HOW DO WE GET THERE?
Transportation is the responsibility of the school/organization. We have a map and directions on our Contact Us page.
We provide all the equipment for the program, including helmets and sun block. Participants should wear old clothes and closed toed shoes.
We will send you waiver forms for the participants.
ARE YOU INSURED?
Yes, we carry extensive insurance for both our facilitators and participants.
ARE YOU CERTIFIED?
Yes! We are certified through the Academy of Equine Assisted Learning Equine Connection, Canada, the leading organization in EAL, offering the only certified BuildingBlock™ program in the world.
We do ask that one to two teachers or responsible adults accompany each school group during the program.
ARE WE RIDING?
We only work with horses on the ground in their natural state. All of our work is out of the saddle. Participants will work alongside a horse as part of a team. This way the horse can be its true self and offer the best and truest reaction to participants, giving the most beneficial way of learning.
WHAT GROUP SIZES DO YOU WORK WITH?
As small as two and a maximum of 18. Have more people than that? Give us a call and we can find a solution. We have a ratio of one facilitator to a maximum of two horses and six participants.
DO I NEED EXPERIENCE WITH HORSES?
Not at all. As our program does not require riding, no prior experience is necessary. We will inform every group of the rules and safety precautions to take around the horses and the arena. We always put safety first, and we can accommodate different comfort levels around the horses.
WHAT IF I'M SCARED OR DON'T LIKE HORSES?
Stepping outside your comfort zone offers a powerful learning experience. This is an opportunity to overcome your fears or get over preconceived notions. We don't always get to pick our team members at school, do we?
WHAT IF IT RAINS?
If there are storms, hail, high wind or heavy rain, we may need to postpone your program. An alternative date or full refund will be offered.
Cats, dogs, horses... what's the difference?
There is nothing like a 500kg teacher…
By their intuitive nature and innate sensitivity, horses can provide facilitators with a window into the participant's personality. As a prey animal, horses are sensitive to the stimulus of each participant. They react to the stimulus through body language, giving participants the opportunity to adjust their feelings and behaviours to work successfully with the horses.
What can a horse teach you that a human can't?
Horses consistently model assertiveness and teach us how.
Horses can't lie or overthink a participant's motive.
Horses' feedback is honest and instant.
Nature provides horses with instincts and senses that are very astute.
Horses help to instill empathy and kindness in participants.
Horses have natural "herd behaviours" that require trust, respect and teamwork from all members of the team.
Horses automatically respond to confusion and frustration, as these feelings can put the herd at risk.
Horses lead through assuredness - not brute force.
Horses have distinct personalities and through these, they all have a different method of teaching.
One of the many bonuses of working with horses is that learning outside the classroom environment creates a memorable learning experience.
The power of the horse is the relationship that we make with them. Through HORSEPOWER skills for life, we engage the body, mind and spirit of both species.