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5th Edition July 20



EAGALA EME NEWS th 7 Edition

Contents Photographs from Turnabout Pegasus


Welcome from Newsletter Team


Psychiatric Hospital Doing Ground Breaking Work With Patients


Meet your Networking Work Group Coordinators


Oracle Equine Assisted Learning – Ireland

10 – 14

Advanced Training

14 - 15

Networking in Ireland

15 - 16

International Research Project Members

17 - 18

New Marketing Materials for Members – Addiction & Recovery


Equestrian Index – free listing for UK Members


Equine Assisted Learning at Hereford Community Farm

20 - 21


Welcome to 7th Edition of the EAGALA EME Newsletter Hi Members In this edition we have heard from the EAGALA team who work in a psychiatric hospital in Glasgow where the EAGALA model is ‘more effective than lorazepam’ - intriguing! We also have an interesting article from Oracle EAL in Ireland who tells us about their work with young offenders, members events and much more. I want to thank Tracie Faa Thompson, Turnabout Pegasus for providing wonderful photographs for this newsletter. Also to thank those members that have taken the time out of their busy schedules to submit articles, this is much appreciated. In my own life I have made the difficult decision to resign from my role with EAGALA, as the Regional Coordinator for Europe and Middle East. This is due to my increasingly busy schedule where I was finding I didn’t have the time to schedule EAGALA sessions with clients! I have so enjoyed my time with EAGALA and will miss the wonderful members I have had the pleasure to support. EAGALA has recruited Carey Khan to take over this role and she will be a great asset to EAGALA. Over the last two months I have been contacting members who have expired to find out their reason for not renewing their certification. There has been a range of reasons from personal circumstances to not being able to get established. The most common reason is forgetting to do the continued education hours. EAGALA offers a range of ways to complete your CE. The most cost effective is attending a networking group. Find out where your nearest group is in our article ‘Meet Your Network Group Coordinator’. Please continue to send in your news, events, case studies, research & evaluation results and anything else you think will support members and promote EAGALA. The next newsletter will be produced in October 2015. Coral Harrison and Carey Khan, new EAGALA EME Regional Coordinator

Wishing you all the best for the next few months. We hope to see you at the Advanced Training in September. Coral Harrison & Jo Anne Carlson EAGALA EME Newsletter Production Team


Psychiatric Hospital Doing Ground Breaking Work With Patients Surehaven Glasgow is a psychiatric hospital providing treatment for people with complex mental health problems who require a secure forensic setting. Due to the risks that they present either to themselves or to others, they have been legally detained under the Mental Health (care & treatment Scotland) Act 2003 and present with a range of difficulties including psychosis, personality difficulties, complex trauma, addictions, brain injury and offending behaviour. We are Surehaven’s EAGALA certified therapists; Dr Marie-Louise Holmes (Consultant Clinical Psychologist) and Ms Hannah Turrell (Child Trauma Service Manager/Equine Specialist). We have now developed Scotland’s first equine assisted psychotherapy and learning programme within a forensic psychiatric service. Firstly, we have been struck by the depth of attachment to the horses that this patient group has been able to attain and the speed with which this has occurred. Almost without exception our patients struggle significantly with trust issues arising from long histories of adverse experiences in their human relationships. At Surehaven we follow a trauma treatment model which focuses on establishing physical and emotional safety as the basis for successful recovery. One of the therapeutic challenges within a secure forensic setting is the obvious bias in the power dynamic created by legal detention and compulsory treatment. The horses have been able to offer a truly safe emotional attachment experience, free of any power or control issues. For many of our patients, this is likely to be the only relationship of this nature that they have experienced.

Secondly, the EAGALA model integrates particularly well with a range of specific psychological therapies. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy teaches skills in emotion regulation, mindfulness, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness. Our therapy sessions with the horses have provided rich experiential learning opportunities that further consolidate skill development directly related to these therapeutic aims. Many of our patients can become violent due to psychotically driven beliefs that they are being persecuted. Some dramatic shifts from deeply entrenched, hostile presentations to expressions of warmth, sensitivity and kindness towards the horses have taken place during the sessions.


