The Horse Inspired Growth
& Learning Center Inc.

Changing lives through the power of the horse

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   About Us                                                                    


Equine Assisted Therapy at Horse Inspired Growth & Learning Center has been a wonderful addition to our therapeutic programming. Our residents are often amazed by what the horses can help them to tap into emotionally that other therapies may not be able to access”.

Melissa Thompson,
Recreation Therapist

Sheppard Pratt Hospital

The Horse Inspired Growth & Learning Center Inc. was established in 2005 by Robin Dunning and Pam Dudek for the purpose of providing an ethical, powerful resource for improving lives. After researching certification programs for equine assisted therapy/learning they chose EAGALA  because of its worldwide support of professionals working in the field.  

Our Staff 

Pam Dudek, LSCW-C, EAP1  
has over 17 years professional experience in counseling, behavior change education and staff development. She has provided services to a wide range of individuals, groups, and organizations. She has presented at local, state, and regional workshops and conferences. Her understanding of psychology as well as human and organizational development, along with her life long interest in horses and their way of relating to humans and their environment, enables her to bring greater depth to her work in helping people and organizations discover who they can be and to build their strengths in order to do so.

Robin Dunning, Equine Specialist, EAP1   has been working with horses for the past 28 years training, instructing, breeding and competing on a local and national level. In addition, she has owned and operated her horse farm for the past 16 years. The importance of selecting horses for this program requires someone that, not only has an in depth understanding of horses but can also observe them in their natural environment which is crucial to the process of selecting horses that are appropriate for the program. During sessions it is her job to observe the horses and how they are interacting with the clients watching for patterns to emerge.  Because the horses will respond in often subtle ways it is her responsibility to identify questions that will aid the client in discovery.

"We are passionate about this work and the power is shows us everyday in changing lives. The horses "live" honesty and require that of others. To be in the company of a horse is to find truth"

Our Horses  live in the present. They are excellent nonverbal communicators. As part of our team, the horses are interactive partners in activities with our clients that elicit natural responses and patterns of behavior from the participants. Their inherent ability to accurately read their environment allows for immediate, honest feedback that allows the  clients to learn in the moment.
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