What is it?
You may be wondering what Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is. EAL is a research grounded, experiential approach that goes beyond traditional leadership programs. At BraveHearts, your team completes authentic team-building activities with feedback from trained equine therapists. Horses have a natural ability to teach the following skills:
These are all essential skills which will lead you and your team to success. EAL creates a group setting which allows conflict resolution in a non-judgmental environment, ensuring everyone’s viewpoint is heard and respected. Horses are naturally empathetic and can help many people identify non-verbal body language which may create conflicts.
What to Expect
Have no prior experience with horses? Don’t worry! Our workshop requires no riding. Instead, all team-building activities take place on the ground while interacting with horses. Certified facilitators supervise all of our activities.
Don’t be surprised if you notice parallels between group dynamics in the workplace and your experiences in the arena. Participants often find themselves working through interpersonal issues which affect teammates and co-workers. You may choose to work on one or more of the following areas:
Amount of time to complete: 1.5 to 3 hours
Where: Outdoor arena and/or Activity Shelter – Weather permitting
Cost: Dependent on number of participants and amount of time.
Who Can Participate in Team-Building Activities?
Team-building activities provide benefits to people from diverse walks of life! Our team-building activities are designed for any group who wishes to strengthen relationships in a positive way or create stronger interpersonal skills. Please remember this is not an exhaustive list. Don’t hesitate to contact us!
Key Benefits for businesses
Beheshti, Naz. “10 Timely Statistics About the Connection Between Employee Engagement and Wellness.” Forbes. Jan 16, 2019. Forbes Article
Before David participated in the HorsePowered Life Skills program, if he was told “no”, he would turn on tears. Now, when he starts to cry (after being told “no”) I ask him what the horses would say. He is able to calm himself down and says “ok” on a more consistent basis.
The horses taught me that I always have to be ready to go to Plan B.
Tara (age 12) started the first day speaking in a very soft, mumbling voice. By the end of the program, Tara was using her firm and clear voice with confidence.
It was truly amazing to see how the program helped my son’s confidence grow and how his attitude of being willing to learn improved. The horses know exactly how to respond to each child.
It was interesting to see how my child would take a directive from a horse and not throw a temper-tantrum.
My son, Corey, (age 7) now proudly boasts that he is now the second-best reader in the class.
My son, Bryson, really struggled in Kindergarten and was falling behind in school after my husband deployed. We discovered this unique program and decided to give it a try even though it meant driving over one hour one way. After the first three days of the summer program, we noticed a positive change in his behavior. We chose to continue with the fall programs. As a result Bryson was less stressed and anxious about school. In fact, he was pretty excited to start 1st grade.
My son and I have been given a tool box full of tools through BraveHearts. We now have vocabulary and references we can use to help remind one another to be focused, check our surroundings, remain calm, use a firm voice…
Gage struggles with math. He participated in the HorsePowered Reading and Math programs and that helped him relax. He learned responsibility. He enjoyed being in charge and getting the horse to do what he wanted. I have seen a lot of the skills that Gage learned through BraveHearts translates into his day to day life. His son takes more responsibility by getting himself ready for school. He doesn’t need prompting and takes the initiative to finish his homework.