"Connection" LIFE SKILLS

Our Partnership Teachers are 1,200 to 1,400 pounds

EAL Equine "Horse" Assisted Learning. Where the horse is part of your team.

  Connection is  

Unforgettable Learning! Preparing People To Take On The Challenges That Life Throws At Them.  There is no pushing around these teachers.  Our participants will have to step up because if a horse doesn’t have a  leader, they will become the leader.

What Can A Horse Teach us 

that a Human Can't?  

  • Horses consistently model assertiveness and teach us how.
  • Horses can't lie or overthink a participants motive.
  • Horses feedback is honest and instant.
  • Nature provides them with instincts and senses that are very astute.
  • Help to instill empathy and kindness in the participants.
  • Horses have natural "herd behaviors" that require trust, respect, and teamwork from all members of the team.
  • Horses automatically respond to stimulus.
  • Confusion and frustration in a participant bring awareness to the horse that there may be a danger.
  • Horses lead through confident actions - not brute force.

Horses have distinct personalities, and through this, they all have different methods of teaching.

Why Horses

Why are horses used in horse assisted learning and to help us connect with self and others.

They are a prey animal. 

Their senses are highly in tune with their surroundings. They can hear and feel our heartbeat from twelve feet away, and they will react the slightest changes within a team - allowing facilitators to find those “teachable moments.” 


By their intuitive nature and innate sensitivity, horses can provide facilitators with a window into the participant's personality. As a prey animal, they are sensitive to the stimulus of each participant. They react to the stimulus through body language, and participants must adjust their feelings and behavior to work successfully with the horses. 

How Do Life Skills Apply to People?

What do you learn while working with horses. Objectives of Leadership and Life Skills Programs.

Herds to horses are just like teams to people. Horses require a leader that they trust and respect in their herd, just like we need in life. Thus giving us the ability to parallel the responses of the horse when subjected to stimuli back to what happens in real life, so the learning sticks! 


The more senses that are engaged, the higher the likelihood that new learning sticks. The more we involve learners, the more senses are engaged, thereby increasing the probability that they will learn, retain, and apply what they have learned.

Each of our exercises is custom designed to maximize learning potential and focus on developing individual skills as they work through each fun interactive group challenge. The objectives in the LIFE SKILLS Connection Program facilitate the building of new skills in the following areas, relationship building, responsibility, accountability, overcome barriers, creativity, innovation, teamwork, communication, trust, respect, and integrity. 

All while they are having fun!

Meet Our Associate/Teachers


Kota is a horse at Osborne Stables Equine Rescue. Inc. He is now an EAL Horse.

Belgian Warmblood: Age 22 

Kota from being a Hunter Jumper with a tendon injury when he came to Osborne Stables Equine Rescue. Treated in 2007 for EPM

He loves his job as an EAL Horse. Helping people make him happy.


Traveler is a horse at Osborne Stables Equine Rescue, Inc. He is an EAL Horse.

Quarter Horse: Age 19

Former Cutting and Team Penning Horse

Previous Founder and shoulder issues from his previous job. 

He loves everyone.


Tess was unwanted when she came to Osborne Stables Equine Rescue, Inc. Now she is an EAL Horse.

Crop out Appaloosa: Age 19

Loves to eat and take the lead. She came in with sore hooves from to much rich field grass and had a neck injury.  Tess has a previous show history. She teaches what it takes to be a leader. 


Chester was violent misunderstood. He is now the best horse. EAL is his calling.

Andalusian and Foundational Quarter Horse Cross: Age 23

Believe it or not, Chester was the most violent horse we ever had come into the Rescue. He had been severely abused and did not trust humans at all.

Time and the right care makes all the difference. He loves Kids and is the sweetest boy. He was a true test of Emotional Control and Patients. Time and understanding can heal.

Claudette Osborne Certified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator

Claudette Osborne Certified EAL Facilitator (Horse Assisted Learning Coach). President of OSER, Inc.

President of Osborne Stables Equine Rescue, Inc. Horses have been a big part of my life. Helping horses recover from abuse and neglect is a mission. How horses can change lives is nothing but amazing. Helping people through hard times has been possible 

through the horses.

We are Certified Leadership and  Life Skills Development Facilitators (Horse Assisted Learning). We are not licensed, professional counselors.

Renee Pena Certified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator

Renee Pena Certified EAL Facilitator (Horse Assisted Learning Coach)

Twelve year volunteer at Osborne Stables Equine Rescue. Wife, mother, artist and Leadership and Life Skills Development Facilitator. In my heart helping people through the horses is where we can make

 lasting change in individuals lives.

Luke aka Lukie Bear has always been my favorite horse. He helps with being a teacher when he can.


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