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Ellie Hancock, Hayley Smith and Plaxy Wish have founded Equine Reflections, a business inspired by equine assisted learning.

Based in Muriwai on 65 acres of land, groups could interact with horses to develop skills they may not have.

“When you’re working with a horse, you really have to tell it what to do. You have to give it clear instructions and you’ve got to be really confident in your communication,” Hancock said.

She said it provides a “real life learning situation”.

“It’s incredibly powerful. They come away with actually emotionally experiencing being confident and being a good leader.”

The women said they were hoping to attract all types of people but helping at risk youth was what they would work toward.

Wish said for youth who had been bullied, working with horses would help build their confidence, assertiveness and help them to understand their own energy and power.

“Horses have no judgement. When you interact with a horse, they don’t say anything. You can have this experience with them and all they give you is love. That’s really powerful for people who have been hurt or suffered severe trauma,” Hancock said.

All three women have been involved with horses for the majority of their lives and the “long term dream” became a reality when Smith purchased the property in January, Hancock said.