Equine Assisted Learning programs are a powerful journey of learning and understanding for those who participate. Horses in this program are effective teachers; immediately responding to what participants do, trained facilitators look for "teachable moments" that horses identify. Quite simply, the horse does the teaching; facilitators are there to offer explanations and provide guidance as they work through the solution.
They are a prey animal.
To be prey is to be vulnerable. Their job is to not be killed. The number #1 thing a prey animal needs to feel is SAFE! Horses senses are highly astute and can tell in a moment when thoughts from your mind and feel from your gut are off. They can hear our heartbeat, and they will react to the slightest changes within a team; allowing facilitators to find those “teachable moments” for your organization.
Horse movements are linked to emotion. Horses are the most feeling of beings so use their intuitive vs thinking, as humans do.
They are just like us - sort of.
Movement is the key to a horse, primarily forward movement. Everything about staying alive involves forward movement, which parallels to us, humans. Herds to horses are just like teams to people. Horses require a leader to trust, respect and keep them safe, just like we appreciate having in the workplace. This gives us the ability to parallel everything that happens to real-life situations so that what you learn really sticks within each human!
Quite simply, the horse does the teaching; facilitators are only there to offer an explanation and provide guidance as you work through the solution. Working with horses creates memories that can be applied to our lives and retained far longer than sitting in ‘just another classroom.’ This program offers lasting change because you can't fool the teacher!
We know you’ve tried a few team-building events in your time, but we guarantee that ours will be the best. Why? Well, for starters it's not just about fun and games - our programs are designed to build teams who can work together seamlessly afterwards!