Equine Assisted Learning


What is Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)?

Definition =  a form of experiential learning using interaction with horses to teach various life skills and to increase self-awareness.


Who benefits from EAL ?

For people struggling with a difficult situation, relationship or decision, and for anyone wanting to work on life skills such as: confidence, self-esteem, assertiveness, leadership, effective communication, relationship building, social skills, conflict resolution, goal setting, anxiety reduction, setting boundaries, self-control, problem solving, resilience, creative thinking, over-coming fears, handling frustration

Scientific studies have proven that EAL can help at risk youth, children and adolescents with academic, social, or behavioural issues, victims of trauma, and people with depression and anxiety.


Who teaches EAL at Partridge Horse Hill?

  • Frances, Certified BHSAI (EC level 1 coach equivalent)After becoming a qualified instructor through the British Horse Society, Frances taught students and trained horses in England and California, and started a recreational riding program at a British Forces Base in NigeriaSince moving to the Peterborough area, Frances has worked as a free-lance coach and horse trainer, has taught at several local riding schools, and was head instructor at Saddlewood Riding Camp for 17 years.From 1996 to 2008 Frances ran her own Training & Boarding business where she started and trained young horses and coached their owners up to First Level Dressage and Pre-Training Level Eventing.

    Frances’ own competitive experience has been geared toward attaining her EC Level 2 Coaching Certification. She has trained 2 off-the-track-TBs up to Training Level Eventing, and has competed in Dressage on a variety of horses, up to Medium/Second Level.

    Frances is EAGALA certified and is attending another certification program in February 2018 for Equine Assisted Learning for Psycotherapy.


What types of activities do you offer?

  • A typical session involves participating in an activity with horses to re-create life situations and to allow the client to practice different strategies and behaviours.
  • Individual sessions more geared towards personal issues and personal development
  • Group sessions engage clients in team building activities, and those that focus on communication, leadership and decision-making styles.
  •  Generally sessions are 1 hr for individual, 1.5 – 2 hrs for group, depending on size.

How do I book?

  • If you have any questions please call 416-571-5914 or email phhschedule@gmail.com to set up an EAL session.
  • Pricing:
    • $75/session for individual sessions+HST
    • $100/session for groups of 2-10 people+HST
    • $150/session for groups of 11-16 people+HST
  • Currently EAL is available for booking on Monday am, Tuesday and Thursday pm, all day Friday.