is Equine Facilitated Learning?
relationship between man and animals goes back centuries, but it
wasn’t until recently that research has begun to document
the important role of animals in keeping humans healthy and happy.
special bond that people feel with horses has led to a program that
has made its way into the treatment field. Equine Facilitated Learning
is an emerging field in which horses are used specifically as a
tool for emotional growth and learning.
horses? Horses are honest teachers with personalities (horseanalities)
as varied as those of humans, therefore they react differently to
each person and each action.
have much to teach us about patterns of communication, behavior
and relationships. Through exercises with horses individuals gain
immediate feedback from the horse as it mirrors human behavior.
present unconditional acceptance and experience a variety of emotions.
Horses are sensitive to nonverbal stimulus and therefore provide
valuable and visible lessons in nonverbal communication and body
social beings, horses are able to deliver insight into group roles
and dynamics. Using horses in group activities is especially powerful
in teaching teamwork, problem-solving, leadership, communication,
assertiveness, creative thinking, relationship building, character
in which Equine Facilitated Learning has proven very successful
have been in the fields of mental health therapy, family therapy
and corporate team-building.
Dabney is a certified facilitator of Equine Facilitated Learning.
He would be happy to provide the horses, facility and arrange exercises
to assist individual therapists and their patients or any corporate
group. Please contact
Ed for more details.