Equine Assisted Activies

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

During the Equine Assisted Activities, the gentle movement of a supervised ride on a horse develops muscle tone, control, and balance. Horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves their bodies in a manner similar to normal human walking. The relationship a rider develops with a horse builds confidence, self-esteem, motivation, patience and the realization between cause and effect. Finally, the love the rider experiences from the horse, encourages the rider to not only trust the horse but rely on it so they can accomplish the rider’s goals together.

Equine Assisted Learning

Stir-n-Up Hope offers Equine Assisted Learning, or EAL, that promotes the development of like skills for educational, professional and personal goals through horse and human interaction through a facilitated learning experience. These facilitated activities provide opportunities to teach critical life skills such as trust, respect, honesty and communication. Participants gain self-esteem and self-confidence while learning a way to experience humility, compassion and challenge- all critical elements to supporting self-growth and self-awareness.    Call us today to schedule an appointment today to create a program to fit your needs!

Youth Mentor Program

The Junior Development Youth Mentoring Program is a partnership with our local Spencer County Judge, Jon Dart. The Judge offers this program to the juveniles that are new to the court system. The juveniles come out to the barn for 8 weeks. The focus of the Equine Assisted Learning activities are on teaching character and relationship skills. The goal is for the participants to learn these character skills and apply them to all areas of their life with the hopes to help prevent future offenses in Spencer County, IN.

Let’s Think About It

The Let’s Think About It program focuses on building communication, team building and leadership skills through facilitation of Equine Learning activities where the participants work with each other to solve problems or puzzles in ways that increase interaction and communication skills. Activities are designed in such a way that each participant has time to practice logical thinking and leadership skills. 

School Program

Experiential learning creates an environment that engages and supports many different learning styles.  Partnering with the horse, allows a hands on approach to learning and can be especially effective for those students who have difficulty learning in a traditional situation.  The curriculum used, teaches life skills and incorporates the Indiana Academic Standards and the Search Institutes 40 Developmental Assets.  The activities help students learn relationship, leadership, communication and problem solving skills. The horse, as a partner,  helps build self-esteem, social skills, boundaries and awareness.  Stir-n-Up Hope is an extra curricular activity at Heritage Hills Middle School.  Heritage Hills Middle School is a public school in the Northern part of Spencer County Indiana.

Character Building at EPCC

Stir–n-Up Hope has been providing a Character-Building Program at The Evansville Psychiatric Children’s Center for the past several years. This program has provided a multitude of growth experiences for the children and has made a significant impact on the recovery of some of the children. The engagement with horses and focusing on how the horses’ feel based, on their body language coupled with practicing nurturing behavior toward the horses with petting, brushing and more have been a positive, healing experience. It has been helpful to the children to practice listening and the skill of following instructions when they learn to guide the horse with the reins. Once the children learn to ride the horses, the proprioceptive and vestibular input that the children receive assist with sensory integration and calming. Character building concepts such as trust, responsibility, and perseverance are incorporated into this program in a supportive, encouraging manner. The program has involved the children in a healthy activity that has allowed them to make positive connections with the horses and instructor, increased their ability to work together, motivate them and given them something to look forward to each week and improved self-esteem. This program has helped the children move toward what healthy relationships look like and how to properly socialize with others as they transition to leave the facility. The Evansville Psychiatric Children’s Center serves children throughout Southern Indiana.

Equine Specialist in Mental  Health and Learning-ESMHL

Stir-n-Up Hope has an instructor who is a certified  Equine Specialist professional who is able to work with students/individuals with mental health and/or learning issues.  The Equine Specialist can also partner with mental health, counselors, therapist, or educational professionals to help enhance client cooperation and provide a more complete experience.  The ESMHL serves as the equine expert during equine/human interaction.  The mental health or education providers, who would be delivering services within the scope of their profession, would work with the ESMHL in incorporating equines in their practice to meet the goals of their client.  

For more information on any of these programs or to schedule an appointment, please call 812-393-0941.  We look forward to hearing from you!