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Equine Assisted Experiential Learning

On The Bit LLC

On The Bit LLC​

Equine Solutions

New location for 2021 Beautiful Parsonfield Maine

Learn How Horses Can Help You Overcome Mental Health Issues

Through our group or private sessions.

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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

- Benjamin Franklin

Discover How Equine-Assisted Therapy Can Help You

The participants attending our daily or summer programs here at On The Bit LLC personally connect with the horses. There is no riding needed; participants can remain on the ground during all activities.

This interaction will provide the individual with a sense of themselves and how they project themselves to others. Using the experience and the horse’s response, we compile open-ended questions related to the activity for debriefing throughout the sessions.

These questions, along with insightful answers will lead to an awareness (AH-HA) of what will need to change for a positive outcome and sense of accomplishment.

Let the horses show you how to enjoy life just by playing games with them. You’ll learn:

  • How To Connect With Yourself
  • How Horses Reflect Your “True Self”
  • How To Be Self-Confident
  • How To Overcome Self-Doubt
  • How To Overcome Your Fears
  • How To Communicate What You Need
  • How To Enforce Your Boundaries
  • How Important Your Energy and Intention Are
  • Self-Care
  • Where To Go From Here

When you join us to discover yourself with horses, you'll get:

  • Up close and personal interaction with horses. You won’t be a “passenger” riding them. You’ll be face-to-face and connecting with these wise creatures on the ground.
  • Fun, thoughtful, exciting, and sometimes challenging games and activities with the horses and your fellow workshop participants.
  • Expert facilitation of your learning by specially trained, certified equine experiential education specialists.
  • A chance to connect with others who want to know themselves better.
  • A self-discovery adventure unlike anything else you’ve ever experienced.
  • An experience you’ll continue to think about long after it is over.

1. Horses have the power to influence people in powerful ways. They are amazing animals that can reflect exactly what our body language is telling them. Through activities with a horse that promotes this reflection, participants will gain insight about themselves and how they interact to accomplish goals.

2. The horse's role is as co-facilitator by leveraging their nature and ability to reflect what people are communicating. Horses should be leveraged for their gifts and not used merely as objects, tools, or piece of equipment.

3. The experience is not riding or about horsemanship skills. In fact, the experience usually takes place on the ground utilizing structured activities involving horses. Therefore, no horse experience is necessary for program participants.

4. Goal-oriented activities are used to focus on sensory, behavioral, and communication skills. The horse serves as an energetic and metaphoric reflection of what is working and not for the participants. The horse will communicate this through its unbiased feedback on whether participants (individually or collectively) are being congruent, assertive, focused, and communicating with clarity. Utilizing activities where the horses have the maximum opportunity to reflect participant behavior and the more basic, simplistic activities allow this to flow more easily than highly complex, intricate movements.

5. There's no right or wrong - no judgment. The experience is about participants accomplishing goals in their own way. Participants should not be judged on how they do things. Instead, the focus is on examining what the horse is communicating, what is working for the participants, and what isn’t working. Debriefing from this perspective leads to the most powerful learning experiences.

6. Focus on the process. As facilitators, 1) get out of the way and let the horses engage their natural abilities to reflect behavior and 2) follow the experiential learning process of debriefing to maximize what can be learned during the experience.

7. The EAL Facilitation Team comprises individuals who collectively have professional facilitation experience and knowledge of horses.

8. “The only source of knowledge is experience.”

- Albert Einstein

Governor Sununu RFW Initiative

There are 60,000 Granite Staters in recovery from addiction. People in recovery are employees and customers.

Recovery Friendly Workplaces (RFWs) support their communities by recognizing recovery from substance use disorder as a strength and by being willing to work

intentionally with people in recovery. RFWs encourage a healthy and safe environment where employers, employees, and communities can collaborate to create positive change and eliminate barriers for those impacted by addiction.

  • Foster a safe and recovery-friendly workplace
  • Engage their employees in addiction and behavioral health education and prevention
  • Retain healthy and productive employees
  • Promote prevention and recovery in their local communities

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