Equine Assisted Learning

ThorpeWood is graced with a herd of Icelandic horses that can help your organization in a very special way. Selected nonprofit groups can partner with ThorpeWood’s horses to experience Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) programs.

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is an experiential learning approach that uses horses not as tools, but as active participants that help facilitate the learning experience for the human participants. By examining equine behavior, and how the horses may or may not react to us, we can better understand what may be more effective in our own human relationships. EAL combines human and equine training and relationship principles.

Who can benefit from EAL? Those organizations seeking creative ways to facilitate leadership training, team building, or communications training and enhancement. Groups looking to improve member’s self-esteem and confidence—the lessons to be learned from working with horses can be of benefit to so many.

ThorpeWood’s farm, known as Stoney Lick Farm, has a herd of eight Icelandic horses waiting to be partners in your equine assisted learning journey. Call us today!


As for the horses… I was really taken by the sense of teamwork and camaraderie their exercises brought out in the staff. The horses were just fabulous. By far the most enjoyable retreat I’ve experienced.

Matt George, Stewardship Manager

It was a beautiful day! The lodge is gorgeous. I could tell nothing was left to chance, but it was still very warm and welcoming, and relaxing. Working with the horses was deeply moving – it was the first time in a long time that I felt really off the grid – just focused on the experience at hand. (Purposefully left my phone in the car.) The horses are amazing creatures and I loved watching their lively welcome dance and group dynamics. For me personally, I value the instincts I have about group dynamics and non-verbal communication, and working with the horses helped confirmed these universal truths, and that they apply to animals as well as humans. It was a very enlightening and enjoyable experience!

Amanda Murray, Development Associate

The communication/team building exercise with the horses was great! We learned that there is nothing that 4 ambitious people and a plastic tarp can’t accomplish if they are all working together.

Christopher David Lee, Membership and Donations Associate

Equine Assisted Learning