EAP & EAL FAQ’s
Equine Assisted Learning & Psychotherapy is growing in popularity.
Here are some common questions about it.
1. Is it therapy for horses?
No. While the horses may also get something out of the process the focus of this therapy is on the human.
2. Are you a horse whisperer?
No. While horses facilitate the learning they are invited to participate in the process and are generally not expected to do any more than they are willing to offer at that time.
3. Will I be riding horses?
No. There is, for the most part, no horse riding or mounted work involved. Any work with the horses done in sessions is done with you on the ground, interacting with the horse/s in a way that feels safe and right for you.
We do offer Equine Experiences other than riding that you may enjoy – click here
If you are interested in going on a horse trail ride or riding lessons the following establishments may be able to assist you:
Happy Healthy Horses
– 1 Dessents Rd, Hiawatha VIC 3971, ph. 0417 536 873 https://www.facebook.com/HappyHealthyHorsesAustralia/
Ruby Horse Riding Lessons – South Gippsland Hwy Leongatha, ph. 0457 421 876
4. How do I know if this is going to work for me?
As with any other form of therapy the best way to test it is to try it. You may find it works for you or you may not, either way that is OK.
5. I really want to try it but I’m a bit scared of horse?
That is a great start that
you are aware of your fear of horses. This gives us a great starting point for the work we could explore. While you are not expected to do anything you don’t want to do, sometimes stretching beyond your comfort zone is part of the process.
6. Can I do this with the whole family?
Of course. Learning together as a family or ‘herd’ can certainly help build your awareness and growth, as a family.
7. Is this form of therapy suitable for any age?
This work can be done with very young children through to the elderly, the focus of the work varies depending on the suitability for different age groups. So for example very young children may have a more structured format, older clients experiences may be able to be more projective in nature.
8. What can I expect in a session?
Each session is unique and will be planned around your therapeutic goals. The first session is a little longer to cater for discussion about that and formulate a plan moving forward. Sessions generally take place in the paddock or Arena.
You will be treated with unconditional positive regards and all sessions are confidential. Safety of both Client and Horse is covered and you will be supported physically and emotionally throughout the session. While I am there to support you to explore change and growth, you are in control of how much you share.
9. What do I need to bring
Be sure to dress for the weather – seasonal clothes – warm jacket/sun hat. A pair of enclosed toe shoes or boots is required when working with the horses.