Equine Assisted Learning

EAL is an experiential learning methodology in which participants interact and move freely with horses in a closed arena. Participants project and analyze their situations, make connections, and find their own solutions to personal growth goals with the horses. Since the solutions are personally experienced in conjunction with intellectual understanding, they tend to be deeper, more profound, and longer lasting.

(citation: Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, for more information on EAL, please see: EAGALA (www.eagala.org)

American Counseling Organization (https://www.counseling.org/news/aca-blogs/aca-member-blogs/aca-member-blogs/2013/01/30/horses-as-counselors-equine-assisted-psychotherapy-eagala-style)

equine assisted therapy hand on mini donkey

Why Horses?

Horses are especially attuned to our emotions and intent. Because of their sensitivity, humans can work with horses to solve problems in symbolic terms in the arena. Horses respond to humans with a high level of perception, helping humans see things differently and learn about our ourselves.

Equine Assisted Learning FAQ’s

  • Will I need to ride the horses? No, all the work is done on the ground in the enclosed arena.

  • Do I need to have previous experience with horses? No. For this kind of work with horses, you just need to “be yourself” and be open to learning about yourself and the horses. Your facilitators will answer any questions you may have about the horses.

  • What should I know about getting to the farm? Please use google maps to find us at the farm – the address is 5 Rice Road, Nassau, NY. Look for the green rustic barns, park in front of the goat pen and meet at the white and green arena.

  • What should I do if I’m running behind or cannot attend? Please call our lead facilitator Janet Botaish who will be on-site at 818-601-6555.

  • What can I bring into the event? Open-toed shoes are not allowed. Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather and a water bottle if needed.

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