Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)
at Glade Run Adventures
What is EAL?
To best describe EAL at Glade Run Adventures, it makes sense to first describe what EAL is not. EAL is not about teaching horsemanship skills, proper techniques, or learning to ride horses. Though these goals may be commendable, fun and even therapeutic, they are not the goal of EAL.
The goal of EAL is to help individuals to learn about themselves. EAL is an experiential learning approach so it engages a person’s whole body, providing the greatest opportunity for understanding. EAL partners with horses to help individuals better understand their own thoughts, feelings, beliefs, relationships, style of communication, life circumstances and challenges.
What are the benefits of EAL?
Participants attending Glade Run Adventures EAL will participate in programming designed to elicit a variety of established therapeutic outcomes. Benefits may include, but are not limited to:
- Increased Self-Awareness
- Increased Self-Esteem
- Increased Mindfulness
- Reduced Anxiety
- Reduced Depression
- Forming Healthy Relationships
- Social Skill Development
- Healthy Boundary Setting
- Increased Trust
- Increased Personal Responsibility
- Overcoming Fear
- Increased Ability to Ask for Help
- Increased Focus on Personal Safety
- Increased Communication Skills
- Reduced Extreme Thinking
- Increased Distress Tolerance
- Physical Movement
Horses are exciting and intrinsically engaging. It is difficult not to be present in the moments when we are touching horses. More importantly, horses are constantly communicating their feelings through their body language and respond to us based on the information that we give them. Learning exactly what we are telling them through our own bodies teaches us a lot about ourselves. Through observation and involvement with horses at liberty to be themselves, we can find social similarities, differences and, in the moment, try out new approaches and solutions to meeting our own goals.
What can you expect at Glade Run’s EAL program?
- Passionate, certified and experienced staff.
- Staff at Glade Run Adventures love what they do because they see the results of EAL every day. All EAL program staff has been in the Adventures Program between six and 20 years! Ongoing annual trainings in everything from ASD and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention to First Aid and Fire Safety are required of all program staff. Additional outside trainings from national and international certifying organizations in EAL, including certifications through PATH International (Professional Association on Therapeutic Horsemanship) and EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association), make the staff at Glade Run Adventures the most highly qualified possible to provide this service.
- A commitment to clients’ emotional and physical safety.
- As a Sanctuary certified organization, our commitment to client safety, emotionally and physically, is paramount. Our commitment to safety includes daily evaluation of animals for their suitability in a therapeutic program.
- Flexible programming, adept at meeting the unique and specific needs of individuals within group settings.
- Working in mental health treatment for over 20 years, the EAL program has developed with the understanding that one size does not fit all. Ideally, EAL sessions are developed with input from everyone invested in helping participant’s personal growth and evolve from a client centered approach.
- An organized and professional team approach.
- EAL sessions include roles filled by a mental health professional, an equine specialist, participants and horses. Each role is vitally important in providing experiences which are individualized to each participant.
- Exemplary facilities and welcoming environment.
- The 2017 redesign of Glade Run Adventures facilities provided renovated pastures, a covered arena, and roads connecting our barn and greenhouse to a centralized Specialty Services building for indoor processing and amenities. Adventures program staff are excited to share these unique resources and honored to serve EAL participants.
Who can benefit from EAL
- Groups focused on mental health and wellness
- Residential and outpatient treatment groups
- Respite, grief, caregiver and advocacy groups
- Groups seeking team development
- Corporate and small business groups
- Church, school and social groups
- Individuals, couples and families
Cost of EAL
$75/hour for individuals
$150/hour for a group of up to 10 participants.
Getting started with EAL
Start by connecting with us. We’ll discuss your specific goals and how EAL may help you meet them. We’ll invite you to come for a tour and set up a time for you to experience first-hand what we have to offer.
Juliet Wahlenmayer, MA, NCC, Director of Glade Run Adventures
Glade Run Adventures P.O. Box 70 Zelienople, PA 16063
(724) 452-4453 ext. 1236
Looking forward to seeing you at the barn!