Equine assisted learning teaches us about understanding how to be a part of life by building relationships with our equine friends. By developing horsemanship skills and learning to ride we explore the world of horses through interacting with them and can learn how to build relationships, improve coping skills, develop respect for others, gain self-worth, and so much more. Prior to riding, in-hand instruction is taught on the ground. This teaches how to create a relationship safely with the horse. In doing so, this brings up conversations about how we conduct ourselves in life and the skills needed to self-regulate and stay grounded. Through these interactions consumers will have the opportunity to explore self-care, motivation, empathy, active listening, and countless other skills.
This is a horsemanship and therapeutic riding-based service that focuses on skills, wellness, and psychoeducation. This is more geared towards those consumers who are not interested in the therapy component OR need/want more of a skills-based service. Please note this IS NOT riding only. Consumers will learn basic skills working with the horse on the ground and in saddle by way of discovering their own emotional regulation.
Horses have the unique ability to mirror our emotions, and make great therapists even when we least expect it. EAGALA is an experiential-based therapy that involves at least one live horse, a mental health specialist, and an equine specialist. Metaphors are used to help clients see their stories in the pasture at a distance. This way the horses play the main part, by taking the pressure from the individual, relieving the need to internalize things.
We partner with horses to make room for our clients to meet their personal goals in an environment that many find more helpful than traditional talk therapy. The organization that we belong to, EAGALA, is involved in peer reviewed research to study the continuing success of this model. We use a team approach, all unmounted, which we would be very glad to tell you more about. Most importantly, ethics are paramount, as well as confidentiality as we protect you, the client. It is both a little complicated to explain at times and incredibly cool. I am passionate about this as a provider, and I would love to tell you more about it in greater detail, and answer all your questions!
Check out EAGALA.ORG to learn about more.
Whether you have a question or comment, I look forward to hearing from you. Feel free to send an email for more information. Or call to setup an appointment with Jessi.
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