Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) sessions are at the heart of Foundation Farm services. How do horses help us? Horses live in the present and respond 100% truthfully every time when interacting with them. Unlike humans, they have no ability to form bias or opinions, judgments, or lie to us. Because horses are prey animals who live in a state of hypervigilance, they are keenly aware of what’s going on in their environments at all times. The horse’s reaction to our presence is always authentic, responding to what they see accordingly for their own survival. When we interact with them, they watch closely our body language and are very alert to the pitch/sound of our voice, our emotions, the way we walk, even watching our facial expressions. Therefore, when interacting with them, we start to see how our own emotions and actions affect them. This provides valuable insight to how we approach many different situations in our own lives. The interactions also generate contemplation of presently learned negative behaviors due to past brokenness.
Equine Assisted Learning works to heal and guide individuals back to a more productive state of being. Through the work of a facilitator knowledgeable in horse behavior and grounded in the Word of God, clients are given positive direction and guidance as they navigate through the emotions and behaviors that must be realized and understood so the healing process can begin. In EAL, choices, behaviors, and emotions are explored and put into a new perspective through interacting with the horses. The goal is to help you and/or your family find ways to deal with behavioral and emotional issues, such as depression, stress, anxiety, panic attacks, addictions, or conflict – to give you living tools to help you find solutions and coping mechanisms to restore calm and order within yourself and in your home.
Private EAL sessions at Foundation Farm can be individual or in small group form. Typically, participants and horses are in an arena or round pen setting. Most of the time there is no riding, mainly “ground work”. At the ground level, humans and horses are free to move about as learning and discovery takes place. Participants may be asked to conquer obstacles with their horse, “teach” their horse something, or simply spend time “listening” to their horse, watching their instinctive behaviors. No two sessions are ever alike.
Sessions at the farm are completely confidential, only you may share your experience with others. This is your life and your walk with the Lord, we’re here to encourage you and give you tools to live it well.