From the Ground Up

The new From the Ground Up Equine Assisted Learning program is a learning levels program of tracking progress in clients as they develop into versatile, well-rounded riders and horse persons. Clients work to master specific skills in each of the levels and receive recognition for completion when they consistently demonstrate each of the skills to their facilitators.

Achievement in one level is a prerequisite for learning more advanced skills. Clients can continue in the program session after session and pick up where they left off in the last session. At the beginning of each 5-week session, goals are defined and the curriculum within the learning level is adapted to the pace of the individual.

By working with horses in both mounted and unmounted activities, individuals develop positive values and life skills that are transferred to daily life. Equine assisted learning techniques are used to help individuals identify body language and social cues, expand the ability to focus, increase critical thinking skills, improve communication, help with goal-setting, heighten problem-solving skills, improve decision-making skills, cope with challenges, learn responsibility as well as increase confidence, self-esteem, assertiveness, trust, emotional regulation, and resourcefulness.

Participant Requirements:

  • Must be at least 8 years old
  • Must be able to walk for 30 minutes
  • Must be able to jog for a short distance
  • Must be able to mount from mounting ramp and dismount to ground with guidance but without hands-on assistance
  • Must possess sufficient physical coordination and balance
  • Must control the horse using legs and hands
  • Ability to understand and follow safety procedures

Session Cost

Cost: $325/per session/per individual

Contact Diane Abitz at 715.359.6046 to register.