We're often asked, “What is the goal of your program? What are you trying to achieve?” These are excellent questions. Equine-assisted learning and therapeutic horsemanship promote the development of life skills utilizing an experiential approach to learning with equine-assisted activities. Each session's structure is designed to magnify the horse's impact on helping students improve on the specified goal or characteristic. Each session will include similar, intentionally designed components:
Although our program does include mounted work, we do not provide traditional riding lessons. When a student reaches a point to where mounted work begins, it does not mean all future sessions will include mounted work. We have learned students must understand this fully to manage expectations and avoid disappointment and setbacks.
As a therapeutic horsemanship program, we are not a hippotherapy program. Hippotherapy utilizes the horse's movement to enhance the treatment goals of an individual as set by a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, or Speech-Language Pathologist, who is present during the service.