To put it simply, Equine Assisted Learning is a 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 skills in a fun and exciting atmosphere while working with horses. EAL has proven to be effective, powerful, positive, educational, and creative. The Academy of Equine Assisted Learning’s 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.
Our course is not a bandage effect for humans; it's life changing with proven results with a 5-year research study with the University of Calgary, Saskatoon and Regina.We can help you to achieve your goal in this Equine Assisted Learning career and we show you exactly all the steps you need in order to succeed in this field versus just getting a certification and not knowing what to do with it after.
Albert Wight studied methods of education extensively and concluded a need for change from the traditional classroom and lecture format to an educational alternative called "participative method", which focuses on the experiential process of learning rather than the mere transmission of information. Experiential learning has recently been termed "the natural way of learning", and defined as the process by which the experience of the learner is reflected upon, from which new insights emerge.
This program is Internationally Certified and regulated through the EAL Network.
The designer of these amazing programs took all that’s been researched on how human beings learn, and all the research that’s been done on wild horses, and brought the two together to create experiential learning programs. These programs are designed to help human beings learn and understand the changes that they need to make within themselves. Equine Assisted Learning works, because it's not the people that are the teachers, it's the horses!
We have been trained by the world renowned Equine Connection - The Academy of Equine Assisted Learning Inc, who certify all over the world through the Academy of Equine Assisted Learning BuildingBlock™ course. You will see Equine Connection instructors in the videos provided, these will give a better understanding of the value of our programs and workshops. Check out the Video to the right to get a better understanding of our Program.
Horses are tough and stead fast dance partners. Horses consistently react to stimulus provided by participants. Some of the joys associated with working around 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 can sometimes spur the answer to individual change. By including horses in specially designed educational exercises, equine-assisted facilitators have greatly multiplied the participant's rate of success to self discovery.
Horses can magnify an individual's problem immediately and provide a skilled facilitator with an opportunity to identify an individual's character. Horses don't overthink a participant's motive but horses do challenge their behaviour and leadership.
Each of our exercises are designed to maximize learning potential and focus on developing individual skills as they work through fun interactive group challenges. Teams of two with a horse work to develop relationships, problem solve, and overcome barriers while encouraged to be creative and think outside the box.