What is Equine Assisted Learning and why horses?
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is an experiential journey where the horse, as co-teacher and guide, provides immediate insight into our relationship with self and others – how our presence truly affects the world we live in.
Personal development and growth through hands on work with horses.
Horses are a lot like us. They are social animals with defined roles within their herds, and with distinct personalities, attitudes and moods. As prey animals horses are keen observers and sensitive to movement and emotion. They respond to what our body language, emotions, and thoughts are conceiving; our non-verbal communication. They become a powerful mirror of reflection, tuning into our energy and reflecting back without ego or judgment. This characteristic makes horses masters at helping us attune to our own inner landscape and gain clarity on how to move forward.
Who is it for?
EAL can but doesn’t have to involve riding, so no horse experience is needed. There are unlimited opportunities to teach critical life skills by partnering with horses. Studies show that Equine Assisted Learning benefits include the following:
- Greater confidence and self-esteem
- Better communication skills
- Improved self-regulation, self-awareness
- Sense of trust
- Feeling of connection
- Focus and concentration
- Interpersonal relationships