Equine Facilitated Learning

Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL)

Equine Facilitated Learning and Therapeutic Horsemanship are activities in which participants can build confidence and self-awareness. This type of equine interaction focuses on developing a relationship with our horses. Riding may or may not be involved, depending on the individual needs and goals of the participant. This type of work is very effective for adolescents and teenagers, as well as adults.
All EFL sessions are led by a PATH Intl. certified Equine Specialist and Therapeutic Riding Instructor. The other vital members of an EFL team are Riverwood’s horses, who help the participant with transformation and awareness.

How does a session work?

Horses are used for multiple reasons. As prey animals, they are exquisitely sensitive to nonverbal stimuli, and they give clear and authentic feedback when interacting with others, including humans. As herd animals, horses are social and seek relationship. They have distinct personalities and differing roles in their herd. These factors result in opportunities for metaphorical learning that relate to other life situations. EFL is an effective activity to build self-confidence, relationship skills, and awareness for individuals and groups of all ages with all types of diagnoses.

Who Benefits?

Equine Facilitated Learning and Therapeutic Horsemanship can be an empowering process for people dealing with personal, work or school stress, life transitions, grief and loss, relationships with others, communication and general daily life.

Want to know more?

Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center currently offers Equine Facilitated Learning and Therapeutic Horsemanship sessions on a weekly basis at our farm in Tobaccoville, NC. For more information on these programs, please contact Laura Pallavicini at 336-922-6426 or rtrc@windstream.net.