... Equine Assisted Learning
In Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) the horses are the teachers.
A trained EAL Facilitator supports participants experiences at the farm. Long session lengths and an open-air outdoor learning environment create opportunities to learn and interpret the meaning that is unique to the individual participant.
People frequently accept the nonjudgmental, authentic and present-minded feedback they receive from horses. This unique horse-human bond can serve to help people develop patience, trust, interpersonal skills, respect, empathy, acceptance, confidence, assertiveness, and responsibility. The horses give immediate feedback to participants which guides future successes.
In EAL learning is done on the ground and riding experience is not required.
Sometimes clients request riding opportunities which can be arranged, but the primary focus is always ground based connections between human and horse.