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Horse Sense of the Carolinas, Inc.
6919 Meadows Town Road
Marshall, North Carolina 28753

Phone: (828) 683-7304
Fax: (828) 683-6281
E-mail: info@horsesenseotc.com








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EAP/EAL Overview >

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)
in Schools

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) at Horse Sense offers schools a way to address the needs of and re-engage students in the educational process. EAL is particularly effective with exceptional students, those with learning disabilities, and those at risk of dropping out.

EAL presents participants with interactive challenges designed to:

  • improve communication skills
  • recognize and build on strengths
  • comprehend respect, trust and honesty
  • understand natural consequences and focus on accountability
  • enrich relationships and teamwork
  • utilize critical thinking, planning, and problem-solving skills

What programs are available?

Horse Sense collaborates with parents, teachers, therapists and school administrators to customize goals for groups or individual students, hence each program is unique. In general, you can choose:

  • Therapy programs or Learning programs
  • Our farm or your school
  • 6, 12 or 24 week programs
  • Programs that incorporate academic standards and integrate into the classroom
  • Curriculums we offer include Cowboy Poetry, Journey of Spirit Horse, & Marvelous Minis

Does it work?

We've had great success implementing a variety of programs in the schools, including our pilot Cowboy Poetry Program in Edneyville Elementary.

We have collaborated with Isaac Dickson Elementary, Randolph Learning Center, Edneyville Elementary School, and Fletcher Elementary School, among others, to provide Equine Assisted Learning programs.

We have also collaborated with several residential schools, including New Leaf Academy and Stone Mountain School, providing Equine Assisted Programs for their youth and their parents and families.

How do I get a program started for my school/group?

Please contact us for a consultation about your program or for an onsite visit to our farm or your school.

"They were a group of ten ragtag boys in 4th and 5th grade. The kind who take being "just a boy" to the extreme. Not Special Ed, but with an array of pretty significant challenges in the way of their academic and social success. Then came Cowboy Poetry.

The boys had fun, they bonded as a group, they showed caring about themselves and their classmates. And their teachers noted the positive changes they observed in the boys. They had become better students. Maybe best of all some of the "good" in them that had been laying dormant found an appropriate outlet."- Rob Curtis, Director of Student Support Services, Henderson County Public Schools