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What is EAL?

The Equine Assisted Learning Program consists of a curriculum that drives objectives to outcomes. Each exercise is designed in a BUILDING BLOCK (TM) style. The curriculum is client centered, using horses as barometers and facilitators as guides to encourage self-examination.

EAL is proven through quantitative and qualitative studies to benefit participants with the following:
Autism spectrum, substance abuse and addiction recovery, behavioural issues, attention deficit disorder, eating disorders, bullying, PTSD, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, depression, anxiety and relationship problems.

Life Skils

  • Negotiation
  • Problem Solving
  • Taking Responsibility
  • Non-Verbal Communication
  • Creative Thinking
  • Leadership Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Assertiveness

Why Horses?

  • Horses are sensitive, aware of their surroundings and quick to react. They watch for the slightest movement and look for threatening body posture. Horses know how to discern the difference between a calm, non-threatening approach and anxious, nervous energy. However, every horse is different just as each person is unique.
  • In a horse’s world, the boundaries are clear and easy to understand. Horses look for strong leadership and are willing to follow after they find respect and trust. If we provide contradictory behavior they start to question and challenge our authority to lead.
  • In a horse’s world, team work is expected and respected. Horses respect fair consequences. Horses cannot lie or over think a situation. They approach honestly to every interaction. Learning to listen to what horses have to say is powerful and can sometimes be the catalyst to individual change.
  • Horses react to stimulus and provide a skilled facilitator with an opportunity use the horse as a barometer. By their intuitive nature, horses can provide facilitators with a window into the participant’s personality. Through the discovery of how sensitive horses are, how kind and forgiving they can be, we can guide participants to becoming better individuals through identifying specific horse behaviors.