Frequently Asked Questions
These FAQs provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
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Experiential education offers an active form of learning by “doing.” Instead of passively listening to a traditional lecture, participants experience a hands-on approach to education, where they are required to assess a situation, evaluate options, make decisions, and witness the consequences of those decisions. The learning process typically requires investigation, curiosity, experimentation, and creativity. Experiential learning is supported by reflection and critical analysis, which helps to inform future decisions and behavior.
Equine-assisted learning is an experiential learning approach that involves partnering with horses in the learning process. Learners participate in activities with horses, where the activities are designed to build on the horse-human connection to illuminate outcomes of the activities (see Why the Horse?). The activities are accompanied by a facilitation process that helps learners to reflect on and extract meaning from the experience. At Dashing W Farm, we follow the facilitation model of the Equine Experiential Education Association (E3A).
No prior experience with horses is needed. There is no horse back riding. All activities with the horses are performed as groundwork and do not require knowledge of horsemanship. Facilitators will address safety issues for working with the horses and will also provide instructions for all activities.
Equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) involves a horse specialist working together with a licensed psychologist to conduct therapy using horse activities with clients. The activities are accompanied by a line of questioning from the psychologist that focuses on psychoanalysis and treatment of the client.
EAL is an educational approach where facilitators partner with horses to teach skills associated with leadership, team building, communication, and personal development. EAL is not therapy and does not require the expertise of a psychologist. EAL is conducted by a skilled facilitator that helps clients discover solutions to their issues and concerns about team dynamics.