WHAT IS EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING (EAL)?
Equine-Assisted Learning is a powerful, professional and effective approach, proven to have a positive impact on individuals of all ages. How?
By including horses in specially-designed experimental learning exercises, equine-assisted specialists are able to observe non-verbal communication of the horses and be a translator as well as a guide to encourage the learner to attain the outcome of each exercise. This hands on approach to learning has proven to greatly multiply the participants retention and understanding of skills learned.
The Cartier Equine Assisted Learning Program consists of a curriculum that drives objectives to outcomes. Each exercise is designed in a BUILDING BLOCK (TM) style. The curriculum is client centred, using horses as barometers and facilitators as guides to encourage self examination. The individual evaluation revolves around:
The holistic nature of the horse
Objectively driven curriculum combined with facilitation
Partnering with community, social, and educational resources
We like to call this "THE FORMULA FOR SUCCESS"
While EAL has the ability to take an individual through a powerful journey of learning and understanding. The most asked question is "WHY HORSES"
Here are some of the reasons horses are so suited to this profession:
Horses are sensitive, aware of their surroundings and quick to react. They watch for the slightest movement and look for threatening body posture. Horses know how to discern the difference between a calm, non-threatening approach and anxious, nervous energy. However, every horse is different just as each person is unique.
In a horse’s world, the boundaries are clear and easy to understand. Horses look for strong leadership and are willing to follow after they find respect and trust. If we provide contradictory behavior they start to question and challenge our authority to lead.
In a horse’s world, team work is expected and respected. Horses respect fair consequences. Horses cannot lie or over think a situation. They approach honestly to every interaction. Learning to listen to what horses have to say is powerful and can sometimes be the catalyst to individual change.
Horses react to stimulus and provide a skilled facilitator with an opportunity use the horse as a barometer. By their intuitive nature, horses can provide facilitators with a window into the participant’s personality. Through the discovery of how sensitive horses are, how kind and forgiving they can be, we can guide participants to becoming better individuals through identifying specific horse behaviors.
If you can understand how and why horses react to stimulus provided by us – you will come to understand how this program works.