How Equine Assisted Learning Works
In a typical EAL session, we'll begin by sitting together outside the horses' paddock, observing them and chatting about what's presently going on in your life. You might have a specific challenge going on that week, or maybe you are carrying some long-held grief about someone or something you've lost. Oftentimes simply observing the horses from outside their paddock and watching them interact with one another sparks conversation that brings insight or clarity. Contact or close proximity to the horses is not required. It is up to your comfort level...tons of good healing work can be done by just observing.
If a client is comfortable going in with the horses, I might suggest a particular exercise with them that we could do to explore things further. Exercises range from just touching the horse's body, to grooming them, to trying to move the herd (or just one of them!) around the paddock or into a particular spot.
What happens is this: however we move through the world is typically how we will interact with the horses. By observing the horses' reactions to our behavior, we start to get immediate and honest feedback about how our behavior is working....or not working.
What EAL Can Do For You
Integrate and establish yourself in wholeness...spiritually, emotionally and physically
Remember who you always were and still are
Connect with the part of you that you’ve forgotten exists
Reveal and release old patterns and beliefs that keep you away from your power and truth
Find and immerse yourself in your inner wisdom
Live your life and relationships from here, one day at a time
What can a horse teach you that a human can't?
A horse's feedback is honest and instant
Horses consistently model assertiveness and teach us how to do the same
Horses can't lie or overthink a participant's motive
Horses can’t be manipulated with words
Horses have natural 'herd behaviors' that require trust, respect and teamwork from all members of the team
Horses automatically respond to confusion and frustration as these feelings can put the herd at risk...but then have the amazing ability to completely let it go once it is over
Horses lead through assuredness...not force, domination, or scare tactics
Horses have distinct roles and personalities that work to benefit their herd...thus they are fantastic models for how we can each step into our own authentic selves AND learn how to accept and get along with people in our own herds (families, workplaces, communities) who we might be having trouble with