On The Bit LLC   &   Dun Derby Farm

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Equine Assisted Learning

When you join us to discover yourself with horses, you'll get;

◆ Up close and personal interaction with horses. You won’t be a “passenger” riding them. You’ll be face-to-face and connecting with these wise creatures on the ground…

◆ Fun, thoughtful, exciting, and sometimes challenging games and activities with the horses and your fellow workshop participants...

◆ Expert facilitation of your learning by specially trained, certified equine experiential education specialists…

◆ A chance to connect with others who want to know themselves better...

◆ A self-discovery adventure unlike anything else you’ve ever experienced

◆ An experience you’ll continue to think about long after it is over…

1. Horses have the power to influence people in powerful ways. They are amazing animals that can reflect exactly what our body language is telling them. Through activities with a horse that promotes this reflection, participants will gain insight about themselves and how they interact to accomplish goals.

2. The role of the horse is as co-facilitator through leveraging their nature and ability to reflect what people are communicating. Horses should be leveraged for their gifts and not used merely as objects, tools, or piece of equipment.

3. The experience is not riding or about horsemanship skills, in fact, the experience usually takes place on the ground utilizing structured activities involving horses. Therefore, no horse experience is necessary for program participants.

4. Goal-oriented activities are used to focus on sensory, behavioral, and communication skills. The horse serves as an energetic and metaphoric reflection of what is working and what is not for the participants. The horse will communicate this through its unbiased feedback as to whether participants (individually or collectively) are being congruent, assertive, focused, and communicating with clarity. Utilize activities where the horses have the maximum opportunity to reflect participant behavior and the more basic, simplistic activities allow this to flow more easily compared to highly complex, intricate activities.

5. There's no right or wrong - no judgment. The experience is about participants accomplishing goals in their own way. Participants should not be judged on how they do things. Instead, the focus is on examining what is the horse communicating, what is working for the participants, and what isn’t working. Debriefing from this perspective leads to the most powerful learning experiences.

6. Focus on the process. As facilitators, 1) get out of the way and let the horses engage their natural abilities to reflect behavior and 2) follow the experiential learning process of debriefing to maximize what can be learned during the experience.

7. The EAL Facilitation Team is comprised of individuals that collectively have professional facilitation experience as well as knowledge of horses.