Equine Assisted Learning
A Therapeutic Approach
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is an innovative approach to traditional therapy. Using 3 to 4 horses, participants engage in various activities. Horses are herd animals, with every member of the group being important. Natural herd behavior in horses manifests positive mental and physical health. Interacting and observing these animals, results in an opportunity to learn from oneself. With the use of semi-structured tasks, EAL encourages metaphorical learning and empowers human development. Horses provide instant feedback to interactions and behavior, creating moments of understanding and learning.
Like horses, humans interact in groups. Whether you are referring to a family unit, a group of co-workers or friends, each group has a unique way of communicating and interacting. Horses are excellent readers of emotion, creating a mirror for us to see the outcomes of our actions. There are many benefits and uses for EAL. The foundation of this practice sets the stage for personal growth and learning.
We offer EAL in the form of therapy for individuals, couples and families or as a team building exercise.
What are the benefits of EAL?
- Improved Self-confidence
- Communication Skills
- Transitioning from a Work Environment to Home
- Team work
- Improved Assertiveness
- Understand Boundaries
- Leadership Skills
- Resource Utilization
- Sense of Purpose
- Coping Strategies
Who can benefit from these programs?
- Families/couples experiencing relationship stress
- First Responders
- At Risk Youth
Or individuals facing the following:
- Domestic Violence
- Mental Health Concerns
- Addiction and Substance Abuse
What should you expect?
Horse experience is not required for these sessions. EAL is a form of therapy that is client led. Each session includes a fun activity using props and horses to illustrate individual characteristics, strengths and weaknesses. The general outline of our program is as follows:
- Arrive at the stables
- Meet the horses and facilitators
- Participate in Activities and Discussion
For more information about pricing and possible insurance coverage please contact our Executive Director.
Our EAL program runs through the Free Spirit Therapeutic Riding Association. All of our staff have been certified through Greg Kersten's O.K. Corral Seminar Series. Each therapy session is hosted by a horse expert and a mental health clinician. The session takes place in an indoor riding arena, ensuring the privacy of our participants.