Your questions answered
What is therapeutic equine assistance & Learning?
This is all delivered in a natural, non clinical environment. TEAL is based in a beautiful countryside location in Kent. Being in natural environment’s has been scientifically proven to improve people’s well being. TEAL deliver therapeutic assistance to a wide range of people, such as difficulties with traditional schooling, special educational needs, poor literacy & numeracy skills, learning difficulties, behavioural difficulties, communication and speech, change established behaviour patterns, learn new skills, confidence building, reducing anxiety, fine & Gross motor skills, concentration, relaxation, Increase self confidence, Raise self esteem, Improve communication skills, Seek a different approach in dealing with depression, people in care homes with Huntington’s, dementia and other associated disorders.
All our horse’s are wheelchair trained so we can lead from wheelchairs around the beautiful farm and still be groomed and painted even to those with restricted movement.
Building Confidence, relationship, skills & self esteem
TEAL can help, using our horses and our specialist staff, build confidence, help relationship skills, friendship building, and help build self esteem. Horses are a herd animal, so relationships and friendships are important to them. For example, did you know that via therapeutic equine assisted learning, that horses could calm your heartbeat and match it to theirs? There’s lots to learn, and lots to be achieved in this wonderful and unique environment.
TEAL can help with sensory learning too. The great thing about it is that this can be done in a natural, non clinical environment, with the horses and staff. Sensory learning in this way, is joyful, fun and gives a ‘feel-good’ feeling. For example, many children and adults have enjoyed hand painting the horses. This is helping sensory development, communication skills, bonding, and confidence. There are many different ways TEAL can assist with various sensory needs and learning.
Improving and developing fine and gross motor skills
TEAL offers many opportunities in a variety of ways to help children or adults who would benefit from improvement with fine and gross motor skills. By using our horses, our specially developed premises and various equipment, the techniques we deliver at TEAL are unique, enjoyable, and interesting. There is a variety of way this can be done. Our clients/parents/carers/children are able to choose which activities they like and enjoy, to build on these skills.
We have a lovely, large colourful PECS board to aid communication. A variety of PECS such as feelings, horses, grooming tools, equipment and more is available.
TEAL are here for you. We work within a non clinical, non judgemental environment. We welcome adults and children. This is a time and space for YOU. We offer a FREE meet and greet, so you can come and visit us, and discuss how therapeutic equine assisted learning could benefit you, your family member or friend. See our testimonials here
Each individual has a unique learning plan, with progress tracked and achievement’s recognised! We understand that each step is a huge achievement, children are rewarded with special TEAL certificates and sometimes a rosette!
TEAL currently offers a Level 1 basic stable care and equine management course, and a level 2 Grooms course.
We have had great success with the students that have undertaken the course, many of whom would have left education with no qualifications and now have a pathway to further education or working within the equine industry.
All our students now regularly volunteer at TEAL and one of them is going to complete our Equine facilitators course and become a full time member of TEAL.
Did you know……
TEAL is a non for profit CIC.
We are one of only a few Therapeutic Equine Assisted Learning centres in the UK
We are always looking for funding so we can help as many people as possible who otherwise may not have the opportunity.
We now offer educational courses in equine based study’s and equine facilitator courses.
We are a non clinical environment, we believe this helps children engage and improve in a fun way as opposed to a clinical environment.
No referral needed! Open to everyone – no upper or lower age limit
Fun horse facts! Amaze your friends with your equine knowledge
- Horses can sense your heartbeat from 4.5ft away
- Fastest recorded speed of a horse was 55 MPH
- The horses eye balls are bigger than any other animals
- The average horse produces 2 Tonnes of manure a year
- A new born foal can run with in 2 hours of birth
- Horses Teeth occupy more room in their head than their brain
- 60% of a horses weight is carried on their front leg
- A horses memory is thought to be better than an elephants, so what an Elephant forgets a horse remembers
- The average horse drinks 6-12 gallons of water a day
- Horses use their whiskers to explore and identify things
- Horses breath though their noses
- Its has been clinically documented that being around horses changes human brain wave patterns
- Horses are naturally empathetic, the members of the herd feel what is going on for the other members of the herd
- The Greeks documented the horses therapeutic value in 600BC
- French physician Cassaign concluded in 1875 that equine therapy helped certain neurological disorders
- Horses can feel a fly land on a single hair
- The horses entire body is as sensitive as a humans finger tip
- Horses can react to pressure that is to light for a human to feel
- Research shows that horses have a need for physical contact just as humans do
- without social contact a horses will be stressed
- Sir Winston Churchill once said “there is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man”