Equine Assisted Learning
Equine Assisted Learning, also known as Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL), is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills related to academic achievement, behaviour, personal growth or professional leadership development. Though participants can learn horsemanship skills through the sessions, it is usually not the primary goal.
Sessions focus on the here and now, helping clients to increase self-awareness, develop new skills and operate in the moment, rather than processing past trauma. There is no riding, psychotherapy or counselling involved.
Each session is facilitated by a Board Certified Equine Interaction Professional or professional team. Though there is always a lesson plan, a good facilitator will often follow the horse’s lead. The horse is seen as an equal and valued member of the team.
Our courses of six, hour-long individual Equine Assisted Learning sessions help participants to develop confidence, hone communication and plan a more positive future through working on the ground with horses.
Each participant is designated a rescued horse or pony to work with under the supervision of a Board Certified Equine Interaction Professional. Through activities such as grooming, leading and lunging, they will begin to understand the effect that their tone of voice, breathing and body language can have on another living creature. During the process, the horse acts as a mirror, reflecting a person's emotional state back to them so that they can increase in self-awareness. As a result, powerful changes in behaviour, anger management and self-esteem are seen.
Participants learn patience, empathy and the value of hard work, gaining a set of practical and 'soft' skills that will enhance their future prospects.
"A Big Thank You for your time spent working with Claire.
As you know, Claire has difficulty in expressing herself verbally. She has really enjoyed the course with you at your wonderful centre and has come away each time really 'buzzing' about what she has achieved and her confidence has genuinely improved. To see her transformation today was truly amazing.
I am very grateful that Claire has had this opportunity to benefit from your incredible service. I can't praise you enough.
Keep up the good work! Thank you!"
-Parent of Young person with communication difficulties.
"Before, I was very unconfident and wouldn’t try doing anything new. I have ASD and ADHD. Equine Assisted Coaching has boosted my self-confidence and social skills. I can't believe how comfortable I am spending time with new people."
-Young person with multiple disabilities.
£420 for a course of six sessions
"Interacting with the horses has helped me to be kinder to myself, understand when to trust and how to set boundaries with other people. I know now what positive relationships are all about."
-Survivor of domestic abuse
"Lindsey have supported me so much over the last six months and I can’t wait to see what happens next, but one thing I can guarantee is that it changed my life for the better."
-Client dealing with depression
Referrals for EFL can be made by the intended participant or their parent (if under 18).
We also accept referrals from professionals currently working with the individual such as a doctor, social worker or teacher.
Referrals can be made by completing and submitting a EFL Referral form. This can be downloaded using the links below.