Equine Assisted Learning

Team Work:  Coach, Client, Horses

Equine Assisted Learning is a memorable opportuntity with unique benefits for personal growth and professional developement. Horses are ideal partners in the process of experiential learning. They are sensitive and reactive communicators, experts in non-verbal communication and always give us honest and immediate feedback. Horses reflect back to us their sense of who we are are what we are presenting and thru these reflections, we can gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and our relationships.

At Love Laugh Learn our horses are active partners and co-facilitators and as a team, our intention is to help our clients develop a new and enhanced set of life skills that will set them on the path to emotional freedom.

 Jody Buckle is the Owner/Operator of Love Laugh Learn Relationship Coaching and Equine Assisted Learning Centre.  We offer individuals a unique approach to learning that is experiential in nature while utilizing horses.  Jody bring 21 years of experience in horse natural horsemanship. Her training includes certification as a Equine Specialist/Facilitator through EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) and the Cartier Equine Assisted Learning Certification Program.  Jody is also a certified Relationship Coach CPC and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner ELI-MP.

How it Works

Common Q & A

Q: What is the EAGALA Model?

A: Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (www.eagala.org) is a structure, facilitation style and standard for conducting EAP (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy) and EAL (Equine Assisted Learning). EAGALA uses:

The team approach

The standard is that the work is done by qualified, professional team consisting of a mental health professional, an equine specialist and the horse(s).

Focus on the Ground

Ground work is not only safer, but found to be richer theraputically. It allows focus on the client and therapy instead of 'riding lessons'.


EAGALA believes that clients have their own best solution just given the opportunity to problem-solve. The model works to re-create life situations through work with the horses.

Code of Ethics

Each member of the EAGALA team is expected to maintain professionalism and work toward the overall health and wellness of the client.

This includes, respect, digity, physical and emotional safety and following all federal and provincial laws. A full code of ethics can be found at www.eagala.org.

Q: What is EAP?
A: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially for mental and behavioral health therapy and personal development.  It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals.  Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short-term, or "brief" approach.

EAP is experiential in nature.  This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns.  This approach has been compared to the ropes courses used by therapists, treatment facilities, and human development courses around the world.  But EAP has the added advantage of utilizing horses, dynamic and powerful living beings.

Q: What is EAL?
A: Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is similar to EAP but where the focus is on learning or educational goals.  EAL still involves the team of mental health professional and horse professional working with the clients and horses.  The focus however is on education and learning specific skills as defined by the individual or group, such as improved product sales for a company, leadership skills for a school group, or resiliency training for our military warriors.

Q: Why the Horse?
A: Those who are familiar with horses recognize and understand the power of horses to influence people in incredibly powerful ways.  Developing relationships, training, horsemanship instruction, and caring for horses naturally affects the people involved in a positive manner.

The benefits of work ethic, responsibility, assertiveness, communication, and healthy relationships has long been recognized. Horses naturally provide these benefits.  The use of horses is growing and gaining popularity with the rise of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning.

Horse are sensitive to non-verbal communciation and respond to what messages the clients give them in the moment. 

EAL and EAP Research

Visit the EAGALA website to see research articles.


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