Thirdly, our reflective practice staff supervision sessions have taken on a new dimension when horses have been part of the process. Safe therapeutic work in teams requires containment of the emotions that arise among the professionals to ensure that they do not interfere with the relationship with the client. We have observed staff members achieving significant personal insights that would have been unlikely to have surfaced without the unique emotional experience that the horses provide. In addition, our Consultant Psychiatrist commented that he believed interaction with the horses to be ‘more effective than lorazepam’! We are excited about our EAGALA model service continuing to enhance the range of therapies that Surehaven Glasgow provides for our complex client group. We plan to add to the growing research base in the field of animal assisted therapies and hope to be able to share more of our work with EAGALA members in the future.

Dr Marie-Louise Holmes Consultant Clinical Psychologist Hannah Turrell Child Trauma Service Manager/Equine Specialist


Meet Your Network Group Coordinator Attending a networking group has many benefits including: great way to meet with other EAGALA members  gain continued education hours for your certification renewal  enhance your skills and knowledge through the practice sessions  discussion business development ideas with other practitioners  network and develop friendships  keep your passion and interest in the EAGALA model  have fun while learning We have 15 networking groups in Europe who are run by our dedicated team of volunteer network group coordinators. This important role in EAGALA supports our members through our region. Contact your coordinator to find out more about your nearest group. Austria: awaiting new coordinator Belgium: Marianne Depestel,, 0032 474 841 638 and JefDockx,, +32 489 47 40 90 Denmark: Iben Bøgeholm Folkmann, +45-29422669, Hi, I am 37 years old and a certified MH since April 2008. I’m NLP Coach since 2006 and by the end of this year also NLP Psychotherapist. I do EAL for individuals/teams and also I have been part of the pilot project for veterans/others with PTSD which is supported by Professor Andrew Moskowitz at Aarhus University and supervised by Psychiatrist Anne BitchLarsen.

Germany: Ilka Parent, Hi! I’m Ilka (MH, ES, EAGALA Advanced, EAGALA trainer/mentor), and I have two passions I actively pursue in my life: EAGALA model work and working with the military. I am originally from Germany but spent almost 20 years in the United States. I am a Psycho-Analyst by trade and a horse lover by passion. In 2006, I found the EAGALA model, and it was the answer I was looking for: a world where psychology and horses (and working outside) could be combined. Since my return to Germany in 2011 I have been working with the EAGALA model and troops from various Armed Forces. My focus is to continue to spread the work to where at one point hopefully all those in need are able to access providers adhering to this model. Ireland: Philippe D'Helft, +353(0)87-6822093, Hi my name is Philippe D’Helft. I am a translator/interpreter/farmer/horse breeder and trainer by trade. I am an equine specialist and currently work with two EAGALA trained mental health professionals. (Find out more in his article on page 14)


EAGALA South Israel: Ruti Scharia,, 054-4616597

Netherlands: Mariel Schaefers,, 31 619 452247 &Anneleis Boers Hi I'm Mariël Schaefers, networking coordinator from the Netherlands. I'm certified as MH and ES. I studied orthopedagogy and I have my own practise in which I work both with and without the horses with children and adolescents, parents and teachers. I also have my own horse, Lazir. We do a lot of natural horsemanship and dressage. It's great to combine my work and my love for horses and to see how much it can bring to clients!

Anneleis Boers : I'm 27 years old and certified as MH and ES (did my first training in 2012). I'm a psychologist and learning to be an EMDR therapist and Cognitive Behavioural therapist whilst working at a mental health care facility. I also work at an EAP facility.

Slovenia: Ana Bordjan,, +386 40 554 032 Ana Bordjan Lamontana, aged 31, from Slovenia. My basic profession is biology and animal behaviour. I have been with horses for more than 20 years. I received my ES EAGALA certification in 2010, when I worked for Youth health center in Rakitna. We worked with children and young people with emotional and eating disorders. EAGALA work was incorporated into the therapeutic services of the centre. I am now offering EAGALA model services as an independent provider.

