Why the Eagala Model?


“With 4,500 members in 50 nations, Eagala Certified. Professionals help people change their lives by practicing The EAGALA Model:

The Global Standard for Equine Assisted Therapy and Personal Development (Eagala). Eagala Certified Professionals complete a rigorous training program, commit to evidence-based client solutions, utilize an exclusive team approach and operate with a strong code of ethics. “ (Eagala.org, 2017)

The Eagala Model stands alone in the world of Equine-Assisted Therapy due to a strict commitment to standards, code of ethics, continuing education, and a replicable framework.

Team Approach

The Eagala Model is a team approach that includes a registered, qualified Mental Health Professional, a qualified Equine Specialist and horses working together with the client.

Ground-based sessions

All the sessions are ground-based. There is no horse riding involved and experience with horses is not necessary to partake in Equine-Assisted Therapy. 

Client-centred and solution-oriented

The model encompasses the belief that people learn the best by doing, a hands-on approach to therapy, where clients are invited to uses the sessions as a space for exploration, gain new awareness on their situation and make connection.

Horses are fundamental part of the team

Horses are herd animals and for their survival they constantly check for safety. Being fight/flights creatures, they instinctively scan and react to our non-verbal behaviour, picking up on messages we are projecting which we are not always conscious we are doing. The horses allow us to be in the moment and gain awareness of our own non-verbal behaviour.