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Equine Assisted Learning 

 

 

What is Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)?

 

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) sessions involve horses and

humans working together for emotional growth and learning.  EAL

is a powerful and effective approach that has incredible impact

on individuals, young people and families.

 

The exercises provide a metaphor for situations outside the environment they are conducted in. Because these are non-judgmental and not confrontational the participants are relaxed and can be encouraged to take what they learn about themselves and their circumstances and apply it in their daily lives.  

 

We address a wide variety of issues including family relationships, self-esteem, fear, hygiene, recovery from and the leaving behind of unhelpful experiences and memories. We have worked with young people who have ADHD or Autism, those going into foster care, families recovering from domestic abuse, sexual abuse and to avert adoption breakdown.

 

 

 

About Our EAL Sessions

 

As a visitor to the horses you will be given an opportunity to think about your life, things that go well and things that are more difficult. You will use the horses and the games we play to think about things in a different way. You will learn things about the horses and they will learn things about you. Time with the horses will encourage you to take what you learn about yourself, your family and your circumstances and use it in your daily lives.

 

   We use practical exercises to support you as you develop your physical, mental and emotional

   wellbeing and reach towards personal goals.

 

   Activities are planned to meet specific goals and objectives and progress is constantly

   monitored and reviewed.

 

   Equine Assisted Learning can be undertaken by people who have no previous experience of equines and generally does not involve riding.

 

Please contact us to discuss individual needs, as all sessions are tailor made. We usually provide up to 6 sessions, although we have provided up to 12, depending on the attendees' needs. Each session lasts approximately one hour; we stop when the right point has been reached rather than when the clock dictates.  

 

Referrals can be made by the families themselves or any organisation or agency that feels that they will be helpful in a given situation.

 

The family are invited to complete a simple evaluation form on their first and last visits. These are child friendly and use 1-10 scales to gauge where the family are at and tell us anything they particularly want to think about.  

 

Most sessions are for families although recently we were asked to provide some team building activities for a group of 10 residents and staff from a home for adults with learning difficulties. This was a really positive experience for beneficiaries and volunteers alike.

 

 


Some ways we can use EAL: 

  • To prepare a young person going into foster care and to build a solid relationship with the foster family
  • To support a family to move away from memories of domestic violence
  • To give reflective time and space to teenagers coping with life’s stresses
  • Educating on topics such as Hygiene, Wellbeing, Bullying, Self Confidence, Anger Management and Assertiveness, Reading Body Language, Relationships, Career Development, Bereavement and many more
  • Team Building
  • To build positive communication and understanding in families
  • To assist families in understanding different personality types and energy levels, and to be able to provide for each person’s unique needs

 

You can download a Request For Service Form here

 

Why we use horses?

 

Horses mirror human body language. Many complain, "This horse is stubborn. That horse doesn't like me," etc. The lesson is that if participants change themselves, the horses respond differently. Horses are honest, which makes them especially powerful messengers. The horses are chosen specifically for their temperament and ability to work in this way. Participants do not need to have previous equine experience, and Equine Assisted Learning does not typically involve riding horses. 

You can read more about why we use horses here:

 

 

 

 

We are part of the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) - a worldwide organisation.

 


Why EAGALA?eagala logo

EAGALA is a nonprofit organisation developed to address the need for resources, education and professionalism in the fields of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning. The Association has set the standard for professional excellence in how horses and humans work together to improve the quality of life and mental health of individuals, families and groups worldwide. In partnership with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), EAGALA provides an opportunity for a second career for horses retired from racing. EAGALA has more than 3,500 members in 38 countries and continues to grow.

 

For more information on EAGALA go to www.eagala.org