Spain: Eva Terceño Jimenez, Sweden Felicia Lundgren,, 46 46 53243 I am EAGALA certified as an ES since 2012, a mindfulness instructor and currently writing my Master’s thesis on equine cognition. I am a strong believer in the healing and guiding powers of horses and nature. All my EAGALA work is done outside, in the horses’ fields and always with loose horses. For the moment I am very inspired by the life style of the nomadic people in Mongolia, and elsewhere. Next step for me, in regard of EAGALA, is to apply to the mentor program.


United Kingdom EAGALA London – Carey Khan,, +44(0)7949 862464 My name is Carey Khan, I live in Wimbledon, South West London, UK. I am a mother to four year old twins and have horses in Surrey. I trained with EAGALA as an Equine specialist in August 2013 and have been working with Horse Sense for Life since then. I’m passionate about working with learning difficulties and disadvantage children as well as with corporate clients for team building, leadership development and emotional wellbeing. EAGALA North England – Audrey Honeyman,, 07905 331917 Audrey Honeyman had a passion for horses from a young age. Studying and training in Natural Horsemanship led to a greater understanding of their needs. She has run an RDA Carriage Driving Group for 17 years and became EAGALA qualified in 2006. She has worked mostly with disabled adults and young people. Audrey is also a qualified Equine Facilitated Coach.

EAGALA Cumbria & Scottish Borders - Sue Pike,, 07792 644824 Sue Pike has been around horses for most of her life. Her background is in Special Educational Needs (SEN) and the provision of respite care. She has over 30 years’ experience of working with both adults and children in a wide range of educational settings. Sue’s interest in Equine Assisted work was sparked, several years ago, when she noticed the positive impact her own ponies were having on the young people in her care. She has been a Network Group Coordinator for 1 year.

EAGALA England South West - John Daniels,, 01736 711508 or 07736101230 EAGALA Midlands UK - Sharon Wood,, 0775 3639228 My name is Sharon Wood; I am Midlands Networking Coordinator for EAGALA and also manager, project leader, founder of Horses for Causes (which ever one you want to use or all 3!) I initially started to help autistic adults by providing a horsey activity; giving them a responsibility and making them feel part of


something - that was in 2010. Since then Horses for Causes has embarked on its EAL journey by helping people move on from depression, trauma and sometimes a very abusive past. The work is extremely interesting and I am so glad that I was encouraged to Part 1 & 2 training, I'm returning this year so see you at Rodbaston, Staffordshire. Sharon has decided to step down as Network Group Coordinator in September. We would like to thank her for all her hard work in getting the Midlands group established. If you are interested in becoming a network group coordinator and want to know more contact Carey at


Oracle Equine Assisted Learning – Ireland Oracle EAL is an Irish organisation run by Caitriona O’Meara (EAGALA certified) and Suzanne Rice (Qualified as an Equine Assisted Learning Coach with Festina Lente, Co Wicklow). Together, both facilitators have worked with Special Educational Needs, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Youth at Risk. They recently completed a programme in conjunction with the Department of Justice –Garda Youth Diversion Programme (see case Caitriona O’Meare study below which highlights the power of EAL) and have run several projects in conjunction with Secondary Schools, working with teenagers with behavioural issues. As a result of this they were an Alternative Education Site case study as part of the “Responding to Diversity in Education” Module in the University of Limerick. In addition, Oracle EAL is in the process of working closely with the corporate sector to run and develop programs that focus on teamwork, leadership and personal development. Both facilitators have come to the area of Equine Assisted Learning from the perspective of working with Natural Horsemanship methods, which helps improve both the learning environment for clients and ensures that horse welfare considerations are always met.

