What is EAGALA? Horses as counselors?
EAGALA is the global standard for equine assisted psychotherapy and personal development. In a nutshell, we use horses as part of a team to facilitate personal development and therapy.
Features of a session:
• The Team Approach – A Mental Health professional, an Equine Specialist and horses work together with clients in all EAGALA-based sessions.
• Focus on the ground – No horseback riding is involved. Instead, effective and deliberate techniques are utilized where the horses are metaphors in specific ground-based experiences.
• Solution-Oriented – The basis of the EAGALA Model is a belief that all clients have the best solutions for themselves when given the opportunity to discover them. Rather than instructing or directing solutions, we allow our clients to experiment, problem-solve, take risks, employ creativity, and find their own solutions that work best for them.
• Code of Ethics – EAGALA has high standards of practice and ethics and an ethics committee and protocol for upholding these standards, ensuring best practices and the highest level of care
We are proud to offer the EAGALA model at Kindred Equestrian. We partner with Willow Equine to facilitate sessions. Please watch the following short videos to learn more. We would love to be a part of your personal development journey.