Equine Assisted Learning
Why don’t our clients ride the horses?
There are many reasons why and we will list a few for you here.
- Ground-based work is safer than riding
- Activities with horses on the ground are richer therapeutically
- Less instruction is involved in ground work and thus clients are more able to guide their own experiences
- We are serious about our work with horses
- Allows clients to learn through their experience
- The horses are utilized as metaphors in these activities to build life skills and to promote the exploration of behaviors
At Take Flight Farms, equine-assisted learning programs are tailored to meet the specific needs and goals of the participants. For example:
- In working as a group to get a horse to walk backwards, students learn about their own problem solving and communication skills.
- Building an obstacle course to lead their horses through helps youth to develop decision-making and goal-setting skills.
- Responsibility is exercised when all participants are expected to wear appropriate attire, be on time and cleaning up after themselves and their horses.
-K. K., Participant
-Dr. Beth Avolio, Licensed Clinical Adolescent Psychologist
-Jill Nuismer, Social Worker, Millard Alternative Middle School
-Charlotte S., Volunteer & Equine Specialist
Who can benefit from EAL?
- School/Youth Groups