Equine Facilitated Learning
For groups, EFL is an educational approach that facilitates the development of critical life skills. EFL programs have on and offsite options for our partner organizations.Learn More
Therapeutic riding is mounted horseback riding for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of people with disabilities through the teaching of horsemanship skills. There are many wonderful benefits to therapeutic riding:
Improves Coping Skills
Improves Social Skills
Who Can Ride?
Minimum riding age is 4. We are able to work with a wide range of disabilities. Common diagnoses include (but are not limited to):
- Autism, ADD/ADHD
- Reactive Attachment Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy, PTSD
- Ambulatory/orthopedic challenges
- Down Syndrome
Before participating, individuals need to consult with their physician. PATH Intl. riding centers require each prospective rider to present a complete medical history and a signed physician’s statement prior to a therapeutic riding session. We will help you all along the way though.
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Carriage driving offers participants the rewards of interacting with a horse or pony while driving from a carriage – either in the carriage seat or in their own wheelchair. Driving is particularly beneficial for individuals who may not be able to ride due to balance, strength, or weight. A few of the wonderful benefits of carriage driving include:
Improvement with both fine & gross motor skills
Knowledge of horse safety, harnessing and driving skills
Utilizes teamwork and communication skills
Opens up the world of horses to those unable to ride
Who Can Drive?
Minimum driving age is 4 years old. Before participating, individuals need to consult with their physician. PATH Intl. riding centers require each prospective driving student to present a complete medical history and a signed physician’s statement prior to a carriage driving lesson. We will help you all along the way though. If you are interested in driving, just start by clicking the button below.
For groups of 5-20 participants, Stirrup Success is an Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) program. Weekly lessons include unique and engaging activities with horses that teach character development and reinforce life skills such as communication, confidence, emotional identification and regulation, teamwork, trust, respect, responsibility, integrity, and perseverance. Stirrup Success is great for organizations such as:
Mental Health Centers
Summer & After-school Groups
Participants in Stirrup Success range from 4 years old and up. We collaborate with you to establish specific goals that are most important to your group. The primary areas of developmental focus relate to social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth. We also have academic enrichment tracks for those interested in focusing on math and literacy. Finally, we offer both a mobile programming option, as well as on-site at our stable.
Memory Lane is an Equine Facilitated Learning program designed for aging adults. While we typically bring miniature horses to you, partner organizations can also visit Agape. Memory Lane focuses on improving the quality of life for aging adults in the following ways:
Improve cognitive skills
Mobility and strength
Who is Memory Lane for?
Memory Lane is specially designed for aging adults, particularly adults diagnosed with the following:
Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias
Other physical or mental challenges
This program is great for the following types of groups and organizations:
Adult Day Service Centers
Senior Care Facilities
Health and Rehab Facilities
Our leadership and team-building workshops utilize the power of the horse to generate opportunities for significant, tangible change in individual and team performance.
We conduct a goal-setting meeting prior to the visit to establish the primary goals with the group leaders.
Our professional staff is certified to facilitate both the activities sessions with our horses in a safe environment, as well as facilitate evaluation and reflection sessions.
Horses are uniquely attuned to their environment, and to everyone in it. They are continually assessing leadership and communication skills in the people they encounter, and then respond honestly and without hesitation to that information. For this reason, they are invaluable resources in regards to professional development.
- Improve Communication
- Increase trust
- Conflict transformation
- Adapting to change
- Increase Emotional Intelligence
- Understand strengths & personality styles
- Understand roles & team dynamics
- High performance & productivity
Do you want an innovative approach to overcoming team challenges and developing emotionally intelligent team players?
Youth Leadership Workshops
We believe teaching servant leadership is important at all ages.
Using our Unbridled Leadership program as a foundation, we have applied foundations of youth leadership to teach the following principles:
Awareness of Others
Collaboration and Teamwork
Coping and Conflict
For young people between the ages of 13- 21, this is a great workshop for the following types of groups:
Church Youth Groups
Summer Camp Counselors/Youth Leaders
Summer Camps for Teens
School Groups and Classes
Juvenile Detention Centers
We provide open enrollment workshops through the year, but we often schedule groups as well. Like Unbridled Leadership, both half and full-day workshops are available. We can also facilitate Youth Leadership Workshops at your location with the support of two miniature horses.
We invite you to explore our farm with your group! Meet our horses, visit with our chickens, take a hike in the woods, and explore the garden. With more than 13 acres to explore, there is plenty of space to dream and learn.
Is Agape Adventures right for you?
Agape Adventures is a 3 to 4 hour field trip for groups of 5 to 30 students. Youth must be at least 4 years of age. This experience is great for school groups, community centers, churches, youth groups, and summer camp providers.
Optional field trip themes include:
Vocation & Purpose
Mobile Mini Visits
Able to travel to wherever you are by “mini” van, Agape miniature horses, staff and volunteers bring the fun to you. Our Mini Visits are unique experiences adaptable for all ages. A great option for those that cannot travel to Agape, our minis love to visit…