Participants engage in hands on learning that utilizes the horse as a partner in exploring positive development of communication, self respect, confidence, trust, accountability, and conflict resolution. Sessions incorporate a variety of ground work and general horsemanship activities such as grooming, leading, and herd observation.
Our Equine Facilitated Learning programs can be tailored to specific individuals, populations, or organizations. Classes are overseen by PATH Intl. Certified Equine Specialists who collaborate with mental health and learning professionals and community volunteers.
Please note that our EFL program is strictly a ground work (no riding) program
What can you learn from Equine Facilitated Learning?
- Self awareness
- Enhanced verbal communication
- Enhanced non-verbal communication
- And much more...
Interested in Equine Facilitated Learning? Follow these easy steps!
- Complete the New Participant Application 2016-2017.
- Return completed Application (including Physician Release) to Horses Help:
- Mail to: P.O. Box 71005 Phoenix, AZ 85050
- Drop off: 2601 E. Rose Garden Ln. Phoenix, AZ 85050
- Scan and email to: Kerri.S@horseshelp.org
- After reviewing your application, a member of our staff will contact you with additional questions and/or to set up a participant intake.
- Scheduling will be determined at participant intake.
Program Options and Cost:
Equine Facilitated Learning: Private Class
-Participants are paired with a PATH, Intl. certified Equine Specialist who designs lessons based on the participant's social and/or emotional needs and centers that lesson around horsemanship skills. Participants are engaged in a private, hour long, self-discovery type activity using the equine and horsemanship skills to build life skills such as confidence, leadership, self-advocacy, etc. If applicable, goals and objectives are aligned to outside counseling goals, IEPs or 504 plans. One session runs for six weeks, but participants can do multiple sessions.
- Contact EFL/EFMH Coordinator Kerri for pricing details
Equine Facilitated Learning: Group Class-
Contact EFL/EFMH Coordinator Kerri for Pricing details
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Does insurance cover Equine Facilitated Learning?
A: At this time, typical insurance does not cover Equine Facilitated Learning lessons. In some cases AHCCCS or ESA may provide supplemental funding for this activity. Contact your case worker for more information.
Q: How many students are in a 'group' lesson?
A: Group lessons limited to a maximum of four participants in one class.
Q: Am I too young/old for EFL?
A: We serve participants ranging from 7 years of age to Seniors!
Q: What is a Participant Intake?
A: An intake is a 30-45 minute meeting at Horses Help. This meeting enables the potential participant to see the facility, meet the staff, and ask questions. This is also a key time for a trained staff member to do an in-person evaluation of the behavior or social skill that needs to be addressed so that we can set individual goals, ask questions, and get to know you better!
Q: What is 'horsemanship'?
A: Horsemanship is where participants focus on working their horse on the ground to build a stronger relationship and learn fundamental skills such as grooming, tacking, leading, etc.