Equine Assisted Learning

Equine Assisted Learning …………

- is a horse based approach to human development.

- has helped many children and adults experience  great personal development.

- where the horse teaches the humans patience,               acceptance, tolerance, creativity, teamwork and a host of other characteristics and skills. 

Activities with horses are experiential and designed to promote personal discovery and learning.  Interactions with horses provide participants with insight into many aspects of their lives and can take them on a powerful journey of learning and self-discovery.  Horses live in the moment and encourage us to be present.  They are non-judgemental and provide us with reflection of our own behaviour and emotions - both positive and negative.  Horses respond instinctively to non-verbal communication and body language, giving us honest and instant feedback on our behaviour and feelings.


Equine Assisted Learning incorporates a range of experiential learning, education and personal development approaches, which bring humans and equines together. EAL sessions will be facilitated by an Equine Assisted Learning Coach in carefully planned interactions with specially selected equines.  These sessions can be carefully tailored to meet the needs of shy  children, at-risk youth, those with exceptionalities, anyone with self-confidence concerns, people suffering from despair & discouragement, those suffering loss—death, divorce or other severance issues, people who feel stressed and overwhelmed.

Equine Assisted Learning sessions with horses may be variable, here are some examples:


-  observation of a horse herd in a paddock--who's the leader and how does that horse lead?

-  catching, leading, tying a horse & horsemanship safety

-  grooming a horse, then using the horse to write on, expressing emotions

-  clients will be given information about the horse they are to catch--can client remember the description and find the correct horse? then catch it?

- horses’ characters--friendly/aloof; curious/afraid; lazy/energetic; dominant/submissive--the horse's  character has to be taken into consideration when we work with it--how about the human character?

- common link--the group has to come up with one commonality of the members of the herd/group.

-" let's saddle up"--'brain' has to explain what needs to be done--will the 'arms' get the message?

- who do you trust?--a trust-worthy horse for each team of two or three clients

-  let’s build a shelter—how does it protect us? Can the “shelter” become a wall to keep others out?  Can we get the pony to come into our shelter?

- Working at liberty or going for walks with a horse can provide great connection.


At Winning Ways we want to take a tearful “I can’t” out of the vocabulary, and replace it with a big smile and an “I can!” 

Two introductory programs for children :

Just Startin’ with Ponies

Learn to care for and handle a pony—4 X ½ hour lessons (weekly as small children tire easily)


Parent must accompany each child 6 years old & under at all times and ensure child remains calm in the presence of the ponies.  Children over 6 who are intimidated by horses may find this program more appealing because ponies are smaller.  Max 3 children


Just Startin’ Horsemanship

Learn to care for and handle a horse (no riding)—6 X ½ hour lessons (weekly OR over 3 days)  


 Max three 7 -10 year olds, Max four over 10 years old



Contact Kelly for your EAL sessions.