Equine Assisted Learning
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) refers to activities done with horses geared toward experiential learning. Horses, as prey animals, can help humans learn about themselves – how they communicate, how they deal with emotions, how they problem-solve, deal with stress, set a goal and achieve it.
Experiential learning is a process of learning by doing rather than by talking and listening. We use horses to co-facilitate, and educators to help assimilate information from interactive observations.
Research has shown that equine assisted learning programs significantly improve communication, self-esteem, empathy, tolerance for stress, problem-solving skills, responsibility, teamwork, leadership skills, trust and interpersonal relationships.
When working with horses, participants are encouraged to draw conclusions and metaphors about how these experiences relate to their own lives. Through a collaborative learning process, people use experience, reflection, generalization, and application to facilitate learning. Participants learn from interacting with horses and the immediate, honest, observable, and physical feedback received in the process.
Though this unique method of self-discovery, the development of confidence, empowerment, compassion, independence and inner healing can occur in a fun, non-threatening environment.
What can we learn from horses?
Experiential learning with horses...
● Causes lasting changes that won't soon be forgotten.
● Reveals and improves barriers to communication.
● Provides insight into group dynamic.
● Provides appreciation for differences and diversity.
● Improves personal awareness and communication skills.
● Engages you in a motivational learning environment.
●Teaches empathy and willingness to accept responsibility.