Based on research conducted at Stanford University and UC Davis, our programs focus on the relationships between people and horses. The human-horse connection is especially powerful as the nonverbal responses and behaviors of horses often act as a mirror to their human counterparts.
“Horses remind me of the value of caring deeply and unconditionally for another.”Connected Horse Participant
The Connected Horse workshops provide opportunities for engagement together and enrich the lives of participants. Trained facilitators guide on-the-ground interactions between horses and participants, who report a greater sense of awareness, confidence, and social connection. These invaluable workshops are offered for free to all people affected by memory changes and dementia.
“This training helped me understand the value ofLynn Oehner, RN
being present and allowing the process to unfold.
I’m grateful for the horses, they were my teachers.”
The organization brings the therapeutic power of equine connection to an increasing number of people nationally by offering an in-depth training program to individuals who want to facilitate their own workshops. The training includes onsite and virtual training, 16 hours of PATH CEU’s, supportive educational resources, evaluation tools, and recertification. Three levels of training—Facilitator, Lead Facilitator, and Master Trainer—build upon one another, to ultimately guide you to establish a Connected Horse program at an approved barn near you.
Become a certified Connected Horse workshop facility. The Barn Partner Program combines our Facilitator Training Academy with additional barn support, evaluation tools, fund development and outreach to support you as you establish, operate and market your program.
As part of our Barn Connection program for home-bound outreach, the Connected Horse sensory engagement kits are ideal for anyone affected by memory changes or dementia and their care partners. The kits are provided to create a virtual ‘day at the barn.’
Each sensory engagement kit provides an enjoyable complete sensory experience to share together and encourage the feeling of being present in the moment and a fun relaxation experience.