Tandivale Equestrian Centre & Pony Club

Providing Comprehensive Equestrian Education Since 1976
Horse Riding & Horsemanship Lessons, School Holiday Programs, Birthday Parties
Ph 0488 244 420  Email:  tandivale@hotmail.com

Customised Equine Learning Programs

Equine Assisted Learning Support Therapy

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Equine Facilitated Learning

Equine Assisted Learning

Equine Therapy

Equine Assisted Therapy

Equine Assisted Learning Support Therapy

What can we learn from horses?

  • How to be a good listener
  • How to play nice with others
  • How to set boundaries and respect the boundaries of others
  • How to overcome fear
  • How to trust
  • How to be a good leader
  • The value of a hard day's work
  • What you are really feeling

The benefit of spending time with horses is well documented and applies to children and adults alike.  The use of horses as part of a therapy program is commonly called Equine Assisted Learning/Therapy or Equine Facilitated Learning.  


Tandivale can customise mounted or unmounted lessons for community and support groups as a once-off or regular booking.  Even if it's not intended to be Therapy in a formal sense, spending time learning about horses is great therapy!

We can work with the following groups to create an interesting and fun experience:  

  • Homeschool families and community groups
  • Facilitators for workplace Team Building activities
  • Mental health support specialists
  • Support workers
  • Social groups
  • Youth workers

Additionally, we can offer private 'general horsemanship' or groundwork lessons that can be booked on a casual basis.  This would suit people (children and adults) who are unable or not interested in riding, but still wish to spend time with horses.  You will learn about the nature of horses, how they think and learn, understand their body language, groom, and generally enjoy the calming experience of spending time with these generous creatures.

Benefits may include:

Being present:

  • Enhanced intuition
  • Improved concentration
  • Recognition & adjustment to emotional changes
  • Grounding & connection

Safety awareness and risk management:

  • Identify safe and unsafe practices and feelings
  • Identification of risks and apply management actions
  • Impulse control
  • Emotional self regulation
  • Identifying and respecting boundaries
  • Responsibility for self and others

Improved self-perception:

  • Increased self-care and confidence
  • Reduced feelings of anxiety, depression and isolation
  • Increased self-esteem, self-acceptance

Development of social skills:

  • Improved communication skills, including non-verbal
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Increased openness
  • Empathy

Physical development:

  • Gross and fine motor skills development

General life skills:

  • Problem solving
  • Assertiveness
  • Decision making
  • Conflict resolution