Equine Assisted Counseling and Learning
5006 Charlestown Pike, Jeffersonville, Indiana
A horse doesn’t care how much you know until he knows how much you care.
Equine assisted counseling (EAC) combines a horse, a counselor, a horse specialist, and a client to address treatment goals. The
client is paired with a horse selected specifically for him or her after an initial interview. The counselor gives the client
(or clients, if group therapy) task, such as have the horse move completely around the client without touching the client. After
the task is completed, feelings, insights, and behaviors are processed or discussed.
Clients, especially children, are willing
to not only attend counseling sessions, but are excited about the sessions. Just being with a horse is therapeutic. The
horse is working as a facilitator.
Equine assisted learning (EAL) uses the horses to teach clients about themselves. Horses don't judge our
motives, they communicate non-verbally, and they are sensitive to our behavior. Because horses are prey animals, they are always
alert to their surroundings. Because horses are herd animals, they use body language to communicate. They can mirror or
reflect an individual's or a group's emotions through this body language.
EAL helps individuals understand themselves and others
through participation in activities with the horses and then processing or discussing the feelings and behaviors. These reflections
lead to insights which can be applied to real life situations.
EAL can help individuals to
* become teamplayers
* develop problem
* improve leadership abilities
* improve communication skills
* encourage good relationships