Equine Assisted Learning

By their intuitive nature and innate sensitivity horses offer a connection with the participants unlike any other.  The human and horse partnership provides an amazing relationship that builds trust, confidence, cooperation, & communication. Our Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) program builds confidence, self esteem and teamwork as Particiapants learn skills in a group setting with a horse as the teacher that parallel in life.  

What about a thousand pound teacher…

Oh Yeah……A HORSE!

Interactivity of Mind

Body and Spirit

Lesson Structure

Each of our exercises are designed to maximize learning potential and focus on developing individual skills as they work through fun interactive group challenges. Teams of two with a horse work to develop relationships, problem solve, and overcome barriers while encouraged to be creative and think outside the box.

Derek Donald

EAL Facilitator

Derek has 25 years experience as a General Manager, Administrator, Coach and Teacher in youth, junior, college and professional hockey and brings that experience in working with people to Horses Changing Lives- An Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) program.  He has a lifetime in working with horses beginning at an early age with family in Chuckwagon Racing.  His daughter Megan has competed in many riding disciplines and is the 2015 Extreme Cowboy Association World Championships Reserve Champion in Youth and Non-Pro.  She is currently riding for the Oklahoma State University Equestrian Team.  His son William was drafted in 2017 is playing hockey for the Springfield Blues of the North American Hockey League.

Wendy Donald

Spirit Winds Stepping Stones Coordinator

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Our Classroom


One of the many benefits of working with horses vs a classroom setting is the component of interactivity.    Since we all learn differently, interactive learning enables everyone to learn lessons and skills through our experiences.  The healing power of horses is the relationships that we build with them. Through Equine Assisted Learning we engage the body, mind and  spirit by providing fun, innovative and immediate results-orientated programs with specific objectives.

Our Mission

To provide affordable programs for youth and adults at risk suffering the effects of bullying, trauma, & loss and to work with groups. organizations and businesses on effective and proven team building skills.

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15 minutes south of Calgary