Youth Programs 


Skill Development Programs Using Horses. Prepare Your Children to Take On The Challenges That Life Throws At Them.

Horses are an ideal educational tool for use with children. Once a child is taught the basics of dealing properly with a horse, he or she can become the leader the horse seeks. When the horse feels safe and at peace with the person, cooperation is a hundred fold and the child can easily get the horse to do what is asked of it.

Our interactive youth programs are specifically designed to ensure the learning and retention of necessary life skills It is an excellent approach with the horses being the teacher as the horse has "loud teachable moments" that they never forget. This gives the youths an experience to pull from when they are faced with choices in everyday life as they build strong solid skills working with their teacher. Our youth curriculum programs are usually longer term and range between 8-15 sessions. This allows our facilitators to not only ensure the effectiveness of the course but also to track the advancements in each of the youth within it.



Students will be offered the opportunity to develop in the following areas:

  • Leadership                          

  • Effective communication

  • Listening skills

  • Problem solving                  

  • Teamwork

  • Develop relationships

  • Accept responsibility and accountability

  • Overcome barriers to find change

  • Be encouraged to be creative and innovative

  • Find opportunity in working together

  • Realize the benefits associated with effective communication

  • and recognize the value of mutual trust, respect, and personal integrity...All while having a blast!



The best way to help children not become victims of bullies is by teaching them bully-proofing skills. Victims of bullies usually exhibit poor communication skills and tend to be left out of activities, leaving them isolated. Our equine assisted learning programs have proven to be ideal for a child who exhibits anti-social communication skills as they provide training in social skills which improves communication skills, emotional, physical, mental and spiritual wellness, self-esteem, and encourages sensory stimulation and ultimately, integration.

An equine program is one of the most remarkable forms of assisted learning that you can give to a child who is in danger of becoming a statistic. Research has shown that people who are in contact with animals, even for short period of time, experience a better quality of health, as well as a more stable and measured outlook on life. Being around a friendly and responsive animal significantly decreases the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Many children and young people with bullying issues have raised levels of cortisol and live in a continual cycle of stress. The same is true for a victim of bullying; just being around horses can raise the levels of confidence and assertion within a timid child.

Equine Assisted Learning programs are wonderful for helping troubled children and teens re-establish themselves as confident and assertive young people without the need for aggression. Many of the bullying issues in children and teenagers are brought about from living for an extended period of time in difficult circumstances. There may even be cases of abuse and neglect that have forced a child to react to the world with aggression and mistrust. Often the only refuge for a person who has been abused is to become the abuser themselves.



Participation, retention, fun and of course.... a horse!

The value of using horses as a teaching tool to learn new skills have been proven time and time again in the teaching of young people and especially teenagers. The use of an equine assisted learning program is a unique way to teach young people who are fortunate to participate in the Equine Connection Youth Interactive Development Programs.

Horses understand how to differentiate between potentially threatening behavior and a calm and assertive nature. Children and young people who have the chance to work with our youth development programs are able to learn how to modify their behavior through sets of exercises that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. This type of teaching cannot be delivered in a classroom. It is the experience of being in close contact with horses that has the most effect on young people.

It has been proven... That the more senses that are engaged, the greater the likelihood that new learning will be retained. The more we involve learners, the more senses are engaged, thereby increasing the probability that they will learn, retain, and apply what they have learned.

Each of our exercises are custom designed to maximize learning potential and focus on developing individual skills as they work through each fun interactive group challenge. Teams will work to: develop relationships; accept responsibility and accountability; overcome barriers to find change; be encouraged to be creative and innovative; find opportunity in working together; realize the benefits associated with effective communication; and recognize the value of mutual trust, respect, and personal integrity. All while having a blast!

Searching for alternatives to traditional education. Emphasizing self-responsibility, participative education attempts to involve the student in experiences relevant to his future, and to provide him with the opportunity and methodology for learning from these experiences. Students would be allowed to develop self-reliance, self-confidence, and increased self-esteem, and would leave school better equipped for lifelong, continued learning.

People Remember:

10% of what they read

20% of what they hear

30% of what they see

50% of what they see and hear

70% of what they say as they talk

90% of what they say as they do

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