Interacting with horses, facilitated by specially trained equine-assisted mentors, enables many individuals to overcome their obstacles and achieve remarkable progress through equine therapy. Horses help calm and heal our inner being – often when humans can’t get the job done. Equine assisted work often helps clients change and grow more quickly and effectively than traditional clinical and psycho-educational approaches.
By establishing an emotional connection with the horse, participants become more conscious of thoughts and emotions. As a result, our staff of trained professionals is able to promote discussion of problematic issues and assist you on the road of help and healing.
• Horses are highly sensitive to human behaviour and emotions.
• Horses are big and powerful, capturing human interest and imagination.
• Horses give direct and immediate reactions to human actions in honest and accepting ways.
• Horses are social animals with distinct personalities and attitudes that mirror human social behaviour.
• Horses challenge humans to trust and respect – central to all relationships.
• Horses give compelling opportunities for metaphoric learning and relating ‘horse sense’ to everyday human personal and social experience.
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.- Lord Palmerston
Our unique equine program includes highly qualified staff following the EAGALA model of treatment, designed by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association.
The EAGALA Model provides a standard and structure for providing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning sessions. Practicing within a model establishes a foundation of key values and beliefs, and provides a basis of good practice and professionalism.
The EAGALA Model provides a framework of practice, but within that framework, there are infinite opportunities for creativity and adaptability to various therapeutic and facilitating styles.
The EAGALA Team
The Mental Health Professional (MH)
The MH is responsible for treatment planning, documentation of clients, and ensuring ethical practice. The MH builds on the ES’s horse observations, bringing in the metaphoric and therapeutic/learning relevance of the session.