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Healing With Horses using Equine-Facilitated Learning

Why we partner with horses to help develop well-being and build resilience using EFL

Who you truly are can be sensed by animals. Often times it is apparent that they have a sense of knowing that goes far beyond our own. They do not judge or punish us for our state of being as they don't see us as we see ourselves. For animals such as horses, who we truly are is not judged as 'right' or 'wrong', it simply 'is'. That said, they DO respond to our state of being!

Their responses (actions or behaviour) assist us by helping us understand who we truly are in that moment. As you experience a unique view of yourself (assisted by what you read in the horses responses), you will develop self awareness, which in itself is incredibly healing. Increased self awareness provides opportunity to expand your perspective beyond what you think is the correct way of being into more of who you truly are.

The EFL sessions we conduct as part of our Healing With Horses service gently help us learn to become more 'present' which is a state of being rather than doing and is also called being "in the moment". This naturally promotes mental, emotional and physical balance and some would say, a deeper spiritual understanding of our true unique nature. This in itself promotes well-being and lasting resilience!

Two way communication with horses happens on a sensory level and the magic of this experience is long lasting. Over time you will integrate into your heart and embody even more of who you truly are. As you learn to express from your heart, you will experience a greater awareness of the quality of your relationships with others such as co-workers, family members, or other animals you care for. 

This leads to improved heart-centred connectivity with yourself and naturally promotes more self compassion, compassion for others and for animals and the natural world too. The real gift of Healing With Horses and EFL is the whole world benefits!

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Healing With Horses using EFL


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What exactly is EFL?

EFL is best understood by experiencing it for yourself. We like to explain it as "healing, learning and personal growth and development brought about through interacting with horses". The horses (the Herd) and the facilitator (Beccy) facilitate the learning. The participants experience the learning in their own unique way and will thus explain their experience uniquely!

We have adopted the HERD (Human-Equine Relational Model) Institute model and as such have embodied their philosophical foundations of an embodied, relational and authentic way of being which allows for experiential elements to arise within the session.

This is in contrast to other AEL models where sessions are often pre-planned and are not truly allowing authenticity and optimum opportunity for embodied learning and expansion.