Equine Assisted Development (EAD)
EAD is an amazing tool for self discovery and personal growth, and it's extremely versatile because it doesn't have a set agenda.
Instead, it offers a safe environment for people to explore and observe their own thoughts and actions while they problem-solve in real time.
The suppportive attmosphere and engaging exercises inspire people to show their best selves to our extraordinary four-legged trainers.
This form of experiential learning consistantly delivers great results in helping:
- Addiction & Trauma Support
- Personal Development
- Anxiety & Depression
- Corporate Team Building
- Leadership Development
How Does It Work?
The EAD sessions are based around activities where participants interact with horses as they play games and solve puzzles. The goals that are set during the games and puzzles represent real-world challenges that are meaningful to the participants, and the games provide a safe environment to practice life strategies and problem solving.
The work of our trained facilitators is to set up the exercises, maintain a safe environment, and lead group discussions where participants get to process and reflect on their experiences. However, the horses are the real stars of the show, as they provide coaching in a way that our human facilitators can't.
The activities are never scripted, the horses aren't trained to respond in a certain way, and the facilitators don't lecture or even choose the learning material. The participants make up the details of each activity as they go (just like life!), and the horses do what horses do best. They respond to each person as an individual with honest, relevant, and well-timed feedback based on that person's body language, emotions, the group dynamics, the environment, and the presence of any clear leadership.
EAD activities rarely involve riding the horses, so prior horse experience is not necessary or even desirable. The power of EAD activities lies in the dynamic, unrehearsed interactions between the people and horses. Every session is unique and offers participants an opportunity to leave with a fresh perspective, new ideas, and a memorable experience with some amazing four-legged teachers/entertainers.