Suzanne Rice

CASE STUDY: EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING WITH DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE - GARDA YOUTH DIVERSION PROJECT BACKGROUND : GARDA YOUTH DIVERSION PROJECTS Garda Youth Diversion Projects are local community based projects which aim to move children away from behaving in a way that might get them in trouble with the law. They help children develop their sense of community and their social skills by undertaking different activities. The projects seek to encourage a better quality of life for everyone and better relations between the Gardaí and the community. (Taken from A GARDA YOUTH DIVERSION PROJECT WITH ORACLE EAL Four teenagers aged 16-19 years were selected to participate in EAL sessions with Oracle EAL. Timing: Two one hour sessions on consecutive days followed by ongoing weekly sessions. A programme was drawn up to address relevant issues including teamwork, self-confidence, leadership, empowerment, strengths, weaknesses and boundaries. Half way through the programme we met with the participants in the centre for feedback. The participants mentioned that their previous group dynamic had changed since starting the sessions: “We listen to each other more now and have bonded as a group”. They described the horses as being in the “here and now” and in their exact words, elaborated by saying "they felt what they


were feeling and mirrored it back”. One participant said that they had more patience than before and another explained: “you had to stand on your own two feet as there was no one to tell you the answers”. Another, who initially was terrified of horses, told us that he now wanted to work with horses. At the end of the meeting the group told us that they worked on an allotment during the summer, growing vegetables, they had sold their produce and had some earnings which had to be put back into their development programme. They decided, as a group, they would like to offer their hard earned money towards more EAL sessions after the pilot study had ended. And so the second set of sessions began. At the end of these sessions we met with the Project coordinator and members of staff to get feedback on the sessions and the group. They said that the process was “truly and absolutely nonjudgemental”. This created a comfort zone in which the group felt they could develop. They felt that the sessions complimented the project’s ethos of not judging but challenging- the horses being the challengers in the sessions! The Project Coordinator gave the following review of the EAL project. GARDA YOUTH DIVERSION PROJECT COORDINATOR REVIEW “When we were invited to let some participants avail of the Equine Assisted Learning programme we approached it cautiously as we knew nothing about the value of EAL. Bearing this in mind we did however, select 4 young people to participate in the venture, but had no expectations. So the following observations are based entirely on the experiential process, as undertaken by the four young people.” Paul* was 16 years old and could not wait to take part, as he had previous experience with horses in a riding school setting. Therefore Paul entered into the process in a very confident and positive mood. Outwardly this would reflect Paul’s own lifestyle personality. Nothing is a problem to Paul at first but scratch the surface and all of his self-doubt resurfaces. This was the case with EAL also. At the end of the first session he was not best pleased. It wasn’t what he had expected, and it made no great sense to him. On that first evening he insisted that he didn’t ‘get it’, and that he wouldn’t be going back. Sarah* was 17 and had no previous interaction with horses. She wasn’t confident and didn’t know what to expect. On that first evening, as we chatted, Sarah’s learning became crucial to Paul. She, first of all flattered Paul by telling him how comfortable and confident he was around horses. Paul replied ‘Ah yeah, sure I can handle horses, I’ve done it before’. Sarah agreed, ‘yeah, everyone could see you were good with horses. But…….’. Paul asked ‘what? What did you want to say?’ ‘I’m just wondering’ she said, ‘because I know you so well, how come you thought you could make the horse do what you wanted, just because you thought you were in charge?’. Well, at first there was uproar. Paul was angry, annoyed, frustrated. Then Jack* and Patrick* engaged with the conversation and tried to calm him down. It turned into an amazing discussion, conversation, exploration. The reality is that on that evening so many critical things were being openly, honestly and heatedly discussed. The question that rocked Paul came from Patrick – ‘just because someone in your life has the power over you, do you think they should force you to do things?’ ‘Because that’s how you tried to get the horse to do things this evening’.


