Take The Reins Equine-Assisted Learning – Fall Events
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is a hands-on experiential
program that uses interactions and developing relationships
between people and equines in an environment of learning and
self-discovery. The farm, barn, and animals naturally lends
itself as a relaxing, multi-sensory environment. Best of
What does Equine-Assisted Learning at Take The Reins in
Thompson’s Station offer your family?
Our staff includes PATH Intl. dual credentialed
professionals with years of experience in; teaching social,
life, and team building skills, to children, teens and
adults; working with individuals with special needs and
challenges; and partnering with equines.
Our equine team includes well trained horses, ponies,
minis and donkeys, each offering their unique attractions,
personality, and interactions.
Our individualized accommodations - We provide a
supportive educational environment. Our inclusive teaching
strategies support all learning styles. We honor each
individual’s strengths and encourage their interests.
Accommodations and modifications are utilized as needed to
insure that each family member is appropriately challenged
and experiences success. We understand!
Why programs that include siblings and families?
- We value families and understand the unique
challenges they can experience when a member has special
- We believe that “siblings” is a special, life-long
relationship that should be nurtured and enjoyed.
- We understand that everyday stress and time demands
are common and that siblings and families need
opportunities to relax and enjoy their time together.
In short, we believe our peaceful farm and experienced 2
and 4 legged team offer the perfect opportunity for families
to enjoy a fun, supportive environment and participate in
activities that everyone in the family can enjoy together.
Family Time – a 2.5 hr. program
offered during school vacation weeks
Unwind from the hectic week. Give your family the gift of
fun and new experiences that all can enjoy and benefit from.
This program offers safe and supported horse interactions
and activities plus fun on the farm for everyone in the
family. The program is designed to strengthen and promote
the family by focusing on:
- Recognizing and valuing each other’s
strengths, talents, and interests
- Exploring the many ways we communicate
- Provides opportunities for each family member to
help the others
- Fostering self-esteem and confidence in everyone
- Learning to work together and have fun as a family
Family Time - Program Overview
Each family will have their own pony or horse to enjoy.
After learning about horses and safety in the barn, each
family will learn practice working together as the team
groom and interact with their horses.
learning about horses and safety in the barn, each family
will learn explore working together as they team groom and
interact with their horses. The goal is to get comfortable
around the horse, learn what each family member (including
the horse) enjoys and is uncomfortable with. We will
practice asking for and giving help and encouragement.
Farm: We will explore the barn, horse tack, farm
equipment, try cleaning a stall and go for a hay ride.
Over a cup of fresh cider we will learn how horses talk to
each other and us. We will discover how the horses are
speaking with their eye, ears, tails and bodies and how we
can use our bodies to talk with them. We’ll practice what we
learned with handling and leading activities.
We’ll play miming games to make sure we understand “horse
talk”. And practice haltering and leading our family members
before we try it with the horses. Be ready to Laugh!
confidence: As each family, including their newest
member (their horse/pony mini), gets comfortable with each
other, they work as a team through a horse course activity
that fosters collaboration, communication, and family
success. It’s so much fun when the focus is on validating
what we do well. The horses love to be cheered on and
thanked for what they are contributing to the family effort.
Memories to take
home: We’ll end with a family meal of carrots,
apples, cookies. The donkeys, ponies, minis, and horses like
this part the best! And we’ll make sure there are lots of
pictures to take home to share and talk about.
Siblings Forever! - a 1.5 hr.
program offered during school vacation weeks
Having a “special” sibling has special benefits!
This program offers siblings the opportunity to work and
have fun together, learning that they each have unique
strengths and talents that should be celebrated and shared.
Siblings will have the opportunity to team with different
ponies, minis, and donkeys as they work together to help
their new friends through activities. Along the way they
will have fun exploring what makes each of their 4 legged
teammates unique, including each one’s personality,
preferences, how they learn and communicate, what the
siblings can do to help each one have success as part of
their team. Doing “right” by their horse is each sibling
Along this journey the siblings develop empathy,
understanding and appreciation for other’s needs and
Working together to help their equine sibling fosters
comradery and builds self-esteem and confidence in everyone!
To learn more about the Equine-Assisted Learning programs
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