Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) provides participants with unique learning opportunities through activities that incorporate the dynamic, social nature of horses to assist in developing critical life skills and interpersonal skills in a safe environment.
EAL is a collaborative effort between an equine specialist and a mental health professional or other professional working with the participants and horses to address specific goals defined by the company or organization.
Equine Assisted Learning is highly effective because it is experiential learning. Participants learn about themselves and others through experiencing the activity, the horses’ actions, and their own emotions in the moment. EAL has the unique advantage of using horses, which are emotional, social animals that provide immediate feedback to participants and facilitators. The interactions between participants and the horses provide wonderful opportunities for self-discovery and a safe way to identify emotions and behavioral patterns.