Equine Assisted Learning/


Equine Assisted Psychotherapy



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Equine Assisted Learning & Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions and workshops incorporates horses for a deeper holistic (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual) learning experience. The focus of Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) or Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is to develop practical and essential life skills that will serve the client in all areas of their life including family, community and workplace relationships. Authentic non-verbal communication, respect, empathy, boundaries, assertiveness, creative thinking and problem-solving, leadership, taking responsibility, teamwork, healthy relationships, confidence and attitudes are several examples of the tools utilized and developed by this modality of learning. By gaining a better understanding of how our core communication is received by horses, who are complicated sentient beings, participants are able to learn how to gain the horse’s respect, focus, trust and willingness. The horse’s response to each client is unique and to the point allowing the client to experience dramatic changes in how they view themselves and others. This type of learning is experiential in nature and gives the client the knowledge and understanding of how to apply the lessons discovered with the horses to leadership of themselves, family, community and peers. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy differs by having a licensed therapist working with the Equine Specialist in sessions.


Story Book Meadows offers individual, family or group sessions.

What is Experiential Learning?

 fellowship 020According to the Association of Experiential Education (1995), experiential learning can best be described as learning through doing. Experiences like this have “the ability to inform us not only cognitively but also physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This holistic approach engages the whole person. This is transformative capability”. (Deb Piranian www.aee.org) This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviours, and patterns. Equine Assisted Learning is a powerful and effective approach to self-awareness that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families and teams.

Please contact us to learn more about this new and exciting learning opportunity and alternative to office counseling. All activities are on the ground and no horse experience is necessary. Click here for testimonials.


Tell me & I forget. Teach me & I learn. Involve me & I remember.
– Benjamin Franklin





  • Building relationships & connecting with others
  • Understanding trust & respect
  • Youth with behavioural issues
  • Roles & responsibilities
  • Increasing self esteem and self awareness
  • Problem Solving & building confidence
  • Verbal & non-verbal communications
  • Boundaries/bullying/anxiety
  • Managing stress
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Parent/child bonding
  • Depression & grief
  • Conflict resolution & anger issues
  • stress reduction,/li>
  • Developing leadership & team skills
  • Any personal issues affecting your life





    • Child or Adolescent
    • Parenting
    • Codependency
    • Depression
    • Coping Skills
    • Domestic Abuse & Divorce
    • Addictions & self harm
    • Intellectual Disability
    • Sexual Abuse
    • Substance Abuse
    • Trauma & PTSD
    • Bisexual/gay/lesbian
    • Dissociative Disorders
    • Mood Disorders

      The focus of each session is based on the individual needs of the client/s.


      Please contact us about pricing for your situation or group needs.


      Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

      Youth Equine Assisted Learning



      The peaceful surroundings at Story Book Meadows (at our previous location in Ocala, Florida) helps kids learn about dealing with anger during an Equine Assisted Learning session.