Researchers believe that 90% of emotional communication is non-verbal (Gibbs, 1995). Monty Roberts (1997), and many others in the equestrian industry, recognize the power of using horses as a communication tool for humans. The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) is an organization whose mission is to promote and support equine-facilitated activities, including communication, self-awareness and self-esteem. A learning organization incorporates the elements of a shared vision, personal mastery, systems thinking, mental models, and team learning. This study found that there are NARHA members that possess a learning organization philosophy and therefore could possibly be interested in creating an equestrian learning center in Frankenmuth, MI. Sixty-seven percent of the learning organization questions were answered affirmatively with either strongly agree or agree; almost half of those were in the strongly agree category. Additionally, because a lack of self-esteem and self-awareness directly relate to the vulnerability of young people, the literature review of this study explores youth as a potential target market for programs offered by an equestrian learning center.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Equestrian centers; Organizational learning
Department, Program, or Center
School of Food, Hotel and Tourism Management (CAST)
Jacobs, James Jr
Weber, Tracy, "Researching potential partners for an equestrian learning center in Frankenmuth, MI" (1999). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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