About Stable Relations

What is Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning?

Equine Assisted Growth and Learning offers experiential learning experiences in a fun, unique, and effective environment. Equine Assisted Growth and Learning can be a valuable component for businesses and corporations, individuals, and groups.


Why Horses?

Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Personal Development Programs are experiencing rapid growth around the globe. Why? Two words… STRONG OUTCOMES!

Equine-assisted work often helps people change and grow more effectively and quickly than traditional clinical and psycho-educational approaches. That’s because people typically learn best by doing. Life lessons take deeper root when individuals both understand them in their heads and experience them in their bodies.

A growing body of research shows that horses add a compelling dimension to the learning experience. They serve as powerful living metaphors and stand-ins for the challenges and opportunities that people face everyday. When you have the opportunity to practice new skills with 1500-2000 pound herd animals whose very survival depends on their ability to read and react to their environment, the experience leads to change because the process is real, practical, and sustainable. The experience is immediate and fully felt.

Even the Corporate world is beginning to see the advantages of using this type of learning experience to enhance leadership effectiveness, team-building, strategic planning, and a variety of other business related needs.


Vision

To share the powerful impact that horses provide through unique learning experiences that enhance personal and professional growth, leading to positive and lasting change.


Mission

In pairing with horses, we will provide unique and personal learning experiences that will empower individuals to create positive and lasting change in their personal and professional lives.


The Herd

The Herd

A variety of horses are utilized in our sessions. The horses all have different personalities, and are chosen based on the goals of the activities that will be utilized in the classes/seminars. The horses receive no “specialized training”, however, we do ensure that the horses used in our activities are safe and comfortable being around humans.

Bridget

Bridget McConnell

Bridget McConnell is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in both WI and MN and is a certified Eagala practitioner. Bridget’s professional background is diverse, including experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities, as well as clinical therapy work with individuals of all ages, families, and children, crisis work and hospital social work.

Bridget has been involved in Program Development and Management for a variety of non-profit and for-profit companies. The majority of her experience has been in mid-managerial roles, leading teams in high-stress environments. Bridget also has experience in the provision of trainings to colleagues in a variety of subjects.

Bridget has a great sense of humor and a straightforward communication style. She enjoys reading, walking, animals, fishing, camping, and traveling. She lives in Roberts, WI and owns two horses, two dogs, and three cats.

Shan

Shan Bengtson

Shan Bengtson is a Master Certified Coach Practitioner with a BS degree in Social Work.

Shan brings to her work an insightful, thoughtful, straight-forward, genuine approach, and facilitates remarkable and lasting change in her clients. She loves working with people and is touched and honored by those who are willing to share their lives with her. Her professional and personal mission is to better the world by teaching people to tell the truth, live authentically, and pursue their dreams!

Inspired by her own evolution, and wanting to help others experience strong outcomes, she has furthered her education and added to her credentials as an Equine Guided Facilitator, and is EAGALA Certified. When using horses in her coaching, the primary goal for her clients is the development of self-responsibility, healthy self-image, and appropriate social and relationship skills. Horses help humans find their way back to their true nature as peaceful, relational beings.

Her specialty is working with clients who are divorced or in transition by helping them find their purpose, build authentic relationships, and live life intentionally.