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.

Therapeutic Horsemanship Coordinator

Ginger Reitz

Ginger Reitz

Ginger Reitz has been involved in various horse sports for decades including – riding, competing, teaching and training. She is also the Assistant Horsemanship Director for Warm Beach Horsemanship and oversees the Warm Beach Vaulters competitive vaulting club. Ginger has a God-given compassion for those who can benefit simply from the activity and environment of vaulting, riding, and horse-related activities. Her goal is to improve people’s lives through equine-assisted activities and create space for others to connect to the love of God. She is a member in good standing through the following professional associations:

  • Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Professional Association Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH)
  • Certified Riding Instructor, Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA)
  • Certified Riding Instructor, United States Eventing Association (USEA)
  • Riding Instructor, United States Pony Club (USPC)
  • Lunger, Coach & Member, American Vaulting Association (AVA)
  • B.A. Communications, Washington State University