Equine Assisted Learning in Schools

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) at Horse Sense offers schools a way to address the needs of and re-engage students in the educational process. EAL is particularly effective with exceptional students, those with learning disabilities, and those at risk of dropping out.

EAL challenges participants to:

  • Improve communication skills
  • Recognize and build on strengths
  • Comprehend respect, trust and honesty
  • Understand natural consequences and focus on accountability
  • Utilize critical thinking, planning, and problem-solving skills
The boys had fun, they bonded as a group, they showed caring about themselves and their classmates. And their teachers noted the positive changes they observed in the boys. They had become better students. Maybe best of all some of the “good” in them that had been laying dormant found an appropriate outlet.
— Rob Curtis, Director of Student Support Services, Henderson County Public Schools

What programs are available?

Horse Sense collaborates with parents, teachers, therapists and school administrators to customize goals for groups or individual students, hence each program is unique. In general, you can choose:

  • Therapy programs or Learning programs
  • Our farm or your school
  • 6, 12 or 24 week programs (or something else!)
  • Programs that incorporate academic standards and integrate into the classroom

Does it work?

We have collaborated with Isaac Dickson Elementary, Randolph Learning Center, Edneyville Elementary School, and Fletcher Elementary School, among others, to provide Equine Assisted Learning programs. We have also collaborated with several residential schools, including New Leaf Academy and Stone Mountain School, providing Equine Assisted Programs for their youth and their parents and families.

How do I get started?

Contact us for a consultation about your program or for an onsite visit to our farm or your school.