Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) sessions at Open T.R.A.I.L. Ranch (OTR) are completely ground based (no riding) and can consist of learning to connect with a horse through grooming, leading, lunging, round pen work, and much more. EAL lessons are conducted by a PATH, Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health Learning.

Our EAL program here at OTR is centered on the concept that by building a working relationship with a horse, any participant can develop important skills that can translate to all aspects of their daily lives. The building of the relationship is the main focus of our program.  This relationship is facilitated by our trained and certified EAL Practitioners, who assist the participant in recognizing the non-verbal communication that horses use every day. 

Horses being herd animals react strongly to the body language and behavior of those around them.  The horse’s reactivity is a direct relation to the inputs they are receiving from the participant, acting almost as a living mirror reflecting the emotions and actions of the participant back on to them. This can lead to self-reflection in the participant, which is important for personal growth.

Occasionally, lessons will consist of some work on the horse as determined by the instructor.

Participants must be at least 6 years old to participate in Equine Assisted Learning.


The benefits to participants from EAL sessions may vary. The introspective nature of the process can lead to increased self-esteem and confidence, more efficient communication, help build stronger relationships, increased empathy, and a better understanding about how their actions affect themselves and others.


EAL can be beneficial to those who meet our eligibility requirements. For more information please contact our center. OTR provides equal opportunities to all who are willing to put in the work to better themselves.  

OTR is always exploring new ways to benefit those in our community. 

Pricing per 1 Hour Session

$60 – 2 or More Participants

$90 – Private

$100 – Initial Evaluation to Determine Eligibility 

Open T.R.A.I.L. does not bill insurance. All Equine Assisted Learning Lessons are Private Pay.

Interested in Equine Assisted Learning?

Fill out our Participant Intake Form to join our waiting list. When a spot open, an OTR staff will contact you.

Kind Words

Amber is a responsible girl that lacked opportunities to shine. Due to her learning disability, anxiety, and social shyness, Amber often gets 'lost in the crowd." But here at Open T.R.A.I.L. Ranch, she is the center of attention, is able to use her strengths of being organized and sensitive to what is happening around her, improving her self esteem and gives her a unique experience to talk about each week. With her ADD she is working on staying mentally focused for longer periods of time. I can not say enough how blessed we are to live this experience together.
Shauna H.