Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) is a new approach to learning life skills where participants and certified Equine Specialists team up with a horse to reach their goals.
Trust, honesty, and communication are invaluable skills for daily life. They’re also critical skill when working with horses. When some people struggle to learn these, equine-assisted learning can help them.
Even though horses can’t verbally communicate, they can nonverbally. To learn how to understand them, you must learn to understand their body language and signs. While people can speak, unlike horses, our nonverbal communication still makes up 93% of all contact we have with people. For people with a hard time learning these skills while among other people, equines offer a judgement-free learning area.
Self-awareness is not only an invaluable trait for your own well-being and mental health, but also when around such large animals. By working around such large, strong animals, participants will learn how to be aware of everything that’s going on around them and in their own selves. Also because of how large horses are, it instills a sense of self-confidence because you’re able to control something so much larger than you.
Finally, working with a horse is nothing if not building a team. Participants will learn the leadership skills it takes to manage horses, and how to team up with their horse in order to accomplish a goal. This will instill leadership and team building, on top of everything else participants learn in sessions.
As with the other sessions, each is tailor made to you and will vary in actual content. Some of the possibilities range from grooming, observing the herd, haltering, leading the horse, obstacle courses, and/or just quiet, peaceful time to focus on the nonverbal communications and bonding happening.
These activities are good for:
- Veterans and/or their families
- Seniors with Dementia or Alzheimer’s
- PTSD, Autism, other special needs
- Corporate events
- Leadership programs
And the like…
The focus of these activities are:
To create a safe place for individuals to work with horses and receive their therapeutic benefits
To offer opportunities for peacefulness and self-reflection
NOT to counsel or advise but to observe
To build confidence, character and encourage positive decision-making
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