Change in attitude is a graduated process. It’s true to say on that particular Friday evening, an awakening stirred in Paul. The hot headed, impetuous, needing-to-be-right-all-the-time attitude gradually began to change. There has been, of course, lapses and falling back into bad habits but, critically, in all of that there is now the self-awareness that challenges these negative impulses. Paul had always said that he would like to join the army. Paul also knew that to do so he would have to learn to take instruction, advice and orders without question. He was fully aware that he had difficulties in this area. EAL certainly helped Paul become sufficiently self-aware and reflective and equipped him with the capacity to identify areas of self-improvement. The fact that Jason has now successfully passed the first interview stage for acceptance into the army, is ample proof of the value of EAL. Sarah is a leader, and EAL perhaps merely reinforced this. Sarah has a clear pathway forward mapped out for herself, at present, in the field of make-up and beauty. With Sarah, even if this fails, there will be other options. What Sarah took from the sessions was that working as a cohesive group makes such a difference and secondly, there is always more than one way to achieve a particular goal. Sarah will openly say that staying light on her feet, and being flexible will ensure that she never gets too tightly pigeon holed. She plans to go abroad and begin a new chapter of her life in early summer. Patrick went back to do some work experience with horses. He is still somewhat lost and is not as clear about his future as the others. Yet, even he admits, that from where he was in life, he now knows what he doesn’t want – he doesn’t want a life of crime, a life of violence and he never wants to go to jail. Although to many people who read this, it might not sound significant, but it is perhaps the most significant change that has happened. Patrick loved the horses for a very simple reason – they didn’t judge him. They took him just as he was, and they responded better to his soft approach rather than Paul’s authoritarian style, even though Paul ‘knew about horses’. Patrick went on radio and spoke of his EAL experience and for the manager of the radio station, this was the highlight of the entire licence broadcast. It was clear that Patrick had to overcome so much fear to do this task. Finally, Jack also took part in the sessions. He was absorbed by the way horses forgot what happened in the previous session and therefore, each time you engaged with them, you were accepted in the here and now. Jack quipped that if teachers in school could have operated in this way then he would have starred. His reputation as a questioning, challenging student went before him and he felt that he was targeted as a trouble maker before anything even happened. The ability of horses to start each new day with a clean sheet excited him. He was also intrigued by the selection process of the horses – who they would respond to and what manner of approach worked best for them. Jack took from the process a strong sense of family and belonging. He transferred this into his everyday life and his relationship between his partner, his child and himself became strengthened. Jack is determined to work in helping young people reach their potential. The entire spectrum of teamwork, work methodologies, family ties, group dynamics, patience and resilience, all became more clearly focused for Jack in the EAL programme. The group, as a whole, became very close. Although Jack and Paul do not always see eye to eye, they have a strong of knowing the other and of understanding their differences. Jack would still remind Paul that he does not need to be right all the time. Sarah remains a leader. Everyone gravitates to


Patrick. Although academically he does not shine, his social and personal intelligence is high. They all recommend, in the highest possible manner, the Equine Assisted Learning experience. *Participant’s names are changed to protect identity Oracle EAL can be contacted on 086 3753341.


We wanted to let you know about the EAGALA Advanced Trainings coming up in 2015 in Europe and Middle East Region: 

Sept. 4-6 Derby, England UK

Find out more about this training by following this link For those of you looking to continue to refine your skills in the EAGALA Model and gain much more depth in applying it, we encourage you to attend even if not working towards Advanced Certification. This training is not like the Part 1 and 2 training - you will need to have those important foundations in place in order to take your work to the next level. As such, there are pre-requisites to attend:    

EAGALA Certified Attended the EAGALA Part 1 training twice Attended the EAGALA Part 2 training twice Completed at least 50 hours of EAGALA Model work with clients

While not a pre-requisite, we highly recommend being involved in the EAGALA Mentoring program as well. It will help solidify the application of the Part 1 and 2 trainings in your client sessions which is an important step in the learning development and preparation for the advanced training. Click here to learn more and sign up for the mentoring program. The feedback on the Advanced training is that it has been both challenging and transforming to attendees' practice of the EAGALA Model. If you plan to attend, please know that you will need to be prepared to be open to learning, vulnerable and willing to explore 'S. You will spend a lot of hands-on time practicing as facilitator and client roles. It is quite intense, and yes, it is fun, too! Personally, I love the depth of this training and keep learning a ton each time I do one! :) Note that taking this training will not result in becoming Advanced Certified - it is just one of the steps in the process towards Advanced Certification. Click here for more information on the training agenda and the certification process. Thank you for your commitment to continuous growth and learning! We look forward to seeing those of you who can attend this training at one of the times above or a future year. If you have any questions, please contact us. Sincerely, Lynn Thomas Executive Director, EAGALA


EAGALA envisions a world where all people have access to high quality, professional equine assisted psychotherapy and learning services improving lives and systems worldwide. EAGALA is a non-profit organization with over 4,500 members in 50 countries. Thank you for your support!

