Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)

Equine Assisted Learning is an educational approach to equine-assisted activities. EAL content is developed and organized by credentialed practitioners with the primary intent to facilitate personal growth and development of life skills through equine interactions. Goals in EAL may include developing work ethic, building self-esteem & confidence, 
understanding non-verbal communication, developing team work and listening skills, and becoming more self-aware. EAL, similar to EAP, uses ground based activities to build on the interactions with the horses. At STARS we offer EAL in the group setting for various organizations and also offer cooperate TEAM BUILDING opportunities.  

STARS works with several organizations to provide EAL in the group setting. If you have a group you would like to have participate in EAL please contact

call the Riding Center 712-239-5042. 


EAP is a participant lead process in which a licensed Mental Health
Professional, working with an appropriately credentialed Equine Specialist, partner with equine to address psychotherapy goals set forth by the mental health professional and the participant. Horses have a unique ability to mimic or mirror the human interaction. They only respond to what is presented to them at that moment. They do not have bias to hair color, clothes, etc. It is this pure/unbiased approach that allows horses to show participant areas needing work without having to sit in an office talking.  EAP is an amazing and unique approach to Counseling. Instead of sitting in an office the arena is the office, the horse your teacher, and the facilitators your guide. At STARS, we facilitate using ground based activities between the participant and horse.

STARS works with several Mental Health counselors to provide EAP. Please call the Riding Center 712-239-5042 to find out more information on EAP. 


Equine Assisted psychotherapy (EAp)

Ph: 712-239-5042 | 33148 K22, SIOUX CITY, IOWA 51108

​​​​​Equine Assisted Services Since 1984