equine assisted learning

Why Certify

Why Certify?

The Equine Assisted Learning Certification Course ensures the technical competence of their trained professional facilitators. Certification exams go beyond training by providing an objective measurement of a facilitator's knowledge and skills. This Horse Course Certification is designed to establish standards for developing qualified facilitators.

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Prerequisites Simply put - a love of people and horses! Fulfill your destiny and get your Dream Career today!

Simply put - a love of people and horses!
Fulfill your destiny and get your Dream Career today!

Equine Connection's certified course holds the highest of standards and ethics for the welfare and safety of horses and all clients taking any of the equine assisted learning exercises/programs. Organizations and clients that you will work with are sold on the fact that there is a governance body ensuring all certified facilitators are adhering to the SAFETY and REGULATIONS of what this certification holds.

What Is A Facilitator’s Job? And Why Are We Needed?

As an Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator, we use a highly proven technique, to empower people to acquire, apply, and retain life skills - with the most unique and powerful four-legged teacher(s), the horse(s).

These programs help people to make their own decisions, help them to take responsibility for their own choices and actions, and come to healthy conclusions about the choices that they make.
When learning new skills, we are typically confined to a box, where we aren’t given the freedom to explore learning in a way that works for us each individually.

In an Equine Assisted Learning setting, participants have the opportunity to try things differently.

As an Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator, our roles include:

  • Ensuring the safety of all horses and participants.
  • Stepping in’ to guide the participant’s to understand what it is the horse is “saying” and understand how they can apply that learning to their own lives.
  • Providing encouragement and support.
  • Encouraging participants to think outside the box, take risks, or try on new roles.
  • Resolving conflict.
  • Empowering clients to find success!

A common misconception people have about our role
as a facilitator is that we are therapists or counsellors.
That is false!

We do not dig to discover the participant’s feelings. Nor do we try and figure out “how” or “why” the participants got to where they are at.

​Instead, we work with the horse(s), who acts as a “barometer” for where the people are at - giving us, as facilitators, a window of opportunity to guide and assist our client’s learning journey, of building foundational life skills.

This means that the horse(s) reacts simply off of the participant’s stimulus - whether it be calm, confused, frustrated, or excited.

And, we as the facilitator, help the participant to understand what it is the horse is “saying” so that they can apply the lessons they’ve been taught by the horse back to their everyday life.

This is a very unique, interactive and FUN way of learning...

However, it typically pushes people outside of their comfort zone - causing that ‘uncomfortable’ feeling, which often leads to some form of conflict, chaos or disorder. It is entirely normal and expected that teams within this setting will experience this - however, our role is to guide them back to success where they take what they’ve learnt in this ‘new, uncomfortable’ zone, and make room for growth and creativity, empowering them to expand their skillset, mindset, their knowledge of self and expand their individual comfort zones.

We provide a safe, supportive, positive space for people so that they can be empowered to make changes in-the-moment AND adjustments to their lives, habits and behaviours. Our role is to ensure that they find success while they work through different objectively-driven tasks and exercises!
Although these programs are typically held in a group setting, the unique facilitation technique that we use in our programs recognizes the individuals’ journey of learning.

We as the facilitators bring every circumstance, situation, accomplishment, etc. back to the horse and what the horse is teaching, to help people to see what they are capable of, and what skills they need in their lives to move forward!

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You Will Learn To Empower People Through This Skill Building,
Objectively Driven Programs.

  • How to identify an individual's strengths and weaknesses through group exercises
  • Understanding the 6 Components to the course that allows for a predictable and    achievable outcome
  • How to bring out an individual's ability to learn new skills
  • Learn how to empower individuals with skills to conquer difficult group challenges while they deal with their own personal journey, and you will learn how to be a part of this life changing opportunity in your community.
  • Learn how to facilitate a group through effectively communicating as they turn problems into opportunities
  • Learn how to recognize the individual participant as an asset to their group; learn how to guide individuals through the process of thinking together, resolve conflict together, maintaining accountability together and inspiring each other to do their best
  • Learn how to let the horses do their horse job
  • Learn how to run these horse programs related to the objective
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What Does Certification Mean?

As defined by the Global Certification Institute: Certification refers to the confirmation of certain characteristics of a person, organization or object. This confirmation is often, but not always, provided by some form of external review, education or assessment. One of the most common types of certification in modern society is professional certification, where a person is certified as being able to competently complete a job or task, usually by the passing of an examination. The purpose of any professional certification is to produce official and public recognition of an individual's competencies and capabilities in a professional subject area.

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