School Program

The School Program is not just an exercise in riding horses … nor is it simply a classroom experience.

Students get hands-on experience with horses in our alternative classroom while developing critical social skills and sharing their learning experiences with their teammates. Students learn skills in grooming, tacking, leading, horsemanship, ground exercises and riding. Each group of four students bonds and learns to depend on each other to establish trust, teamwork, leadership, and most of all…the respect of their horse!

Process Oriented Experiential Learning with horses (also referred to as Equine Facilitated Learning) is woven into all aspects of our classes, allowing students to fill in the unique social gaps they each have experienced.

The scope of the School Program is present and solution-focused, to provide the safest and best experience possible while adhering to all CanTRA safety guidelines.

The School Program focuses primarily on able-bodied students and their emotional, social and mental health wellness. The students participating in the School Program are from grades 5-8 and are referred by their school contacts to participate in the program.

Different from basic riding lessons, our focus is on our students’ relationship and communication with their horses.

Ultimately, students learn horsemanship and how to ride while participating in a long-term journey to social and emotional skill development. Our students learn to unbridle their potential.