What Is Equine Assisted Learning?
Equine Assisted learning or EAL is an experiential learning opportunity that focuses on Team Building, Communication, Trust and Confidence. Horses are used as the teachers and team-mates to help learners of all ages develop in these areas.
Experiential Training allows the learner to come to the conclusion themselves and find different ways of approaching problem solving where the outcomes have lasting effects.
EAL sessions operate in 8 or 12 weeks cycles focusing on specific objectives for each session that link back to the obstacles we face in everyday life.
Our interactive youth programs are specifically designed to ensure the learning and retention of necessary life skills to aid in each youth's personal growth. It is an excellent approach with the horses being the teacher as the horse has "loud teachable moments" that they never forget. This gives the youths an experience to pull from when they are faced with choices in everyday life as they build strong solid skills working with their teacher.
Our youth curriculum programs are usually longer term and range between 8-12 sessions. This allows the effectiveness of the course but also to track the advancements in each of the students.
By their intuitive nature and innate sensitivity, horses can provide facilitators with a window into the participant's personality. As a prey animal, they are sensitive to the stimulus of each participant. They react to the stimulus through body language and participants must adjust their feelings and behaviors to work successfully with the horses.
WHAT CAN A HORSE TEACH YOU THAT A HUMAN CAN'T?
- Horses consistently model assertiveness and teach us how.
- Horses can't lie or over think a participants motive.
- Horses feedback is honest and instant
- Nature provides them with instincts and senses that are very astute.
- Help to instill empathy and kindness in the participants.
- Horses have natural herd behaviours that require trust, respect, and teamwork from all members of the team.
- Horses automatically respond to confusion and frustration as these feelings can put the herd at risk.
- They lead through assuredness - not brute force.
- Horses have distinct personalities and through this, they all have different methods of teaching.