Rain or Shine.

We love our clients and our horses!  Through all kinds of weather our clients still participate and our horses still do what horses do. We had a quite a bit of rain off and on all day today which made for a soggy and muddy day.  But what troopers our clients and horses are.  Even in the rain we had a great day with lots of learning, exploration and insight.  What a lesson to us all, rain or shine, life goes on.





Paying it Forward

Did you know that the proceeds from all of our Horsemanship workshops and lessons go toward helping people through our equine assisted psychotherapy and learning?  So when you attend one of our horsemanship workshops, lectures or lessons, not only do you get the benefit of gaining knowledge, learning new skills and improving your relationship with your horse, but you are also helping others.


Your support enables us to provide EAP and EAL services to those who would otherwise not be able to participate due to financial constraints and other reasons.  We have exciting goals for the future at Crossroads, with plans for a larger arena so we can serve groups, a community garden, and additional EAP and EAL services for a variety of under served populations in Kern County.  Thank you for your support and for helping us at Crossroads to Pay it Forward!

Spring calendar of horsemanship workshops is posted!

Spring is just around the corner with warmer temperatures and longer days and we are excited to announce our line-up of horsemanship workshops for the coming months.   Check out our Schedule of Events page for more information or to register for a class.


There is something for everyone, whether you are new to horses, an experienced equestrian or someone who is contemplating getting a horse.  These courses are led by our Equine Specialists, who are formally trained in horsemanship, horse psychology and behavior and are EAGALA certified professionals.

Here is the flyer for our upcoming  “Help!” for the New Horse Owner series.


Seasons Greetings From Crossroads Equine Assisted Learning

Season’s Greetings from all of us at Crossroads Equine Assisted Learning.


We would like to thank you all for your support and enthusiasm through our first year!  We are so excited about the future of Crossroads Equine Assisted Learning.  We look forward to a new year filled with helping people and horses in their journey through life.  We have some exciting new workshops scheduled for 2015 that we will be offering regularly to help people develop their relationship with their horse or to learn more about horses in general.  We are also adding Equine Assisted Personal Development group workshops and Equine Assisted Business Development group workshops in 2015.   And as always, we continue to offer private Equine Assisted Learning and Psychotherapy.  What a great way to start the new year!

Special Announcement!

Crossroads Equine Assisted Learning is very pleased to welcome Terry Thayer to our team.


Terry Thayer is a MS, LMFT specializing in individual, couples and family therapy with children, adolescents and adults, and maintains a private practice in Bakersfield, California.  Terry has life-long experience with horses and grew up owning, riding and showing horses.  Joining Crossroads has given Terry an opportunity to bring her love of horses and helping people together in the form of equine assisted psychotherapy.

Terry is an experienced therapist who works with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression to parenting support,  and child, adolescent, adult and couples counseling.   Using  Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Terry specializes in helping people with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Work & Career Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Children and Adolescent Issues
  • Couples
  • Parenting
  • ADHD
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Oppositional Defiance

Terry offers a highly personalized approach tailored to each of our client’s individual needs to help attain the personal growth they’re striving for.  You can read more about Terry on our “Human Staff” page.  Or you can visit Terry’s website at http://www.terrythayer.com.

Welcome to Crossroads Terry!


Obstacle Confidence Workshop, November 1, 2014

Do you want to have fun with your horse at arena trail challenges, trail trials or maneuvering obstacles out on the trail?  Or maybe you want to help your horse to be braver around new things at the stable or horse show? Then register for our upcoming Obstacle Confidence workshop.   We will teach you how horses perceive their environment, show you techniques to help your horse become more confident and show you how to encourage his curiosity.  You will develop your leadership skills, enhancing the trust your horse has in you and improve the partnership you have with your horse.

This is the basic course and all activity is conducted on the ground, with no riding involved.  We will have a ridden obstacle confidence workshop in the future.  But we highly recommend you attend the ground skills workshop first.   Ground skills are the foundation for which all riding is based.  A good foundation on the ground will enhance your partnership with your horse while in the saddle.

Come join us on Saturday, November 1st for this fun and informative workshop.   See our Schedule of Events page for more information or to register for this fun and helpful workshop.

Class size is limited so register now.



Don’t Miss Out!

We really enjoy sharing what we do with others.  We have another open house and demonstration scheduled for Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 3:00-5:00.  Please join us if you can.  The weather is cooler, there will be homemade cookies and we will have an interesting discussion and demonstration of what equine assisted psychotherapy and learning is all about.


At our most recent demonstration we presented another group of horses with a mellow energy.  They inspired confidence and self awareness.  A couple of our volunteer participants had the opportunity to commune with them and conduct an activity about boundaries.  Some powerful metaphors came into light for some of us.

We are looking forward to sharing these empowering moments with more people.  Send us an e-mail to RSVP and for directions to our next demonstration at crossroadseal@yahoo.com.