Imagine the ability to Empower your children with life skills for the future!

This isn’t your typical classroom setting! As the only Nationally Recognized Equine Assisted Learning Program in Canada, our programs are customized to maximize learning potential and focus on developing individual skills as participants work through group challenges.

 

 

Ok so what do I actually learn??

These programs are about developing Life Skills to apply to all aspects of life, and what are Life Skills? Well they are the most fundamental skills that gives us the ability to positive behaviour to deal effectively with demands and challenges in life.  Skills such as; Communication, Articulation,

Problem Solving , Focus, Reading Body Language, Build trust in relationships and teams

Leadership and the value of team effort, Making Choices, and more!

What can that translate into?

Developing Relationships

Better communicator

Positive change in behaviour

Self Confidence & Self esteem

Self Identity

Abilities to solve problems

Comfort in new activities, roles, meeting new people

Setting clear intentions and boundaries

Respect

Observation

Face fears and learn new behaviors to gain personal power
and respect

Develop skills to work through uncomfortable, emotionally
charged situations

and more!

We partner with horses as the teacher in a safe and controlled environment. Programs range between 8-12 weeks, lasting 1 hour and 15 min. This ensures that each participant gets the most out of their experience, and allows our facilitators to track the advancements throughout the participants own personal journey. After each program, handouts are sent back with participants, and teachers/counselors/parents, to continually parallel the skills learnt in the arena, back to everyday life.

This specific BuildingBlock™ Program has been approved by the Calgary Board of Education, and has had multiple research studies to the results.

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Can Horses Help our Kids?

The value of horses as teachers  as a  tool to learn new skills have been proven time and time again in the teaching of young people.

12 Week Leadership Program

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 HORSES + OBJECTIVE-BASED EXERCISES + EFFECTIVE FACILITATION + EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING =

POSITIVE CHANGE

We don’t just wing it; through the Fundamental Principals and Form of Delivery we can guarantee an outcome. The learned skills don’t just stay in the arena. All objectives are paralleled back to everyday life and help clients to gain the skills and the self-esteem necessary to reintegrate back into the lives they were truly meant for.

 

Working with horses creates a unique memory that causes the attendee to remember the training far longer than sitting in ‘just-another classroom’. Our Building Block Curriculum builds on one particular skill each week and then continues building on those skills as the participants move to the next week. With the help of our Certified EAL Facilitators and horses, attendees build strong, solid skills that they can draw upon when dealing with people, choices, and the world around them.

We offer 2 age groups 8 to 12 and 13 to 17

Our Teachers Deliver Results! ​

Our teachers deliver irrefutable results: 

 

1. Physical Wellbeing:

  • Physical Status: The youth feels better about themselves physical after engaging in Equine Assisted Learning, leading to  participating in other physical activities - with an end result of improved physical health. 

  • Safe Physical Touch: Participants learn the importance of physical touch with their horse. This leads to better understanding of safe or healthy touch (especially while grooming). 

     

2. Mental Wellbeing: Includes improved;

  • Moods, feelings, and emotions, 

  • Cognition, intellect, Perceptions and thoughts, 

  • Judgement and identity through perceptions of self. 

  • Out of the mouths of youth: “I thought that if I could do that [horse program], I could do anything.”

     

3. Social Wellbeing: 

  • Focusing on interpersonal dynamics of the individual's relationships or associations with family, friends, the community, and the universe! 

  • All programs are designed to enhance effective communication through better understanding of space, body language, and dialogue. 

  • Increased awareness of self, of others, and of their own learning creates a positive change in behaviour - through the use of the horse's boundaries (which are very distinct and defined, which means feedback for crossing those boundaries is immediate and authentic). 

ANTI BULLYING 8 WEEK PROGRAM

Our 8-Week Anti-Bullying Program promotes the development of anti-bulling skills to help youths to stand up against bullies and not become a victim of bullying. Our program creators, Equine Connection, teamed up with the Family Channel for their "Stand Up! To Bullying!" Campaign. Only 4 schools were chosen to host the Family Channel's anti-bulling rally, one of which was in Strathmore, Alberta, where Equine Connection presented our Anti-Bullying Program and was filmed for the hit Family Channel show, "The Next Step!" with hosts Jennie and Alex. 

 

BULLY OR VICTIM

A child with bullying issues may be just as much a victim in their own life as the child they direct their aggression towards. Many bullies are children who may have been overlooked, misdiagnosed, suffering from neurological disabilities, or may have been abused children themselves. Our equine therapy programs are ideal for any child(ren) who exhibits aggressive behaviour by promoting positive leadership skills, developing choice-making and goal-setting skills, and encouraging responsibility, creativity and laughter.

 

BULLY-PROOFING SKILLS CAN BE TAUGHT

The best way to help children not become victims of bullies is by teaching them bully-proofing skills. Victims of bullies usually exhibit poor communication skills and tend to be left out of activities, leaving them isolated. Our equine assisted learning programs have proven to be ideal for any child who exhibits anti-social communication skills as they are provided with training in socialization skills which improves not only communication skills but also, emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual wellness, self-esteem, encourages sensory stimulation, and ultimately, integration.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

 

VICTIMS OF BULLIES

 

Our equine programs have proven to be ideal for a child who exhibits anti-social communication skills as they provide training in social skills which improves communication skills, emotional, physical, mental and spiritual wellness, self-esteem, and encourages sensory stimulation and ultimately, integration.

 

THE BULLY

Our equine programs are ideal for a child who exhibits aggressive behaviour by promoting positive leadership skills, empathy, kindness, choice-making skills, and encouraging responsibility, creativity, and laughter. The youth that teachers, counselors and the principal feel display behavioural issues, or who are withdrawn, will benefit most from the program.

Engage & Empower

By emphasizing self-responsibility and accountability, our interactive Engage & Empower programs provide young people at risk of disengagement with the opportunity to develop self-reliance, self-confidence, and self-esteem. Early intervention provides the best opportunity for young people to be well prepared for lifelong, continued learning.

Horses understand how to differentiate between potentially threatening behaviour and a calm and assertive nature. They role model the positive impact of clear and effective leadership, acceptance, kindness and compassion.

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