What can you learn from a horse?

Trust, Personal Confidence and Life Skills!

Horses have much to teach us simply by being near them and connecting with them. Horse Assisted Learning classes offer participants the hands-on experience of working around and with horses.

In a therapeutic and safe environment, participants have the opportunity to interact with horses in a supervised curriculum based unmounted program. The horse is a partner in the therapeutic process along with the staff and student. Horses provide unique nonverbal feedback that allow us to help facilitate social, physical and cognitive skill development in humans.

Horses are highly sensitive to their environment and responsive to human emotional cues. With this sensitivity to subtle changes, horses often respond to people differently based on the individual’s emotional state. This feedback provides exceptional insight into the student’s internal process and a valuable opportunity for skill building. Non-verbal communication, problem solving, trusting another, asserting themselves, handling frustration, boundary setting, leadership, confidence, and relationships are all common themes that can be adapted to each individual student’s interpersonal lives, school, work and community.

Horse Assisted Learning is ideal for those who are not ready or able to take mounted classes, but desire the opportunity to learn about and work with horses at a suitable pace. Class sizes are up to 12 participants but the group is divided into small groups for a more individualized experience. This is an unmounted program.

2018 Session Schedule

Session 1: January 24-March 15 (Feb 28 & Mar 1 – no class)
Session 2: April 18-May 24
Session 3: September 10-October 19
Each session includes 6 classes, once per week. Participants will be placed in one of the following classes:

Wednesday: 1:00-2:00 pm
Thursday: 6:00-7:00 pm
Once approved & registered, the program director will place students in appropriate classes for each session. Please note your schedule availability in the application form.

Class size: 4-12 participants
Length of class: 60 minutes
Ages: 7 - adult

Cost

$120 per session, 6 classes per session.

Registration

  1. Review the Eligibility Requirements
  2. Submit an application form to Ginger Reitz:
    email: greitz@warmbeach.com
    mail: Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Dr, Stanwood, WA 98292
  3. Warm Beach Camp staff will determine the suitability of this activity for the prospective participant and if approved will place them in an appropriate class.
  4. Submit payment for session.

You can do it!

Therapeutic Vaulting is ideal for those who may be challenged by physical, cognitive, or emotional conditions where individualized attention in a therapeutic environment will reap the greatest rewards.

Vaulters develop their balance, strength, and flexibility while gaining personal confidence. It is a safe and supportive atmosphere where vaulters progress at their own pace. Classes are similar to the Warm Beach Vaulter’s competitive vaulting program, but with an emphasis on physical, cognitive, and social development.

Adaptive vaulters may choose to move toward competitive vaulting, but the classes are focused upon therapeutic benefit of vaulting rather than preparing for competition.

Class sizes are small with just four to six vaulters per 60 minute class. Each class has a horse handler, an instructor, and two or three assistants for individualized care and attention to the vaulters.

Caregivers/Guardians may participate in vaulting sessions as side walkers to provide support to the participant if needed. Prior arrangements must be authorized by therapeutic vaulting instructor.

2019 Session Schedule

Monthly Sessions with 1 class per week
Available January - June, and September - October

Participants will be placed in one of the following classes:

Wednesday 10:30am-12:00pm
Wednesday 4:30-6:00pm

Once approved & registered, the program director will place students in appropriate classes for each session. Please note your schedule availability in the application form.

Class size: 4 participants
Length of class: 60 minutes
Ages: 8+ | adult

Cost

$260 per monthly session

Private Lessons also available
Ages 8+ | adult
30 minute session $30 | 60 minute session $60
Date and time TBD with instructor.

Registration

  1. Review the Eligibility Requirements
  2. Submit completed application form to Ginger Reitz: 
    email: greitz@warmbeach.com
    mail: Warm Beach Camp
    20800 Marine Dr
    Stanwood, WA 98292
  3. Assessment visit. Prospective participants will be contacted to schedule an appointment. 
    A $50 assessment fee is required and will be applied to the registration cost of a session. Sorry, no refunds if the assessment results in our inability to serve an applicant.
  4. Warm Beach Camp staff will determine the suitability of this activity for the prospective participant and if approved will place them in an appropriate class.