Equine Assisted Learning
Not all therapy using horses involves riding. Unlike therapeutic riding, EAGALA teaches Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) which instead focus on experiential, ground-based activities. The EAGALA certified Equine Specialist works with the client in creative horse-centered
activities designed to address specific treatment goals, producing spectacular results. Often during a session, the horse or
experience can initiate an "Aha" moment that impacts that client's way of thinking or behaving. After the session, the client
takes away key experiences and can begin to make lifelong changes.
The EAGALA Model is unique because it utilizes a team approach and focuses on ground-based activities. In addition,
EAGALA's approach is solution-oriented and adheres to a professional code of ethics. The EAGALA Model is a powerful
and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families and groups. EAP addresses
a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, substance
abuse, eating disorders, abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication challenges.
Equine Assisted Learning:
- Addresses the individual or group's learning or educational goals
- Focuses on setting up ground activities
involving horses to help learn specific skills or
achieve educational goals, as defined by that
individual or group
- Examples of skills applied in an EAL session:
Improved product sales for a company
Leadership skills for a school group
Resiliency training for the military
Spirit Therapies' riders represent a wide range of ages and disabilities. To join their ranks, a potential rider must complete the Equine Assisted Learning Packet or Spirit Reins Packet and provide all of the requested medical information and liability releases.