EAP is experiential learning by doing that incorporates horses for emotional growth and learning. It involves human questioning, investigating, experimenting, solving problems, being creative, and constructing meaning. The EAGALA model EAP has been effectively employed in the treatment of numerous behavioral and emotional disorders.
Outcomes of EAP are not known: each experience and solution is unique to the people and horses. However, this therapy encourages individuals to reflect on the interaction between people and horses, helps individuals identify current beliefs and attitudes, and is a way to practice new strategies to achieve goals.
Equine Assisted Learning activities focus on experiential learning and growth. EAL is typically offered to groups. It was designed to develop and strengthen emotional intelligence skills to increase resilience and healthy behaviors.
EAL is sometimes used as an alternative to school programs for at-risk students, to engage students in learning, and it can also be used to help participants (adults or youth) build their communication skills, leadership skills, and better understand their relationships with others. Unlike EAP, EAL focuses on learning certain concepts, whereas EAP is geared more towards an individual's personal issues.
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