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equine assisted learning



To put it simply, Equine Assisted Learning is a learner-based educational experience with horses. More specifically, EAL is an effective approach to human development that encourages individual and team growth. Participants engage in objectively driven exercises and find themselves learning valuable life skills in a fun and exciting atmosphere while working with horses. EAL has proven to be effective, powerful, positive, educational, and creative.

The Academy of Equine Assisted Learning's program emphasizes its BuildingBlock™ curriculum of facilitating life skills through positively reinforced interaction with horses. Exercises are developed to encourage self-confidence through validated, hands-on experiences. Current research has found this experiential form of learning to be most effective.

Why Horses?

Horses are tough and steadfast dance partners. Horses consistently react to stimuli provided by participants. Some of the joys associated with working around horses are;

  • they don't judge but they constantly assess

  • heir feedback is honest and instant

Learning to listen to what horses have to say is powerful and can sometimes spur the answer to individual change. By including horses in specially designed educational exercises, equine-assisted facilitators have greatly multiplied the participant's rate of success to self-discovery.



Horses can magnify an individual's problem immediately and provide a skilled facilitator with an opportunity to identify an individual's character. Horses don't overthink a participant's motive but horses do challenge their behaviour and leadership.

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