Equine-Assisted Learning is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for educational, professional, and personal goals through equine-assisted activities.

This experiential approach integrates horse-human interaction that is guided by a planned learning experience to meet the identified goals or desires of the participant(s).

Studies have shown that interacting with horses can positively impact:

  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Creative thinking and critical thinking skills
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Self-awareness and empathy
  • Ability to cope with emotions and cope with stress
  • Feeling of empowerment
  • Ability to develop healthy connections with others
Why horses? Horses are essentially living, breathing bio-feedback machines. Their unique ability to “tune-in” to the emotions of humans, and their honest reactions to us, give us insight into how they perceive us. That feedback can lead to improvements in our self-awareness. Because horses use non-verbal communication and are in-tune with human behavior, they can help us to better understand how our non-verbal communication might be impacting or influencing others in our lives.

Who can benefit from Equine Assisted Learning?

Equine Assisted Learning is an appropriate educational or therapeutic activity that can be helpful to:

  • Survivors of abuse or trauma
  • Individuals suffering from anxiety or depression
  • Individuals suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress including Veterans & First Responders
  • Individuals on the Autism Spectrum (ASD)
  • Individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • At-risk youth
  • Individuals with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD and ADHD)
  • Individuals with a learning disability

Equine Assisted Learning Sessions

InStride’s Equine Assisted Learning sessions are facilitated by PATH International certified Equine Specialists in Mental Health and Learning. The horses used in this program are specially selected and receive ongoing training to provide our clients with a safe and successful experience. The setting for EAL sessions offers an appropriate measure of privacy for our clients, and every effort is made to ensure our client’s confidentiality. InStride adheres to PATH International standards as they pertain to equine assisted learning/equine facilitated learning (EAL/EFL).

Now enrolling participants in a 5-week EAL Program for survivors of abuse through Resilient Retreat.
Visit www.resilientretreat.org for more information.


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