From the Ground Up (an EAL Partnership)

Program Structure

Saddle Up’s From the Ground Up program is an experiential learning approach that centers around building a working relationship with a horse. The learning activities will concentrate on problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, creativity, communication, teamwork and confidence building. Using the barn and farm as a hands on dynamic learning environment.  For mounted horsemanship skills, please see our Adaptive Riding program. The group is led by a PATH International Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning and supported by educators and volunteers as needed. The program time can be adjusted to meet the needs of the group. From the Ground Up may also work with groups off site depending on availability of staff, horses, and volunteers.

Tom and Bishop

Progress & Goals

From the Ground Up is designed to meet each group’s specific needs. The goals are set following a discussion with the group leader prior to the beginning of the program. The program is able to address executive functioning, social/emotional skills, communication, problem solving, and teamwork goals. Goals will be reviewed at the end of the program length and communicated with the leader of the group.


Participants need to be willing to interact with the horse from the ground in safe manner. Groups will be scheduled based on their availability and with Saddle Up!’s current programming schedule.


From the Ground Up cost is dependent on the size of the group, duration of programming time, and staffing needs. There are additional fees for off-site groups in order to support additional staff time and travel expenses. Saddle Up! is able to assist with information for grant submission for funding, when needed. 

How do I get my child involved?

For more information or to get your group involved, contact us at (615) 794-1150 x240 and ask for the Program Operations Director, Lindsey Wood.

Saddle Up!

1549 Old Hillsboro Road
Franklin, TN 37069-9136

Program Hours

Monday – Thursday 9am – 7pm
Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 8am – 4pm