Autism Meets Natural Horsemanship

Breaking News

Hi everyone, Spirit’s working really hard in her lessons with our friend Abi who works as an Enlightened Equitation instructor for Heather Moffat and, fuelled by her fabulous Simple System Horse feeds, she is in fabulous fettle!

She seems to have settled in really well at the new yard (Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre) and we both seem to have made lots of new friends amongst the ponies, horses and humans here!

I recently took Spirit to the annual show at the centre where we wandered around chatting to people. I drank cups of tea and Spirit ate lots of grass. The original plan had been for Spirit to wear her smart sponsored rug but it ended up being far too hot for either of us to wear our sponsorship clothing and in fact it was hard to tolerate wearing anything at all! All of my friends were very impressed with Spirit’s behaviour and the way she conducted herself at the show and it has reminded me that I take Spirit’s good behaviour for granted because she is very easy in general to handle and be with but for some people having a well-trained, well-behaved horse is a dream not a reality…

The big breaking news though, is that we have taken my small movement, ‘Autism Meets Natural Horsemanship’ and turned it into a fully insured and fully registered company specialising in giving training and talks about autism in a variety of settings as well as doing audits of company premises but also specialising in being able to help people improve their relationship with their horses and to work through any problems they may be experiencing such as barging and spooking. So I am now officially self-employed!

Registered charity The Autism Directory realised at the beginning of the first meeting with me back in 2012 that I have far more potential than many people saw in me despite my learning difficulties and autism and that in fact these supposed difficulties really were gifts so with help from an amazing advocate we were able to secure funding from the government’s Access To Work scheme for support workers and a job coach to support me along with assistive technology like my new iPad Pro which has amazing new speech recognition software and helps me to write my blogs and emails to help me run and organise my new business! Many people never really believed in me or that I could set up and run my own business and in fact my old carers told me it was a stupid impossibility, but my new team are amazing and with Simple System on my side I cannot fail!

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AMNH is a part of the Autism Partnership, supported by The Autism Directory charity

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Autism Meets Natiral Horsemanship with Charlie Avent and Spirit