Ranch Ehrlo Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) Program is a learner-based educational experience with horses located exclusively at the Buckland campus Donalda Hansen Centre for Equine Therapy. The EAT Program allows the horse to become the instructor, teaching our youth and families life skills to enhance their treatment and to have fun while doing so.
The EAT Program consists of two main components: Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and riding lessons.
Equine Assisted Learning
The Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Program is led by an experienced and trained facilitator, who promotes personal growth and learning to program participants. Program participants engage in fun and exciting horse-focused ground exercises and, in the process, find themselves learning valuable life-enhancing skills. There are numerous advantages of the program, and some of the benefits include:
- Improving communication
- Developing healthy relationships based on mutual trust and respect
- Learning problem-solving skills
- Building confidence and self-esteem
- Developing integrity and personal work ethic
- Understanding and applying appropriate assertiveness and accepting responsibility
- Learning to work through challenges and obstacles in a positive manner
The program is operated by instructors who have received training and certification as Equine Assisted Learning Specialists trained at Cartier Farms. This certification is recognized by Equine Canada and the Saskatchewan Horse Federation, and is therefore governed by their operational requirements, policies, and codes of ethics.
Riding lessons are the second component of the EAT Program. Riding lessons at the Ranch are taught by Equine Canada certified riding instructors. The lessons not only teach the art and discipline of horseback riding, but also focus on the development of life skills as learned through the EAL sessions.
Program leader is Amanda Snell. She received her Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) certificate and is a Level 4 Master Facilitator through the EAL Academy. Amanda is also an Equine Canada Western Riding Instructor and is working to become an Equine Canada Trail Riding Instructor.