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Leadership Through Nature

Through therapeutic animal interaction, 15 children with behavioral problems learn to communicate and acquire tools for success at the Kibbutz Magal riding and animal therapy center, Hadera, and surroundings.


Children with behavioral disorders often find it difficult to adapt to school's rules and general learning methods. They need a different approach to help them succeed. Through weekly attendance with their teacher at the riding therapy farm at Kibbutz Magal, where they interact with animals, the children learn to communicate more successfully and acquire tools for success in school and life. This is a two-year program - in the first year, the children receive training, and in the second year, they act as mentors to fellow schoolchildren just beginning the project. A professional team assists the children throughout their activities. Relationships develop between schoolchildren and mentors, providing both a corrective experience of companionship and mutual support and a model for healthy future interaction.



Develop social and communication skills 
Learn to work within a framework and in a group



11 children participated in the 2022-2023 project.

  • All the children enjoy going to the activity and enjoy working with the dogs.
  • 63% enjoy working with the horses at a high level, and 37% enjoy only part of it.
  • All the children feel they are learning new things.
  • 80% enjoy that the activity is with other children.


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Read about Leadership through Nature project - ESRAmagazine