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Equitan Equine Assisted Learning

Equine Assisted Learning, or Equine Guided Education, is an experiential approach to teaching life skills using horses. We create an environment that is conducive for learning to take place and allow participants to develop relationships as we work to bridge the gap between what happens in the arena and real life.

Equitan’s programs are taught through exercises which have been created through intense research. Our programs are based on the Cartier Farms EAL curriculum which utilize objective based group activities that foster participant's communication, leadership, trust and teamwork while working with horses. These activities develop critical skills needed for life outside of the arena. In 2009 the Cartier Equine Center (EAL founder) became the focus of a collaborative community-based research project through the University of Saskatoon Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina and University of Calgary to study how horses assist in the healing of First Nation’s youth who abuse solvents. This research was released in June of 2013 and can be found through the Addictions Research Chair website (Colleen Dell, Ph. D) under the document name "The Helping Horse". It is through this research that the EAL program has been built upon and developed in order to assist those of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

EAL can benefit everyone. No riding or previous horse experience is required; all exercises are done from the ground with trained and qualified facilitators on hand at all times

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