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Equine Assisted Learning provides experiential learning opportunities by incorporating horses in the lessons with the goal of developing life and soft skills. The life skills can be related to academic achievement, appropriate behaviors, personal growth, social interaction, and team building. Core values that impact appropriate behaviors such as attentiveness and awareness, resilience and teamwork, communicating effectively, cooperation, making good choices, commitment, respect, empathy for others, kindness and critical thinking. Each lesson is incorporated into themed equine partnered activities which may be either on the ground or mounted.

Benefits of Equine Assisted Learning


Develop Soft Skills

  • Manage impulsivity

  • Anger management

  • Empathy and understanding of others

  • Application of learned skills to real-world situations

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Critical-thinking skills

  • The ability to view issues or problems from different perspectives

  • Teamwork (the ability to work well with others)

Develop Social and Emotional Intelligence

and Core Values

  • Empathy

  • Persistence (completing a task)

  • Sense of awareness of self and others

  • Honesty and integrity

  • Patience

  • Resilience

  • Humor and laughter

  • Gratitude and appreciation

  • Forgiveness

  • Courage

  • Overcoming fears

  • Being adaptable


Academic Learning Opportunities

  • Safety of self and others

  • Mathematics, measuring, counting, colors, spelling, memory

  • Geometry, geography,

  • Verbalizing, purposeful communication

  • Spatial awareness, dexterity, problem solving

  • Left and right identification

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