How do horses play a role in our Equine Assisted and Educational Programs?

  • Working with large and powerful animals helps participants overcome fear. Accomplishing tasks involving horses, in spite of this fear, creates confidence and helps the participants deal with other intimidating situations in life.
  • Like humans, horses have distinct personalities. They provide opportunities for metaphorical learning. Using metaphors is an effective technique when working with even the most challenging individuals or groups.
  • Horses can mirror human body language. Participants learn if they change their behavior, the horses will respond differently.
  • Horses are honest, which makes them especially powerful messengers. Having interactive sessions with horses allows clients to "see" where the problems are and find ways to solve them. The focus is on doing, being active in-the-moment, and finding solutions that provide faster, more permanent change.
  • Adding horses to the equation, makes the process more engaging.
  • Horses provide powerful opportunities to address social skills, communication issues, and other dynamics necessary for healthy, meaningful relationships.

This is a unique form of growth and learning that people can be a part of to enhance one's personal needs. Horses have a tremendous way in helping individuals through life's obstacles and are amazing teachers. The lessons learned through the activities with the horses can be applied to real life situations which help our clients grow and learn.

We will continually be offering many new programs. Check back periodically for more information.

Through the Equine Assisted Growth & Learning program, we utilize horses to help individuals, children, youth and families with various learning, educational and human development goals such as teamwork, leadership skills, goal setting, bully prevention and intervention, behavioral issues, anger management, conflict resolution, communication, responsibility, self-confidence, relationship challenges and much more.

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​Some specific benefits of Equine Assisted/Educational Programs:

  • Improves communication and teamwork skills
  • Encourages the development of healthy relationships
  • Provides problem solving and success over obstacles
  • Builds confidence and self-esteem
  • Provides a unique structure for family therapy
  • Leads to real and long-lasting change

*Source: Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA). Visit for more information.

In this program we work with our clients to address certain needs that are set by the client by setting up ground activities with our horses. This is an experiential approach to growth and learning in that the client learns about themselves and others while participating in these activities with the horse. 

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