Humans have long recognized the unique power of horses’ intuition and have been studying it for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until the last century that they began developing theories about equine-assisted therapies. Many people respond well to traditional talk therapy, but some (veterans, trauma survivors, troubled children and teens, and more)—gain insight by doing along with talking. Add to that the unique intuitive power of horses providing non-judgmental feedback, and clients report healing can happen much quicker with equine-assisted psychotherapy than with traditional therapeutic modalities.
The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (Eagala) is the leading international nonprofit association for professionals incorporating horses to address mental health and personal development needs. The Eagala model is a distinctive experiential framework designed to allow clients the latitude to discover, learn, and grow from the horse-human relationship. Eagala is ground-focused and solution-oriented, creating a safe environment for both horses and clients to be themselves.
The Eagala Model may also be adapted for psychoeducational (teaching) purposes, team building, and coaching. Our main focus is mental health and personal development—including organizational development.