Frequently Asked Questions

Thanks for your interest in the Taking the Lead program. We are willing to be creative with our presentation and activities so that we can best serve you. Please share any such thoughts you might have upon arrival or by communicating with the staff prior to your arrival.

What shall I expect from this type of Learning?

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is an experiential learning experience that uses horses as active participants that help to facilitate the learning experience of the participants. By examining equine behavior and how the horses may or may not react to us, we can better understand what may be more effective in our own human relationships.

The EAL team includes a trained facilitator, therapy horses, and a horse handler. The equine-assisted model (EAGALA) helps individuals learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses and then processing the experience and recognize how this may relate to their school, workplace, and home.

Why horses?

There are numerous reasons to use horses in human training programs. Firstly, Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) provides the one thing all other experiential programs cannot, the opportunity of using large animals that creates an ever changing environment, thus proving evolving experiences that enhance the learning and growth. Horses are responsive beings. They have an awareness and sensitivity to their surroundings. They also have as many individual personalities, physical abilities and limitations as the folks that surround us every day. Most of all, horses give immediate and honest feedback which can show us many things about not only ourselves, but how we work as either a team, family or individual.

Horses are an innovative way to train with your classmates, colleagues or family. This environment evokes full participation, communication, and team work. Horses are not sensitive to your position, power, status or title. In fact, they are perceptive, honest and offer no hidden agendas or ineffective meetings. By utilizing the horses as full members of your team, you can develop trust, confidence, awareness, and interpersonal skills that promote the opportunity to learn what we need to change, in order to succeed in our personal and professional relationships.

Will we ride the horses?

No. During the Equine Assisted Learning programming you will be 100% on the ground, while interacting with our horses through unique experiential activities.

What shall I wear?

Dress for active participation. Wear clothing that can get dirty. Sturdy, closed-toed footwear is required. Bring a jacket. Sessions are held in our indoor arena.

Who can I call for more information or questions?

Exceptional Equestrians, (920) 347-3174

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Exceptional Equestrians
1130 Orlando Drive
De Pere, WI 54115

Please arrive at your session no earlier than its start time. Park and enter in front. For your safety, the safety of the other participants, and the horses, do not walk around the property or open any gates.

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