Seav­iew Equine Learn­ing Facil­ity (S*E*L*F*), a 501 c (3)  Non-Profit Corporation, offers unmounted  and mounted equine learn­ing and ther­apy pro­grams.  We are located in south­ern New Jer­sey just min­utes from the beach.
Our goal is to cre­ate and main­tain an envi­ron­ment in which learn­ing, edu­ca­tion and ther­apy can thrive. Through our pro­grams, we hope clients can find the right answers for them­selves. All ses­sions are pri­vate and confidential.

The State of New Jer­sey Depart­ment of Human Ser­vices Divi­sion of Devel­op­men­tal Dis­abil­i­ties (DDD) has approved S*E*L*F as a ser­vice provider.

S*E*L*F Pro­grams:

Equine Assisted Learning

Equine Assisted Therapy

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Alter­na­tive Edu­ca­tion Programs

Work­place Communication/Team Building

 

Our unmounted pro­grams are known in the indus­try as Equine Assisted Psy­chother­apy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learn­ing (EAL) uti­liz­ing the assis­tance of horses.

Because horses mir­ror the actions and reac­tions of human response, this ther­apy may pro­vide tan­gi­ble results! Equine Assisted Learn­ing is not rid­ing or horse­man­ship but it is expe­ri­en­tial in nature.  Non-verbal com­mu­ni­ca­tion, assertive­ness, cre­ative think­ing, prob­lem solv­ing, lead­er­ship, tak­ing respon­si­bil­ity and self-esteem are a few of the skills our clients can iden­tify, develop and strengthen.

Why Horses for Therapy

Many who are unre­spon­sive to tra­di­tional ther­apy have found horses to be ben­e­fi­cial when deal­ing with a mul­ti­tude of issues. Horses offer sev­eral advan­tages: they are clear on their bound­aries, they have no hid­den agen­das, and much like us, they are social crea­tures with dis­tinct per­son­al­i­ties, atti­tudes and moods, plus they expe­ri­ence a large vari­ety of emo­tions. They are also intu­itive and have a defined role within their herd. Because of these sim­i­lar­i­ties, horses can demon­strate and teach self-awareness, hon­est com­mu­ni­ca­tion, trust, lead­er­ship, assertive­ness and affec­tion to name a few. Most impor­tantly, horses mir­ror human feel­ings and they give us imme­di­ate feed back through non-verbal cues. The client can use these cues to bet­ter under­stand them­selves, which may help facil­i­tate change, learn­ing, for­give­ness and growth!

The Equine Facilities

Our facil­i­ties are in pri­vate nat­ural set­tings — both mounted and unmounted ses­sions are closed to the pub­lic. This is opti­mal for com­plete pri­vacy and con­fi­dence. One facil­ity, Hid­den Val­ley Farm, home of the Cape May Eques­trian Asso­ci­a­tion, offers a large enclosed ring.  This area com­pletely closes up allow­ing us to con­duct ses­sions year round and in inclement weather. The farm is located at 4070 Bayshore Road in Cape May, New Jer­sey.
Star Hol­low Sta­bles on Route 83 in Cler­mont, New Jer­sey is our pri­mary facil­ity.  Star Hol­low offers a num­ber of pad­docks that can be used by both indi­vid­u­als and groups.  Group ses­sions may be cus­tomized to meet the indi­vid­ual needs of an organization.

E.A.G.A.L.A.

We prac­tice The Equine Assisted Growth and Learn­ing Asso­ci­a­tion (EAGALA) model at our facil­i­ties for our unmounted ses­sions. EAGALA is ded­i­cated to improv­ing the men­tal health of individuals, families, and groups around the world by set­ting the stan­dard of excel­lence in Equine Assisted Psy­chother­apy and Equine Assisted Learn­ing, also known as “horse ther­apy”. To learn more about this inter­na­tion­ally known orga­ni­za­tion and their teach­ings visit EAGALA.org