RI Blogger recently visited Equi Evolution, a learning and wellness facility tucked away on a private horse farm in beautiful Cumberland, RI. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by Founder & Director, Samantha “Sam” Thorpe and EFL Practitioner, Lia Catanzaro. Instantly you feel the passion from Sam and Lia, this is not just an occupation, it’s a lifestyle, it’s doing something that matters.
Touring the quaint and tranquil horse farm that opened in Rhode Island in February of this year was truly special. The farm residents consisting of four majestic horses and the adorable mini donkey were more than gracious and gentle during our meet and greet. It was apparent from the onset, there is a sense of love and trust between the staff and the horses that reside on the farm. Make no mistake, this is not a traditional horse farm, there is no mounting or riding. It is all about interaction and trust from both parties. Even the corralled barns have no doors, the horses select indoor or outdoor, rest or play time.
Equine-Facilitated Learning (EFL) is a therapeutic, experiential learning program that facilitates meaningful interactions with horses to improve mental health and wellness. The therapy provides tools to navigate life in a joyful way.
Participants work directly with the farm’s horses, learning effective skills to achieve mindfulness and improve self-esteem, communication, and relationship development. The core principles of the Equi Evolution program come from a variety of internationally recognized equine learning programs.
As Sam Thorpe pointed out, “every client is unique, there are many aspects to the customized services that we can provide”. For this reason, Equi Evolution offers a no obligation on-farm consultation to determine how they can help, and if its right for you.
Sam Thorpe / Founder & Director
Lia Catanzaro / EFL Practitioner