What is Equine Assisted Learning and Therapy?
"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." -- Winston Churchill
Equine Assisted Learning and Therapy incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning.
EAL/EAT addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioral issues, PTSD, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs.
The unique nature of the horse is what makes the therapy so successful. The horse doesn't lie or deceive. As the horse builds trust it connects with the person.
This quite often provides the client with a feeling of comfort and the opportunity to break down barriers and address the challenges they have been facing.
Horses are large, powerful, and naturally intimidating to many. This creates an inherent opportunity for some to overcome fear and develop confidence.
Working alongside a horse, in spite of those fears, creates confidence and provides powerful insight when dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life.
Horses are dynamic, powerful, curious, social and highly sensitive living beings. By utilizing these characteristics this therapy has proven to be highly effective.
Like humans, horses have distinct personalities, attitudes and moods. Horses provide vast opportunities for metaphorical learning.
Funding for this program currently is being provided by Chapter 12 DAV (Disabled American Veterans) of San Bernardino.