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Empowerment • Team Building • Skills Development

Equine Assisted Learning and Horsemanship

Welcome to Wind Over Meadows

A place to come and process life's obstacles. Our horses work with individuals, families, teams & together we discover how horses help to strengthen communication, active listening, observation, leadership, & community. ​

"What is Equine Assisted Learning?

Equine Assisted Learning is a learner-based educational experience with horses. More specifically, an effective approach to human development that encourages individual and team growth, with the horse as a team member and teacher. Participants engage in objectively driven exercises and find themselves learning valuable life skills in a fun and exciting atmosphere while working with horses - without venturing into Equine Therapy.

EAL has proven to be an effective, powerful, positive, educational, and creative horse program. Our program emphasizes its BuildingBlock™ curriculum of facilitating life skills through positively reinforced interaction with horses. Exercises are developed to encourage self-confidence through validated, hands-on experiences.

 

Why Horses?

Horses are tough and steadfast dance partners. Horses consistently react to the stimulus provided by participants. Some of the joys associated with working around horses are – they don't judge, but they constantly assess. Their feedback is honest and instant. Learning to listen to what horses have to say is powerful and can sometimes spur the answer to personal change. By including horses in specially designed educational exercises, equine-assisted facilitators have greatly multiplied the participant's success rate to self-discovery. How? Horses can magnify an individual's problem immediately and provide a skilled facilitator with an opportunity to identify an individual's character. Horses don't overthink a participant's motive, but horses do challenge their behaviour and leadership."

TESTIMONIALS

Jennifer is  wonderful riding instructor. She’s given lessons to both me and my son. I took riding lessons as a teenager and then stopped. Jennifer got me back on a horse as an adult — she gave me my first lessons of decades! I was surprisingly nervous about getting back on a horse, but she made it feel both safe and fun. At the same time, she introduced my son, who had never been on a horse before, to his very first lessons. Patient, innovative, and encouraging is how I would describe her approach. 

Cheryl Sandys

“Bringing my team to Wind Over Meadows was amazing.  We had tried more traditional team building workshops. I found people were not overly excited about the events of the past but saw it as a day off.  This time they went with feet dragging but once there it all changed.  We met JP and the horses, got the low down on what challenges faced us for the day and then began.  The end wrapped up with a discussion on what hurdles we faced how we overcame them and what that meant to us as a group. I left realizing that sometimes I have unclear expectations, my team does an amazing job of deciphering my intent. That will now change. Horses are amazing teachers and the facilitator was pretty great as well.  Highly recommend this skills development program.“

Edward P. 

"My 10 year old son and I had a really great experience with Jennifer doing some Equine Assisted Learning. It was wonderful to see my son work calmly and attentively with the horses. We really needed to communicate and work together to get through the challenges that Jennifer set out for us. We look forward to returning and continuing to work on our skills together."

Natalie P.