Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is an effective way for humans to experience growth and development by participating in objectively driven exercises with a horse and facilitator. It encourages not only confidence but individual and team growth. All of the exercises are done on the ground. This is not horsemanship or therapeutic riding. Participants who have little or no knowledge of horses do very well in this program. You will be taught basic safety before making contact with a program horse. The program horse will then take you on personal journey of self discovery.
Tanya “T” Rae Ballensky, CFSP
Certified in Grief Recovery and Equine Assisted Learning
Tanya “T” Ballensky started her career in funeral service in 2000 as an embalmer in Denver, Colorado while attending mortuary school. She became Licensed in the state of Montana in 2002 after completing her internship with Bullis Mortuary in Hardin and Miles City. In 2008 Tanya purchased Cremation & Funeral Gallery where she had been employed since 2004 and in 2014 she opened Heights Family Funeral Home. In 2016 Tanya received her career designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitoner. The achievement signifies her commitment to raise and improve the professional standards of funeral service practice and pursue lifelong learning.
In 2013 Tanya became certified in grief and bereavement services and in 2016 she became certified as an Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator.
Tanya enjoys helping families and getting involved in community events. She is very passionate about helping others improve their quality of life. She loves being able to share her horses with the community by taking them to visit nursing homes and assisted living homes.
One of the joys of working with horses is that they constantly assess but they do not judge. Their feedback is honest and instant. They constantly model assertiveness and teach us. Nature provides them with instincts that are very astute. They help instill empathy and kindness in the participants while changing the perspective on social interaction, leadership, communication, teamwork and empathy skills.