What is Equine Assisted Learning (Therapy)?
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), also known as Equine Assisted Therapy or Wellness, is an educational experience in which participants build valuable life skills while working with horses. It has proven to be an effective approach to human development and encourages individual growth, improved communication skills and problem solving skills. Participants engage in objectively-driven exercises which are designed to teach them important skills in a very fun and safe environment. These sessions can be both mounted and unmounted, depending on the comfort level of the participants, which make them ideal for anyone!
Why are horses used instead of another animal?
Horses teach through body language and are completely non-judgement. They are honest without holding a grudge. If you watch a horse in a herd setting, you’ll see that corrections are given immediately, but the offender is welcomed back to the herd just as quickly. They react the same with their human counterparts – they do not overthink your motives, but will challenge your behavior or leadership. Horses are able to magnify an individual’s problem immediately, which helps the facilitator guide the participant to a solution. Furthermore, working with the horses provides participants a more “hands on” approach, which they will retain for far longer than simply sitting in a classroom and absorbing words in a text book.