Equine Facilitated Therapy and Education
Not all therapy using horses involves riding.
Unlike therapeutic riding, EAGALA teaches Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) which instead focus on experiential, ground-based activities. The EAGALA treatment team (a Mental Health Professional and Equine Specialist) works with the client in creative horse-centered activities designed to address specific treatment goals, producing spectacular results. Often during a session, the horse or experience can initiate an “Aha” moment that impacts that client’s way of thinking or behaving. After the session, the client takes away key experiences and can begin to make lifelong changes.
According to the PATH Intl., Inc. , there are a variety of activities. "Any specific center activity, i.e. therapeutic riding, mounted or ground activities, grooming & stable management, shows, parades, demonstrations, etc. in which the center’s participants, volunteers, instructors, and equines are involved."