Equine Assisted Learning & Growth
It was the most amazing experience of my life. It taught me strength, discipline as a person, and courage to be able to follow my dreams. I loved working with Christine. Through working with the horses, I learned how to handle the disruptions in my life, facing my fears, redirection, by caring for the horses. I strongly recommend Vance Creek Equine Therapy to everyone. I fell so much in love! (A former client's testimony)
Equine-assisted Learning and Growth (EAL) is a specialized form of learning and growth model that works with horses. This modality is designed to address addiction issues, self-esteem, personal confidence, communication and interpersonal effectiveness. It also helps with addiction, trust, establishing boundaries, limit-setting, and group cohesion.
EAL focuses on the natural behaviors of horses and herds. Horses are skilled at keeping themselves safe and surviving; their natural behaviors are optimal for mental and physical health. Working with the horses, individuals connect with their own natural instincts, learning how to keep themselves safe. We look to the horses to show us the way back to health. Work and observation in the horse world provide extremely powerful metaphors into our own patterns, strengths, and the nonverbal messages we send out. EAL implements the power of equine-assisted philosophies and exercises to help clients discover solutions and has been found to be more efficient and less threatening than traditional talk therapy.