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 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:
Thursday: 6:00-7:00 pm
Class size: 4-12 participants
Length of class: 60 minutes
Ages: 7 - adult
$120 per session, 6 classes per session.
- Review the Eligibility Requirements
Submit an application form to Ginger Reitz:
mail: Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Dr, Stanwood, WA 98292
- 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.
- Submit payment for session.
More about Horse Assisted Therapy
The purpose of Horse Assisted Therapy (learning) is to provide interventions that would not be possible with only a human provider. Animals interact with humans in a variety of therapeutic forms, but at the base of the interaction is a lessening of human stress and increase in mutual trust. Horses provide an additional aspect of the therapeutic process that many other animals cannot. They are prey animals and; therefore, they do not trust easily, demand respect to provide respect, and due to their size are not easily bullied or manipulated. Horses also live by a set of rules that is based on the family system. They are herd animals and their survival depends upon communication and their relationship with the other herd members. Horses read subtle changes in human body language, emotion, positive and negative energy, and basic intentions of others. Horse assisted psychotherapy utilizes the horse's responsive nature as a therapy tool and part of the therapy team's options for treatment. They are naturally curious, have individual personalities, and mirror human behavior.
We do not provide therapy. However, we do provide therapeutic moments and environments – that is defined by any activity that promotes personal growth or introspection. Horse Assisted Therapy is truly both educational and therapeutic.