (10) has completely different motives: “I had a stroke when I was born. Dealing with horses is good therapy.”

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Jule, Emma, ​​Ellen, Julian, Nico and the other kids: Everyone finds a lot of positive things at the horse club. “Horses are the mirror of the soul,” Komoletz says, speaking of the keen sensing of animals’ moods, which prompts children to act and react, thereby encouraging and strengthening their perception, self-confidence and self-organization. It talks about the physiological level, about the warmth that the horse radiates and that the body receives and thus relaxes. He looks back with satisfaction over the past few weeks and gives an example. “We were driving horses last time. Each child is one. The horse must have clear boundaries. Calm and determined. Interaction and communication skills play a role here, it is about trust and relationships with each other. “

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