Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT), also known as Equine Guided Learning, is a therapeutic programme that involves working with horses to learn about ourselves, our patterns of behaviour and to explore any challenges we may have.
Horses originated from the wild, where they lived in herds – tight knit family units, within which each horse had a distinct role. As animals of prey, they had to develop heightened skills to be able to read the body language and energies of other animals quickly, to determine whether they were friend or foe. There were no second chances – they had to get it right first time!
As humans, we too have this ability. We sometimes get a ‘gut feeling’ or a sense that something isn’t right, yet we don’t always act upon it. Often, we choose to disguise what we are really thinking or feeling from other people, believing that by dressing, acting or speaking in a certain way we can avoid revealing our true thoughts and emotions.
With horses, there’s no hiding. Horses have the ability to reflect to us our patterns of behaviour and to draw out exactly what we are thinking and feeling.
“You can fool people but you can’t fool horses.”
Why Choose Equine Assisted Therapy?
Whether you are an individual seeking to overcome relationship or confidence issues or a corporation needing to build a fantastic team with great leadership, we have the ideal programme for you.
We have the facilities to support challenging conditions, ranging from children with emotional difficulties to adults wanting addiction therapy.
You don’t need to have a problem to overcome and enjoy the therapy offered by horses. Many people experience the joy of self-discovery simply through our equine assisted personal development plans.
All our EAT facilitators are also trained life, business and NLP coaches. They have a wide range of tools which they integrate into the sessions. Through EAT a team can:
- Discover any belief systems getting in the way of group cohesion
- Develop a better understanding of one another
- Develop empathy with co-workers.
- Horses mirror personalities and behaviours and therefore expose the vulnerability of some members of the team. Individuals get drawn to the horse which they most need the learning from.
- Develop understanding and learn that we all have different ways of doing things and how important it is to draw on these differences, rather than get everyone to conform to doing things one way.
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