Equine Assisted Learning

Equine Assisted LearningEquine-Assisted Learning (EAL) is an experiential approach to creating awareness and change in people using the reactive nature of the horse. Through equine guided programs, life skills like communication, leadership and collaboration are developed. EAL has many applications including:

  • Youth at Risk
  • Corporate Team Building
  • Corporate Leadership
  • Youth Leadership
  • Anti-ˇBullying
  • Special Needs
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Life Skills Development
  • Family Support
  • Personal Development
  • Addiction
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Horses are incredibly sensitive and aware of their surroundings. With their innate ability to recognize a human energy as nervous, anxious, or calm and non-threatening, horses are exceptional partners for facilitating experiential learning.

Strong leadership is key to a horse’s survival within the herd, in their natural habitat. They seek out a confident, clear and compassionate leader, just as we do as humans. At Dreamwinds Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) center, our horses view us as a part of their herd, which makes them feel safe.

We use the same principles, under the leadership of the horses, to guide groups to achieve greatness. As we work with them, they constantly evaluate us, and provide feedback as to how we make them feel and whether they trust us. These qualities make horses the perfect partners to gently guide teams or corporate groups through our teambuilding and leadership training programs.

Throughout the experience, the horse will provide feedback as to what is going on in the group that is making them feel:

  • angst
  • distrust
  • or deep relaxation.

The feedback we receive as to why the horse won’t work with a team or cooperate with a certain individual can then be linked to the workplace, and we can provide helpful solutions to help teams and individuals:

  • collaborate better
  • achieve their goals
  • become more confident
  • get out of their comfort zone

What to Expect from Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) at Dreamwinds

When you attend Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) training at Dreamwinds, attendees will be split into groups, with a horse as part of the group. Each group will be given tasks or obstacles to overcome. A human facilitator will be on hand to provide mini debriefs when things go awry or when the horse does not cooperate.

Horses desire a strong, confident leader who can push them, rather than pull them, as do humans. Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) can help you to become the leader your team needs you to be.

Whether you are a corporate group, a family, or a group of friends, book your Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) training with Dreamwinds today to become a better, stronger and more compassionate leader. View our EAL Certification information. Interested in becoming an EAL Facilitator? Get in touch to learn about our EAL Certification program.