Networking in Ireland Hi my name is Philippe D’Helft and I am the EAGALA national network coordinator for Ireland. I am a translator/interpreter/farmer/horse breeder and trainer by trade. I am an equine specialist and currently work with two EAGALA trained mental health professionals and hope to be able to add more following the Part I and II trainings in Ireland this year. I am currently working on a certificate in basic counselling skills and theory as I have experienced the power of what can happen in the arena and personally believe that it is very important for the equine specialist in an EAP team to have at least a basic knowledge of mental health practice and be aware of and have access to supervision and personal development opportunities.

Eagala in Ireland As National Network Group Coordinator for Ireland I have a large area with widely dispersed members to cover, this has turned out to be a joy, as thanks to the members, I have had the chance to move our network meetings around a wonderfully varied collection of locations from large government supported facilities in Dublin to a retreat centre on Clare Island off the West coast of Ireland. The distances and travel times are easily compensated by the kindness, hospitality and offers of overnight accommodation. Over the last few years our network group has formed a strong and growing core of dedicated members. As there was no opportunity for training in Ireland in 2014 our group was bolstered by several people who were very curious and want to train in Ireland this year. For anyone who would like to train in Ireland this


Part II will be in: Bolgerstown stud (Wexford) 1-3rd of August. Trainers; Lynn Thomas and Ilka Parent. I am delighted, grateful and somewhat nervous to be welcoming Lynn Thomas to Ireland this year, it is a great opportunity for Irish members. I have noticed a growing awareness and curiosity surrounding various forms of equine assisted therapy in Ireland and have taken it upon myself to convince everyone I meet that Eagala is the global standard. This has been made much easier by the great support from Eagala and the new marketing strategy. I was recently given the opportunity to place a stand at an event organised by the local council, I wasn’t sure what to do so I contacted people within Eagala and was rewarded with a wealth of advice and promotional and marketing materials. I would advise anyone who is given an opportunity to take it wholeheartedly, and if you need support speak to your network group, contact your network coordinator and ask for help. That’s what the Eagala Global Network is all about. When we work separately most of us are small local practices which can provide a limited service but when we come together we are all part of a Global brand that can offer so much in so many diverse ways. Let’s raise awareness, generate clients and provide services together within the global organisation that we are all part of. Finally I’d like to say, if you get a chance to train abroad, do it. If you’re travelling check if there’s a local network group that might have a meeting while you’re there. Share your own experience and learn from others. I started my Eagala journey in with a life changing training in Ireland was boosted by a powerful Part II in Belgium and was then supported and encouraged by the Belgian network group to come back to Ireland and become Network Coordinator here. This may not work for everyone but the opportunities are there within Eagala, seize them and don’t let go.



This was featured in our last newsletter and wanted to remind you that we have a research programme that all EAGALA model programs can use with their clients. This exciting project was developed by Ruth Billany CPsycholAFBPsS, Charles Darwin University in Australia. Here is a brief outline of the project:Scales of Psychological Wellbeing (SPWB) For the project a specific measure is recommended, the six Scales of Psychological Wellbeing (SPWB) and you may choose to include it. An online survey has been developed to collect pre-to-post data for both the Short Form (SPWB-SF18), which has 18 questions or the Medium Form (SPWB-MF54) with 54 questions. A clinical and research decision has been made to use the SPWB-MF54. However, you can decide to use either the SPWB-SF18 or the SPWB-MF54. Either way the client needs to complete the online survey a) prior to their first EAP session, and b) after their last EAP session (pre-to-post survey) If you have internet connection at your venue this is easy to do with your client. The forms can also be printed, if like me, you don’t have computer access at the equine facilities. You will need to allow additional time to impute the data online following the session. The researchers will collate data for various age cohorts and presenting issues across all registered EAGALA program sites. Comparative pre-to-post-test measures will be analysed to determine the effectiveness of EAP. Registered programs will be informed of the outcomes. There are a number of different outcome scales you can use (listed below). Access to these is not provided by the project. Measures: A list of current reliable and valid measures used at EAGALA EAP program sites include:  Adolescent Coping Scale (ACS)  Child Behaviour Checklist (CBC)  Conners 3  Youth Self Report (YSR)  Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS)  Kessler Psychological Stress Scale 10 (K10)  Post Trauma Checklist (PCL)  Rosenberg’s Self Esteem Scale (10 item)  Teacher report Form (TRF)  Youth Self Report (YSR)  Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (SWEMWBS)  Other (Please inform Ruth Billany at to add to list) If you choose to include the SPWB as a pre-to-post-test measure, your client input will be assessed and you will be provided with client total score of the SPWB and the sum of each of the six scales (Autonomy, Environmental Mastery, Personal Growth, Positive Relations with Others, Purpose in Life, and Self-Acceptance). Criteria for registration Both the MHP & ES facilitating the sessions need to be EAGALA Certified.


