These sessions involve a dynamic partnership between the participant, the horse, and an equine specialist. Equine Encounters is not a riding class, but instead a safe place for the participant to experience personal growth and self-discovery. Equine Encounters provides a nontraditional and effective method to help participants to observe and develop effective relationship skills. The focus is on interacting with horses and learning to interpret feedback they provide to us. These classes are empowering and life-changing for all individuals who participate.
Equine Assisted Learning
Similar to those who offer “life coaching”, Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) lessons veer away from deeper therapeutic processing and instead focus on broader life skills. Skills that are enhanced in an EAL session are maximized due to the healing setting it is experienced in. Some individuals seek this experience simply to enjoy an outdoor activity with a horse partner.
There are multiple benefits to be gained from partnering with horses in this way. Those who seek this experience can expect some of the following outcomes:
A better understanding of oneself and others
Reconnecting to nature and natural healing
Engaging in following sequences, directions, and social norms
EE/EAL lessons are conducted by a Certified Equine Specialist and a trained volunteer. These sessions can be done individually or in a group setting. EE/EAL has been seen to effectively engage youth and adolescents who have shown risky behavior, but do not require a more intensive therapeutic intervention. Our workshops have proved effective for a variety of groups including people recovering from Domestic Abuse, PTSD, individuals and families dealing with a cancer diagnosis, as well as caregivers.