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Tracy Hopkins

What is EAP and EAL?

"Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful“

Equine Assisted Horse Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially for mental and behavioural 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, behaviours, 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.

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.

Tracy Hopkins Founder

Why Horses?

Horses are extremely sensitive, aware of their surroundings and quick to react. By including horses in specially designed educational experiences, equine‐assisted specialists have greatly multiplied the participant's rate of success to self-discovery. Horses can't over think a participant's motive and horses can't manipulate behaviour. But by their intuitive nature and innate sensitivity, horses can provide facilitators with a window into the participant's personality. As facilitators listen to a horse's non‐verbal communication, they have the ability to walk participants through the curriculum to create life or career altering change.


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