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What to Expect in a "Ground-Based" Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Session

Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) is a therapeutic approach that involves interactions between individuals and horses to address various physical, emotional, and psychological issues. Here are 10 activities commonly undertaken during Equine Assisted Therapy sessions:

  1. Grooming: Participants may engage in grooming horses, which can promote relaxation, bonding, and sensory stimulation.

  2. Leading: Leading a horse on a lead rope can help develop communication and leadership skills.

  3. Obstacle Courses: Setting up obstacle courses or challenges for participants and horses to navigate together can promote problem-solving and teamwork.

  4. Groundwork: Ground exercises, such as lunging or liberty work, can help improve body awareness, self-control, and emotional regulation.

  5. Equine Communication: Learning to understand and interpret the horse's nonverbal cues can improve participants' social and emotional intelligence.

  6. Therapeutic Riding: For individuals with physical disabilities, therapeutic riding can help improve strength, mobility, and posture.

  7. Mindfulness and Relaxation: Spending time in the presence of horses can promote relaxation, reduce stress, and increase mindfulness.

  8. Art and Creative Expression: Some sessions may incorporate art or creative activities related to horses to explore emotions and experiences.

  9. Group Discussions: After interacting with the horses, participants may engage in group discussions to process their feelings, experiences, and insights gained during the session.

  10. Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL): In EAL sessions, participants engage in structured exercises or activities on the ground with horses. These exercises can be designed to teach various life skills such as communication, problem-solving, leadership, and teamwork. For example, participants might be asked to work together to guide a horse through an obstacle course without using words, requiring them to communicate effectively and collaborate with the horse and each other.

These activities can be tailored to meet the specific goals and needs of each individual participating in Equine Assisted Therapy. Our highly qualified team will set a program to the clients needs and match them with the appropriate equines for the task.

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