The goal of LLRC is to create and maintain an atmosphere where clients can come and enjoy interacting with horses in a peaceful, non-threatenting environment. People have long acknowledged the simple joy and pleasure that comes from the recreational aspect of riding horses. In recent years, however, the benefits of involvement in equestrian activities has become widely recognized by a broader population. Physicians, mental health professionals and counselors are finding that activities involving horses can be a very effective form of therapy. Horses are now being used in programs for drug addicts, prisoners, and troubled youth, with very high success rates. In addition, therapeutic horsemanship is being used successfully to help people with learning disabilities and various mental health problems. Therapeutic horsemanship refers primarily to the positive mental and emotional benefits that can be derived from interaction with horses; such as building self confidence, self esteem, self awareness, and a sense of empowerment. Riders often develop a bond with the horse that alleviates feelings of loneliness, depression and isolation. Participants overcome vulnerability as they seek to build relationships with their equine partners; big and strong, yet completely non-judgmental and without condemnation. Having achieved success in partnering with a horse often develops the skills needed to cultivate more meaningful human relationships.
Locust Lane Riding Center specializes in Therapeutic Horsemanship through the offering of Equine Assisted Learning programs following the EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) Model. Both EAL and EAP are unmounted learning experiences.