Belvoir's Equine assisted therapy & Learning Programs

The Power of the horse..

The horse is the central figure for all human development work at Belvoir. Twelve hundred pounds of power and beauty in motion, the horse is over ten times the size of an average human being. And yet, there is a strong emotional and curative bond between us.


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Why Horses?

Every time you step into the round pen with a horse, remind yourself that today you may stand on the threshold of a great new personal discovery.

Each horse, in it's own way, is ready to coach you. And when your resolution to change-to work on the person you want to become- becomes heartfelt and sincere, the the horse will reveal his next great secret, his next gift, to you.

Horses are like a band of legendary Zen Masters. They are perfect teachers because they uncover your real motivation. They tell you when you are wholeheartedly committed or if you are faking it, when you are making a sacred vow or just paying lip service. Horses see what's holding you back. And when you find the courage to confront those shortcomings, horses will always reward you with a way to overcome them.

Why does this relationship work?

Humans are predators, but horses are prey animals. As prey, they have to be fully aware of the larger environment around them to protect themselves. Their life depends upon exercising these talents. In a world inundated with rapid-fire technologies and responses, horses have plenty to teach us about how to reclaim our diminished right-brain capacity for empathy, creativity and compassion. 

Through Equine Assisted Experiential Learning/Psychotherapy, and its complementary nature-based programs, Nature Walks and Birding, Forest Therapy we learn to speak the strong, silent language of the horse. We can enter the forest to experience the earth’s replenishing energy, the horse power within the trees and reactivate our senses to feel inner peace with ourselves and the world.

“More than thirty million years of evolutionary pressure have turned the horse into the quintessential prey animal. Rather than using words or vocalizations to communicate – sounds that help a predator pinpoint its prey – horses learned instead how not to talk, how not to make sounds, and how to make sense from being, not thinking.”

~ Zen Horse, Zen Mind, Dr. Allan Hamilton

Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning and Human Development

Individual Private Sessions

Individual Private Sessions involve one-on-one introduction to the program followed by activities with the horse. Activities take place in the arena or outdoor round pen. The sessions progress at the comfort level and experience / readiness level of the participant. All activities are conducted in a safe manner. 

Please note that an EFL program is strictly a ground work (no riding) program. No horse experience necessary.

Sessions are 1 1/2 to 2 hours in duration and led by an Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning Specialist/Therapist.

For inquiries about group sessions