Socio-Emotional Classes

Horses are sentient beings with feelings, thoughts, emotions, memories, and empathetic abilities. Horses can be active facilitators, evoking emotions in those who work with and around them. Socio-emotional classes give riders the opportunity to enhance self awareness and re-pattern maladaptive behaviors, feelings and attitudes by working with the horses. By developing riding skills  and using the intrinsic binds that horses create, this type of class aims to increase self-esteem, develop patterns of responsible behavior and create productive relations between the rider and other people.

Riding Requirements

Independent sitting, balance, reasonable age-appropriate behavior, ambulation with or without assistance.

Benefits Include

Development of riding skills, increased fitness, coordination, balance, focus, problem solving skills, increased ability to set goals, and an increased sense of accomplishment as independence is acquired.


  • Increase self-esteem and self awareness
  • Devloping trust in a safe environment
  • Encourage appropriate social interactions
  • Provide social skills training
  • Increase direction/request following
  • Encourage sensory stimulation and integrating
  • Develop choice-making and goal-setting skills
  • Increase attention span
  • Encourage responsibility
  • Promote pro-social attitudes through care-giving experiences

Please check carefully and include the following with your registration: (Registration is on a first come first served basis only).

  • Participants Application
  • Liability Release
  • MANE Physicians Statement
  • Check (made payable to MANE) for $300
  • Mane will not turn down riders due to financial difficulty.  Riders can apply for scholarships if needed.