Equine Assisted Learning & Growth
"Equine-assisted learning and growth brings a relational dimension to the powerful model of experiential therapy. The horse's unique interactions with the client create an environment in which a sense of belonging and significance in relationships can be discovered."
- Christine Mattila
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 and personal confidence, communication and interpersonal effectiveness, trust, boundaries and limit-setting, and group cohesion.
EAL focuses on the natural behaviors of horses and herds. Horses are skilled at keeping themselves safe and are skilled at survival; 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 and healthy. 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.