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WHY DO WE WORK WITH HORSES?
OUR TEACHERS ARE 700-1500 LBS.
There is no pushing around these teachers. Our participants will have to step up. If a horse doesn’t have a leader, they will become the leader.
They are a prey animal.
This means their senses are highly astute. They can hear our heart beat and they will react the slightest changes within a team - allowing facilitators to find those “teachable moments.”
They are just like us - sort of.
Horses have a lot to teach people, but there are also many similarities. Herds to horses are like teams to people. Horses require a leader that they trust and respect, just like we require in the workplace, classroom and our own lives. These common traits give us, the facilitators, the ability to parallel everything that happens in the arena back to real life so that what you learn really sticks!
HOW DOES THIS WORK?
Quite simply, the horse does the teaching; facilitators are there to offer explanation and provide guidance as participants work through the solution and find success. Partnering with horses creates an experience participants can refer to and take with them long after they leave the arena.
As the pivotal member of the team, the horse is the instant reminder of how well you are communicating with each other. He is like a beacon that warns the other team members that what you are proposing will, or will not work. By gauging the responses of the horse, all team members are able to make any change required to accomplish the goal set out and achieve the objective of that particular task.
WHAT IS EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING?
Equine Assisted Learning is an objective based educational experience with horses. More specifically, EAL is an effective approach to human development that encourages individual and team growth. Participants engage in objectively driven exercises. where they find themselves learning valuable life skills in a fun and exciting atmosphere. All with the help of a horse!
EAL has proven to be effective, powerful, positive, educational and creative. Our internationally recognized program emphasizes it's BuildingBlock™ curriculum of facilitating life skills through positively reinforced interaction with horses. Exercises are developed to encourage self confidence through validated, hands-on experiences. Equine Assisted Learning is an interactive, experiential program in which horses teach the participants critical and essential life skills in a safe and fun environment. Current research has found this experiential form of learning to be most effective.
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