What is Equine Facilitated Learning

Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) is the process of learning about oneself and how one is in the moment – developing self-awareness. Once aware we can explore what happens when we change – nurturing the skill of self-regulation.

It is an experiential process which enables us to model different behaviours and skills.

Alongside horses there is an awareness of “how others see us” because they reflect how we show up. Without judgement they honestly and authentically provide insight into how others’ experience us. In this way they show us what the Johari Window calls our unseen self. The EFL process aligns to the classic model of Emotional Intelligence (EI). By understanding how we are and regulating ourselves we develop the foundation of empathic awareness, and the building of effective relationships.

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