Deb and Sara have combined their love of horses, their expertise in the mental health field, and specialized certification and training to offer equine assisted learning for individuals with behavioral or emotional special needs who are hoping to improve in areas beyond the riding arena.
Equine-assisted learning (EAL) is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for educational, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities. (definition from PATH International )
Research has proven that riding horses helps to improve flexibility, muscle strength, balance, and coordination. Working with horses, whether in the saddle or on the ground, also assists individuals in increasing confidence, empathy, and self-esteem
Working with horses requires individuals to have emotional, behavioral, and physical awareness and connection. Without this, we are unable to act as safe and effective leaders for our equine partners. Therapeutic horsemanship techniques teach individuals how to increase their awareness of themselves and to make shifts in their body language, behaviors, and feelings to better communication with equine partners and, therefore, increase ability to effectively interact appropriately with other people as well.
Please contact us for more information, to determine what equine assisted activities may be appropriate for your needs, and for prices. Please note, these activities are not covered by insurance.