Equine Assisted Learning Program

Program Structure

Saddle Up’s EAL program partners with the school or group to schedule students to participate in a 2-hour class which includes hands on interaction with the horses. This program focuses on unmounted horsemanship skills. The participants interact with each other and the horse to learn and practice activities that teach teamwork, leadership, self-confidence, respect, and other social and life skills. For mounted horsemanship skills, please see our Adaptive Riding program. The class is led by a PATH International Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning and supported by educators and volunteers as needed. The class time can be adjusted to meet the needs of the school or group.


Progress & Goals

Saddle Up! develops goals in conjunction with the participating school and/or group. Saddle Up! works with the school and/or group to do a pre and post-assessment based on the goals that are being addressed. Rather than focusing on individual needs, the focus is on concepts and principles related to academics, life skills, and social skills.


Participants must be between the age of 4 and 19 years old and have a documented disability. Participants need to be willing to interact with the horses and fellow classmates. Participants are scheduled for EAL as a group.


Saddle Up! Equine Assisted Learning classes are $75 per participant for a 2 hour program.


How do I get involved?

If you would like to get your school, classroom, or group involved as a participant in our Equine Assisted Learning program, please contact our Program Department. If you would like to be involved in Equine Assisted Learning as a volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Services Director.

Contact Us

Saddle Up!
1549 Old Hillsboro Road
Franklin, TN 37069-9136
FAX: 615-794-7973

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Program Hours

Monday - Thursday 9am - 7pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 8am - 4pm
Please contact us during these hours for assistance. We are closed Sundays & major holidays, except for special events.

If you have questions or would like more information about our program, please don't hesitate to contact us.

About Us

Saddle Up! is the region’s oldest and largest recreational therapeutic riding program, and it is the only one exclusively serving children and youth with disabilities.

Saddle Up!’s mission is to provide children and youth with disabilities the opportunity to grow and develop through therapeutic, educational and recreational activities with horses.

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