WHY HORSES?

 

"The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a person."

 ~ Winston Churchill

Horses provide opportunities for learning about life because their life in a herd is similar to human social dynamics. They provide a natural opportunity to develop work ethic, responsibility, assertiveness, communication, and healthy relationships.

INTELLIGENT PREY
ANIMALS

To evade predators, horses have evolved to be extremely sensitive to their environment. They instinctively analyze and react to our body language and other nonverbal cues providing us with valuable feedback and insights for other areas of our lives.*

LARGE AND POWERFUL

 

 

It's hard to ignore a horse with their size and presence. We can't just control a powerful horse. Approaching horses helps us reflect how we approach our relationships and how we can face other big or overwhelming things in our lives.*

HERD ANIMALS WITH DISTINCT PERSONALITIES

 

Horses are social animals with defined roles within a herd. They have distinct personalities, attitudes, and moods. They could be stubborn or they could be playful. In other words, horses are a lot like us.*

Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)

Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)

Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL)

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SIMILARITIES:

Equine assisted psychotherapy and equine assisted learning share a lot in common, including, but not limited to: 

  • FROM THE GROUND - all work with the horses is done from the ground; there is NO RIDING.

  • BETTERMENT OF SELF - both types of work with the horses result in an individual or groups betterment of themselves.

  • EXPERIENTIAL - it is the experiences with the horses that bring out the biggest lessons learned.

  • GOAL - ORIENTED - both types of sessions focus on specific goals set by the individual or the group.

  • CODE of ETHICS - all sessions are conducted following a strict code of ethics .

DIFFERENCES:

Equine assisted psychotherapy and equine assisted learning are also different in some important ways.

EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY (EAP):

  • EMOTIONAL GROWTH - EAP sessions focus on emotional growth of an individual.

  • MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL - EAP sessions legally require the precesence of a  a licensed mental health professional.

EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING (EAL):

  • PERSONAL GROWTH/DEVELOPMENT - EAL sessions work on goals such as team-building or leadership development, 

  • MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL NOT REQUIRED - Although EAL sessions still involve a licensed mental health professional, it is not required by law.

Liberty Reins conducts sessions using the Eagala model. As can be found on the Eagala website, the Eagla model provides a professional, experiential therapy that drives change. Below you will find a description of the model as explained on the Eagala website.*

THE EAGALA MODEL - A TEAM APPROACH

Mental health needs are at an all-time high.

The Eagala Model provides an innovative solution that provides a unique space for an emotionally safe, hands-on experience for clients. With real-time feedback, clients are able to reach issues where traditional talk-based therapies leave off.

The Model requires a licensed, credentialed Mental Health Professional and a qualified Equine Specialist who structure sessions incorporating horses to effectively address the client’s treatment plan or learning goals, helping with issues such as addiction, domestic abuse, behavioral disorders, depression, anxiety and trauma.

Horses are the perfect partner.

Because horses are highly sensitive, clients can work through their life struggles by interacting with the horses without feeling judgment or interpretation by another person.

All the work is done on the ground with no riding involved.

The horses are equal partners on the team and are left unencumbered to allow them to interact freely with the client.

Overcoming challenges by being the expert in their own life.

Everyone has the innate ability to solve their own problems. The role of the Eagala team is to provide guidance that assists the client’s own process and creates lasting solutions.

Their stories naturally begin to shift, and have a deeply felt, profound effect.

CLIENT CENTERED. SOLUTION ORIENTED. EVIDENCE BASED.*

The Eagala Model is so effective because it embraces the science that humans learn best by doing. The model prescribes a hands-on approach where clients are given the space to project and analyze their situations, make connections, and find their own solutions. Since the solutions are personally experienced in conjunction with intellectual understanding, they tend to be deeper, more profound, and longer lasting.*

HOW IT WORKS*

The Eagala Model is a team approach that includes a licensed, credentialed Mental Health Professional, a qualified Equine Specialist, and horses working together with the client in an arena at all times. When inside the arena, all the work is done on the ground with the horses front and center, deliberately unhindered and never ridden, and allowed to interact with the client as they wish. This creates the space for the client, with the support of the professional facilitators, to reflect, project, and make deep connections.

*A Global Standard in Equine-assisted Psychotherapy and Personal Development, https://eagala.org/model

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Current Offerings

 

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Social struggles?       Overwhelmed?      Stressed?      Anxious?      Depressed?      Lonely?

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RESTORING LIFE - Group for HS Teens

Register by January 1st to secure your spot!

Restoring Life is a six-week equine-assisted therapy group designed to help teens navigate the impact of the pandemic on their social and emotional life. Topics covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Safety and Respect

  • Choices/Consequences; Habits/Peer Pressure

  • Emotions/Attitude

  • Beliefs/Motivation

  • Fear

  • Judgement/Labels

Dates:

Mondays, January 10th, 2022 - February 14th, 2022

Time:

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Location:

18241 SW Mountain Home Rd., Sherwood, OR 97140

Cost:

$325; ($100 non-refundable deposit due at registration)

Note:

 **Group is limited to 8 participants in grades 9 - 12.**

 

For more information contact us at:

 

Allison Watson, Liberty Reins, LLC

Tracey Beagle, Licensed Professional Counselor 

libertyreinsllc@gmail.com

708.567.6497


 

“The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a person.”

~ Winston Churchill