Centre for Equine Assisted Learning & Wellness Gippsland


faqsEquine Assisted Learning & Psychotherapy is growing in popularity.

Here are some common questions about it.

1. So is it therapy for horses?

No. While the horses may also get something out of the process the focus of this therapy is on the human.

2. Are you a horse whisperer?

No. While horses facilitate the learning they are invited to participate in the process and are generally not expected to do any more than they are willing to offer at that time.

3. How do I know if this is going to work for me?

As with any other form of therapy the best way to test it is to try it. You may find it works for you or you may not, either way that is OK.

4. I really want to try it but I’m a bit scared of horse?

That is a great start that you are aware of your fear of horses. This gives us a great starting point for the work we could explore. While you are not expected to do anything you don’t want to do, sometimes stretching beyond your comfort zone is part of the process.

5. Can I do this with the whole family?

Of course. Learning together as a family or ‘herd’ can certainly help build your awareness and growth, as a family.

6. Is this form of therapy suitable for any age?

This work can be done with very young children through to the elderly, the focus of the work varies depending on the suitability for different age groups. So for example very young children may have a more structured format.

7. What do I need to bring

Be sure to dress for the weather – seasonal clothes – warm jacket/sun hat. A pair of enclosed toe shoes or boots is required when working with the horses.

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