What is Equine-Facilitated Learning?

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Living Mindfully
“the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one's thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.”
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Evidence Based

The core principles of the Equi Evolution program come from a variety of internationally recognized equine learning programs. Our affiliations include The HERD Institute and PATH International. We also base many of our activities on the concepts of MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) and MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) which place emphasis on the value of being able to effectively achieve mindfulness to maintain balance and wellness. Click the icons for more information about these organizations, as well as some of the newest evidence supporting the effectiveness of equine facilitated programs.

Experiential Learning with Horses

Equine-Facilitated Learning (EFL) is a therapeutic, experiential learning program that facilitates meaningful interactions with horses to improve mental health and wellness. We provide tools to navigate life in a joyful way. Participants work directly with our horses, learning effective skills to achieve mindfulness and improve self-esteem, communication, and relationship development.

  • Reduce anxiety & depression

  • Boost confidence & self-esteem

  • Cope with trauma & grief​

  • Develop effective communication skills

  • Establish healthy boundaries

  • Facilitate relationship development

A mental health diagnosis is not required to participate in our programs; however, Equine-Facilitated Learning has been shown effective in helping improve symptoms of the following conditions:

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • PTSD & Trauma recovery 

  • ODD

  • ADHD

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Identity Disorders

  • Substance Abuse

  • Eating Disorders

  • Spectrum Disorders

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The HERD Institute
PATH International
HeartMath Instiute
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