Equine-Assisted Learning

Equine-assisted Learning (EAL) is a broad term that is used to describe activities with horses that are designed to build on human potential.

All activities are ground-based so there’s no horse-riding involved, and no experience of horses is necessary.

EAL is used to help people on many levels, including physically, emotionally, and intellectually. Skilled, qualified and experienced facilitators design sessions with the horses based on each client’s individual needs.

For example:

  • A person with limited mobility can be encouraged to stretch, reach, and improve balance through grooming a horse.
  • A person with anxiety can learn self-regulation and calming techniques by leading a horse through a simple obstacle course.
  • A person experiencing communication challenges can learn to connect with others by first establishing a relationship with a horse.

EAL can be used to improve literacy and numeracy, colour recognition, social skills, self-confidence, communication skills and much more.

It can enhance mental health, physical fitness, spatial awareness, and body confidence.

It’s a highly versatile, adaptable and effective means to effect positive change in a fun, interactive, and experiential way.

Equine-assisted Learning is suitable for all ages (from 4 up) and all levels of ability.