Oak Hill offers three components of Equine learning: 1) Therapeutic Horsemanship; 2) Equine Assisted Learning; and 3) Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
1. Therapeutic Horsemanship
This component is focused on teaching horsemanship skills: including riding and caring for horses. These activities are planned and purposeful by teaching the following life skills: Problem solving; Self Efficacy; Social Communication; Non verbal communication ; and interpreting body language.
2. Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)
Equine Assisted Learning uses horses for experiential growth and learning. The participants work with the horses strictly on the ground to address learning goals. EAL offers participants the ability to build on and learn: Trust; Responsibility; Respect; Gratitude; Empathy: Teamwork; and Problem solving.
3. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
EAP uses horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. The participants work with horses strictly on the ground for mental health treatment. EAP provides participants the ability to build their story using metaphors in relation to their current and past life situations.
Horses mirror human body language allowing participants to learn to understand themselves through how the horse is acting. Providing opportunities for participants to externalize problem situations and engage in discussions and actions that develop new possibilities and opportunities for their future.