Equine Facilitated Learning

Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for educational, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities.

In Summer 2016 we launched our first EFL pilot program by partnering with Boys and Girls Aid. During this 4 week curriculum, we served over 15 youth who were between the ages of 16 and 18 and in the foster system. Our focus for this 4 week curriculum was communication and group dynamics.

The group worked together to complete different tasks involving the horses. At the end of the 4 weeks, the group had gained skills around communication styles, body language, working with a horse individually as well as working as a group to complete tasks.

“This has been a once in lifetime experience for most of our youth.”
– Molly Regan, the program coordinator for Boys and Girls Aid

Benefits of EFL

  • Promotes confidence and expertise needed to excel in a workplace environment.
  • Increases creative thinking and critical thinking
  • Helps decision-making and problem-solving
  • Improves communication and interpersonal skills
  • Develops self-awareness and empathy
  • Gain skills for coping with emotions and high stress situations

Learn More And Register

To learn more about EFL send us an email at efl@forwardstride.org.
If you are interested in participating in EFL, please fill out the form below.