The all Girls Horse Connections Group at MoonRise sponsored by Mascoma Bank finished up in early November. Students met weekly after school to develop deep connections and relations with themselves, the horses, and the other group members. As students developed their horsemanship skills they also grew their social skills around emotional awareness, patience, resiliency, confidence, trust, empathy and problem-solving skills. Together students increased their capacity to connect and lead that in turn was encouraged to be modeled at home and school. Parent support was provided outside of the group, when requested. The hope is to continue this successful group by offering a winter session in 2020.