At Equine Connections, we provide learning opportunities with horses, offering a supportive learning environment for sustainable change and improved quality of life and relationships.
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is an experiential learning and personal development approach suitable for children, adolescents, and adults. Clients participate in individual or group sessions in partnership with horses to experiment with new ways of being, thinking and behaving.
At Equine Connections, we run a variety of programmes to address needs in social and emotional learning, personal development, leadership and team building. Participants can expect to take part in relationship-based learning activities with horses to develop essential life skills such as self-awareness, boundary setting, understanding feelings, forming healthy relationships and managing challenge.
All activities are ground-based. There is no riding involved.
Research tells us that people learn best by doing and that change occurs when we are open to new experiences and shifts in thinking.
Horses are fantastic partners for learning in an experiential context for a multitude of reasons.
Horses are prey animals and therefore have a heightened awareness of themselves within the context of their environment. Unlike humans, horses live within themselves, in the present moment with complete awareness, and balance their internal equilibrium by way of physical actions as they need to. Horses are also herd animals and as such live in constant connection and relationship with others.