Equine Facilitated Learning(EFL) is an educational approach for participants of all ages that teaches life, social and communication skills. EFL provides an interactive experience that can be utilized as a complementary therapy in conjunction with traditional therapeutic services. This unique program is a metaphorically rich, strength-based experiential learning approach that promotes wellness and resilience--and even the feelings of joy.
Participating in EFL sessions allows individuals to:
•Establish a connection with another being (in this case, horses) horses by decoding and understanding body language and behavior.
•Build a relationship with a chosen equine partner based on mutual trust and respect.
•Enhance self-awareness and healthy self-concept through interactions with the horse.
Why Horses?Horses are the partners in the work and provide empowering, “in the moment” learning each session as participants experience immediate, constructive feedback to promote individual growth and change. Because horses are prey animals, their survival depends on their ability to “read” people, patterns, and environmental influences. Horses ignore the outward form and respond instead to the participant's inner substance. To work effectively with a horse, a participant must be present and accountable and bring positive intention to the partnership.
What Equine-Facilitated Learning formats do we offer?*Horsemanship – An education-based curriculum, Horsemanship is available in eight-week sessions for up to eight youth and is perfect for therapeutic schools seeking a unique physical education program. We work with schools to meet individual student goals. Riding, care and feeding, and barn management units give students knowledge, skills and practical application.
*Corporate retreats/ team building - give companies and organizations tools to work effectively together to enhance teams and productivity. Facilitated by Moementum, Inc. www.momentum.com.
*Taking the Reins-Targeted youth are working with emotional/behavioral challenges as well as cognitive and mental health diagnosis. Examples of disabilities: ADHD, sexual and physical abuse, PTSD, depression, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, adjustment disorder,attachment disorder. The class is not a good fit for youth with severe cognitive or physical disabilities.