Equine Assisted Learning

Equine Assisted Learning... What is it?  Equine assisted learning is a "participative" learner 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 and find themselves learning valuable life and leadership skills in a fun, very unique and exciting atmosphere. 

Why horses?  Horses consistenly react to stimulus provided by participants. Some of the joys associated with working with horses are: They don't judge, but they constantly assess. Their feedback is honest and instant. Learning to listen to what horses have to say is powerful and often inspires individual change. By including horses in specially designed educational exercises, equine assisted facilitators have greatly multiplied the participant's rate of succes to self discovery and honed leadership skills.

How do horses help? Horses can magnify an individual or team problem immediately and provide a skilled facilitator with an opportunity to identify an individual's character. Horses don't overthink a participant's motives, but horses do challenge their behaviour and leadership. 

Icelandic Horses

Youth Programs

Our interactive, equine assisted learning youth programs are specifically designed to ensure learning and retention of necessary life skills and promote personal growth. EAL gives them an experience to refer to when they are faced with daily life choices. Our youth programs usually range between 4 - 6 sessions. This allows our facilitators to ensure the effectiveness of the course for the youth and the youth’s advancement in the program.

Horses are an ideal educational tool for use with children. Once a child is taught the basics of dealing properly with a horse, he or she can become the leader the horse seeks. When the horse feels safe and at peace with the child the horse willingly cooperates. The process of learning to lead is life-changing for the child.

Wild Horses

Families and couples

The Pegasus Project offers workshops that are fun, relationship building encounters for couples and families!

Part of our company’s ethos is to promote healthy and happy people who are able to honestly and kindly relate to others. As families and couples participate in our delightful memory-making events, we often see positive relational growth while having blast! Great communication helps families and couples grow, love each other better and discover new aspects of each other.

This is a very popular offering here. If you are interested in booking a fun and very different event that will bring you closer together.  This is a great date idea or bonding opportunity for blended families. 

Girl and Horse

The research behind EAL

Thomas, Kerry M. (2014) . Emotional Conformation, Genetic Behaviors and the Herd Dynamics: Growth, Learning and Wellness - Nature's Communicative Intention.  Multi-part seminar offered by Thomas Herding Technique, Pennsylvania, USA.

Dell, Colleen. (2013). Collaborators: University of Calgary, University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, White Buffalo Youth Inhalant Treatment Center, Cartier Equine Learning Center, et al. The Helping Horse: How Equine Assisted Learning Contributes to the Wellbeing of First Nations Youth in Treatment for Volatile Substnace Misuse.

Colleen Anne Dell, Ph.D:Office of the Research Chair in Substance Abuse, University of Saskatchewan

Website: http://www.addictionresearchchair.ca/creating-knowledge/provincial/horse-as-healer/

Duncan, C. Randy; Critchley, Steve; Marland, Jim.  (2014).  Can Praxis: A model of Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) for PTSD.  

Can Praxis website: http://canpraxis.com/

Tetreault, A. (2006).  Horses that heal: The effectiveness of Equine Assisted Growth and Learning on the behavior of students diagnosed with Emotional Disorder.  Unpublished Masters Thesis. Governors State University, University Park, IL.

More information on: Amiee Tetreault

Shultz, B. (2005).  The effects of Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy on the psychosocial functioning of at-risk adolescents ages 12-18.  Unpublished Masters Thesis. Denver Seminary. Denver, CO.

Russell-Martin, L.A. (2006).  Equine facilitated couples therapy and Solution Focused couples therapy: A comparative study.  Doctorate of Philosophy, Northcentral University.

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