What is Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching?

Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching
Equine facilitated learning and coaching (EFLC) is a therapeutic model that pairs horses and humans to help individuals discover ways to have happier, more fulfilling lives. Horses have an incredible ability to help people uncover and identify obstacles, erroneous thoughts or behaviors, and/or emotions or past abuse or trauma that are holding them back from living life to its fullest. Once those challenges are identified, then changes can be made to help create a life of joy, love, peace and purpose. The discipline of using horses as a means to help individuals of all ages promote emotional growth, learning, and self-enrichment is becoming a widely used model for people around the world.

In partnership with the horse, equine coaches facilitate activities for participants that help develop skills in which the participant may be challenged or want to strengthen. Activities may include anything from grooming, leading, groundwork and horsemanship, and customized activities with the horse. Activities may also include education about horse behavior and caring for a horse. By learning how horses learn, react, and follow instructions from the participant, he or she gains a better understanding of his or her own emotions, behaviors, and body language. Sessions and activities are customized for each client. We offer ongoing sessions, workshops, and/or specific programs.

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Youth Horsemanship: Social and Emotional Growth Through Horses
Addiction Recovery
Healing Trauma Program

Horses are very responsive animals with awareness and sensitivity to their surroundings and people. The horse brings his own personality into a relationship, along with his own limitations and abilities. A person is accepted on that person's level of trust, confidence, awareness, and interpersonal skills. Horses can build a person's self-confidence and self-esteem as the relationship between horse and human deepens.

Horses give us immediate and honest feedback about ourselves by reading our verbal and non-verbal communication. They reflect back to us our feelings of anxiety, sadness, happiness, trust and a variety of other feelings. Whether working on the ground with a horse, grooming him, or riding through a series of exercises and/or activities, the horse is constantly reading our emotions. There are many ways to relate to a horse. By grooming or giving him a massage, the sense of touch is used. The way you talk to a horse can reveal how you relate to people verbally. Leading the horse from the ground or in the saddle can reveal your sense of power or helplessness you feel in your world. Additional activities, customized for each session, are created to help participants reach goals and develop personal growth and learning.

Horses can be a valuable partner in emotional healing. Horses offer encouragement, hope, and unconditional love. They can have profound effects on helping people recovering from trauma such as: domestic violence, adult and childhood trauma and abuse, PTSD, depression and anxiety, grief and loss, seuxual abuse, divorce, and many other issues. Horses can help victims of abuse and trauma work through feelings of fear, anxiety, depression, and low self worth. Troubled teens and children with ADHD and/or behavior issues can benefit tremendously from working with horses. The process of caring for a horse, learning horsemanship and riding skills can help kids and teens develop respect and patience, social skills, and overall self confidence. Whether a person is having trouble with relationships, school, or life in general, all ages of clients often feel something with horses that they have never experienced before - love and acceptance. Most people discover renewed respect, self-acceptance, trust and hope that can be applied to everyday life and relationships. Horses, being large and powerful, create an environment for a person to overcome fear and develop confidence. Accomplishing a task involving a horse provides a person with tools that he or she can take into the "real world" when challenged with other difficult situations in life.

Following are some of the benefits in working with horses:

Enhances one's core values
Horses provide unconditional love and acceptance of us. They don't judge, they don't care what we've done or what has been done to us. They just want us to be ourselves, without trying to be something we aren't, or hiding our true emotions. By giving horses our true, honest, authentic selves, they give us their unconditional love and acceptance. This can have a tremendous effect on enhancing a person's self-love, self-respect, self-worth, and self-acceptance.

Horses also have an incredible ability to foster a person's self-confidence and self-esteem.
By communicating with such large animals and having them respond to us, this can invite feelings of self-confidence, self-esteem and empowerment. Something many people seldom experience.

Additional benefits include developing and building leadership; enhancing nonverbal and verbal communication, and self-awareness of our emotions, thoughts and feelings.

More Benefits

  • Caring and compassion for horses, nurturance
  • Being outdoors
  • Self-awareness
  • Acceptance from the horse after building mutual trust

Intangible personal benefits

  • Sense of accomplishment and leadership (giving instruction to the horse and having the horse respond), empowerment
  • Increased self confidence and self esteem from mastery of activities
  • Increased communication skills – verbal with coach, nonverbal and verbal with horse
  • Learning body language – themselves and the horse
  • Body awareness and boundaries
  • Trust building

More about equine facilitated coaching
Equine Facilitated Coaching can help you feel good about yourself, improve your home and work life, and enrich your relationships. Discover how coaching can help you and/or your child move through life easier, more happily, and with a lot less stress!

I look forward to working with you and helping you develop your own unique strategies to address your personal challenges, and obtain effective results for greater life enjoyment.

Call me today for a free 30-minute consultation. No obligation. No cost. Just talking and answering your questions. Call me at 720-985-7535; or email me at karengraylifecoach@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

Areas of Coaching

Abuse - Children and Adults
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Diet and Weight Loss
Domestic Violence
Eating Disorders
Fitness and Nutrition
Health and Wellness
Marriage and Relationships
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Self Enrichment
Self Improvement
Stress Reduction

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