Learning through Horse

Learning though the way of the Horse


Equine Assisted Learning involves sessions with an Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator, involving Horses and Humans , individually or in groups, engaging in activities which can address areas for personal development such as:

o   Practicing Self-Awareness

o   Problem-Solving

o   Taking Responsibility

o  Taking Leadership

o  Understanding Power struggles

o  Improving Communications

o  Enhancing Relationships

o   Developing Self-Confidence

o   Building Self-Esteem

o  Practicing Authentic Empowerment

o  Building  Social Interaction

o   Boundary Setting

Other areas which a person may identify as something which they would like to explore and further improve upon is also included.  In order to influence the behaviour of the equine, a person has to become aware his/her own limiting behaviour. This requires self-examining and taking responsibility for his/her own decisions and outcomes.

Equines are large and powerful animals providing an interesting paradox as to how their strength can be subtly influenced by one or more people.  They as prey creatures . operate at an emotional and intuitive level, that constantly relies on non-verbal body language for survival . There is no separation about what an equine thinks and what the body says and they will pay great attention to detail and can also pay great attention to the things that go unnoticed by people. Working with equines in this way enquires people to speak ‘honestly and confidently’ with their own body language , with equines continuously giving out information about how they feel.

The need to understand one’s own behaviour, as well as the behaviour of others becomes very clear in EAL  sessions . Clients are faced with the honesty of equines, who continuously respond to the actions and emotions of people and who are not duplicitous in their  interactions. Through the reactions and continuous behavioural changes that equines make, humans are provided with opportunities to explore areas such as personal exploration of emotions   intuition and energy, understanding of self, nature, relationships, communications, respectful boundaries,  emotional growth, self-efficacy and self-esteem

Mary Berkery  Professional Life Coach and Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator






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