What is EFL?

Equine facilitated learning (EFL) is an experiential approach that integrates horse-human interaction to provide learning experiences for self-discovery and transformation. Working with horses provides opportunities to learn critical life skills such as self-awareness, confidence, trust, respect, honesty, resilience, leadership and communication. Learning to be in relationship with horses, helps humans to be in relationship with their selves and with others, thus helping to develop both socially and emotionally. 

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My gift to you is a free 30 minute initial consultation to discover how equine facilitated learning and our other programs and services can assist you! 

 

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Why horses?

There are several common elements between horses and humans, by which horses can help humans in becoming better humans. Horses are social, prey animals and naturally form relationships with one another. Leaning to develop a relationship with a horse, we can learn to have a better relationship with ourselves and with others.

We can translate our learning from the horse easily into our human family and social environments. Horses show similarity to humans in their emotional (limbic) brain and in their need for socialization. In emotional and social aspects, relating to horses can serve as a model for participants to use in their relationships with others. Horses provide honest and immediate feedback about the person’s autonomic and underlying emotional state. Horses provide us with a way to see our internal landscape and how we operate in the world. 

Being prey animals they need to organize themselves without attracting predators, so horses most often communicate visually, using body language. This use of body language can help participants to better understand and learn how their own non-verbal communication might be impacting or influencing others in their lives. Horses ask people to be aware of their surroundings at all times. It is through interactions with the horses that participants learn about self-awareness, which helps reveal behaviour patterns and gives participants the opportunity to change their thinking and actions.

The horse's use of body language, in particular the small coordinated movements of their heads, ears and eyes, to communicate with one another, means horses have a natural predisposition to detect subtle facial and head cues, this translate in to subtle use of their energy. Horses are very sensitive to the energy surrounding them, this helps humans to understand how their energy states (i.e. feeling and autonomic states). This provides humans the opportunity to learn self-regulation. 

Participants gain self-esteem and self-confidence while learning how to work with such large and powerful animals. In addition, participants are challenged to solve problems, communicate clearly, develop social skills and empathy and learn leadership skills.

The horse will teach you, if you’ll listen.
— Ray Hunt
 

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private EFL sessions

Private 1-on-1 sessions run between 1 to 1.5 hours, double sessions can be booked depending on your goals and the distance you are travelling. The facility address will be given when the first session is confirmed. 

group Efl sessions

Group ELF sessions are available. Please get in touch to discuss your needs.

testimonials

Here is what some individuals had to say about their experience with a team building exercise focused on clear communication and active listening:

It made me think about how I communicate with everyone and how non-verbal language is so important. I can’t believe I let one of our team members go!
Really interesting to reflect on how my communication is interpreted by different people.
I found the team building element of the exercises really great. I ‘anticipated’ instructions from the brain, which made me think I should be more patient and ready to listen.
 

Life coaching with horses

Combine in-person EFL sessions with the horses with online life coaching sessions. The 1-on-1 life coaching with equine facilitated learning (EFL) in available as a 3 month program or as a 6 month program.