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Cartier Equine Learning Center’s Equine-Assisted Learning Programs Cartier Equine Learning Center believes in the natural teaching ability of the horse for the purpose of providing effective equineassisted learning (EAL) experiential opportunities. W hat is EAL? Equine-Assisted Learning is an effective approach to hum an developm ent through horsem anship. Participants engage in team em phasized exercises and find them selves learning valuable skills in a fun and exciting atm osphere while working through the dynam ics of horses. EAL has proven to be effective, challenging, interesting, exciting, therapeutic, positive, educational, and creative. EAL is a powerful journey where participants learn character developing skills. They can then draw from these when faced with difficult challenges and/or to overcom e negative influences. This particular building block style of learning helps individuals better understand them selves as they participate in exercises designed around understanding the nature of “the horse”. W e call it “Using Horse Sense”. W hen one has learned the fundam ental principals of EAL, it is easy to understand why

individuals with com prom ised m oral values or ethical standards find it difficult, if not im possible, to keep their secrets hidden when they start to work through exercises with horses. As one works through the program , developing character skills, it is realistic to expect to develop leadership attributes and skills along the way. EAL provides leadership developm ent opportunities and has applications in the corporate world.

Equine Assisted Learning

We Welcome the opportunity to introduce you to the Cartier Equine Center’s Certified Equine-Assisted Learning Building Block TM Program Series © specially designed to develop leadership skills in som e, life-skills in those at-risk, and specific skills in participants with special needs in an effort to bring out the best in those that enter as participants of any age, skill level or profession. The EAL youth program series was originally designed to facilitate the building of personal developm ent skills, while ‘using horse sense’. Since its inception, we have found that participants receive a wide range of individual benefits, especially when enhanced by the followup efforts their teachers m ake back in the classroom . Bullying has becom e a m ajor problem in schools across the country. EAL encourages positive change by specifically targeting self esteem and confidence in both the bully and the bullied. There is something about the outside of a horse that seems to make a profound difference to the inside of a child.

Leah Hope RN Certified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator 205 Hillcrest Drive Trail BC V1R 4V6 250.368.2002 Fax 250.364.3079

The first Canadian certified

Equine-Assisted Learning

Building Block


Program Series © Proven to be effective, powerful, interesting, exciting, positive, educational and creative!

Life-Skills Development

W e believe in taking a pro-active role along with innovative strategies to better prepare the youth of today. W e choose to em power our youth with skills and abilities to conquer the negative influences that surround them . It is our goal to offer each participant the opportunity to work with and learn from the horses... a dream com e true for m any! This program enhances life-skills by focusing on peer pressure, effective com m unication, problem solving, conflict resolution and other social needs. It also explores alternatives to choosing negative consequences, activities or behaviours.

Equine-Assisted Learning

is a powerful, professional and effective approach, proven to have a positive im pact on individuals of all ages. The goal of equine-assisted learning is to provide hope and healing to kids (and adults) that suffer from substance abuse, behavioural issues, attention deficit disorder, eating disorders, physical, em otional or sexual abuse, depression, anxiety and relationship problem s. EAL program s are a powerful journey of learning and understanding for those who participate. Horses in this program are effective teaching tools; im m ediately responding to what participants do. Trained facilitators look for “teachable m om ents” that horses identify. The horse does the teaching; facilitators are there to offer explanation and provide guidance as they work through to a solution.

“A human moment occurs anytime two or more people are together, paying attention to the other.”

Individual Skills Development

Edward M. Hallowell M.D..


In a horse’s world, the rules are clear, easy to understand and consequences are dealt with swiftly. Nature provides them with astute senses and instincts. Horses can discern the difference between a calm non-threatening approach and anxious, nervous energy or a threatening body posture. Their survival depends upon it! Horses require strong leadership and are willing to follow, but only after they find respect and trust. If we provide contradictory behaviour, they will question and challenge our authority to lead. Horses respect the stringent outline of the hierarchy. In a horse’s world, team work is respected and expected. Horses respond favorably to positive stim ulus and respect FAIR consequences. Horses are tough and steadfast dance partners; they don’t judge, but they don’t forget. They don’t let you cheat and their feedback is honest.

Horses are in the present moment; they do not judge.

Uniquely designed equine-assisted program to develop custom ized learning experiences that focus on enhancing specific skills in participants. Participants are offered the opportunity to work through the program while learning about them selves, their abilities to form relationships and how to contribute to a team . If we, as facilitators, are willing to listen the horses can assist us with guiding groups to becom ing better individuals. By including horses in specially designed educational experiences, equine-assisted specialists have greatly m ultiplied the participant’s rate of success to self discovery. Horses can’t over think a participant’s m otive and horses can’t m anipulate behaviour. But by their intuitive nature and innate sensitivity, horses can provide facilitators with a window into the participant’s personality. As facilitators listen to a horse’s non-verbal com m unication, together, they have the ability to walk participants through to finding life-altering change.

Program Delivery “Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self-esteem. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls, they give us hope.” Toni Robinson

Sessions are 1 hour in duration, no m ore than twice per week to allow the concepts presented in the sessions to infuse in to daily life. The curriculum is delivered over 12-16 sessions. Please contact us for detailed costs.

Equine Assisted Learning  

What is EAL? Equine-Assisted Learning is an effective approach to human development through horsemanship. Participants engage in team emphas...

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