To register your programme contact Ruth Please Note: The research is in English. Ruth is unable to provide translation services for this unfunded research. However, she is happy to work with EAGALA programs that are in a position to translate informed consent information for their clients; collect and process pre- post-test measures of any scales/measures/tools in another language. Please support this project if possible as the data collection will allow a larger sample. Providing valuable evidence for EAP which is more likely to be sourced and supported by organisations and funding bodies.

Carey Khan EAGALA EME Regional Coordinator M:+44 (0)7949862464

Marketing Resources available from EAGALA for members Here is a link to the new addictions brochure which you can print off and use for your presentations and marketing of your eagala model programme:



Equine Assisted Learning at Hereford Community Farm Hereford Community Farm is a social business that provides land based therapeutic activities and skills training including Animal Assisted Interventions and Equine Assisted Learning for some of the most marginalised members of the community. From small beginnings in 2007 with no budget, no site and a client group of just one person a dedicated and skilled team of staff and volunteers now provide therapeutic activities 5 days a week, 51 weeks each year with 108 out of a possible 120 weekly client spaces now filled. However Hereford Community Farm still remains true to its original ethos and values; ‘Our vision is to provide innovative, caring and supportive life experiences, work opportunities and structured learning programmes for people of all ages and backgrounds who have specific difficulties and who would benefit from the therapeutic effects of working with animals, horticulture and the environment.’ The Directors John Trimble and Julie Milsom who were responsible for setting up the original programme still have a very ‘hands on’ involvement on a daily basis and it is this grass roots approach which has enabled the organisation to remain not only responsive to local need but to also develop a financially viable and long term sustainable programme. From a professional background in land based education they recognised the positive effects that being around animals can bring but had become frustrated that the necessity of achieving a qualification in a college environment was excluding some of the people that could potentially most benefit from structured interactions with animals. This led to the vision that was to become Hereford Community Farm and an environment that is all about supporting individuals to reach personal goals and not ‘ticking boxes.’ Equine Facilitated Learning sessions are based on the EAGALA model but follow a nonconfrontational approach using natural horsemanship working with the herd of 5 ponies, some of whom have specific health and management requirements. This is seen as an asset as it presents many opportunities for supporting attendee’s to address their own challenges that may arise from health or social difficulties through working with the ponies. Age is not seen as a barrier to participation either – until recently our eldest herd member was close to 40 years of age and Hereford Community Farm regularly works with older people, developing a specialism in supporting people to live positively with a diagnosis of Dementia. There is an integrated approach to provision and the team work closely with individuals, their families, care givers, commissioners and health & social care professionals towards individual goals and outcomes. Attendee’s may be living with specific health conditions including mental health,


degenerative or chronic conditions, acquired brain injury, learning disability, Autistic Spectrum, loss of mobility or social isolation. EFL activities have been used to support attendee’s in many aspects of moving their lives forward, for example developing positive coping strategies and problem solving skills increasing confidence and self-esteem, and re-integration into the community keeping people in their own homes and reducing reliance on statutory services. Hereford Community Farm welcomes visitors and has regular enquiries from people looking to set up their own programmes and ‘Top Tips for Success’ would include: *Be realistic about what you can offer with the resources that you have – do not ‘over stretch’ work routines for the horses, welfare of animals and humans is priority *Know your market place – look for the gaps in local provision and the priority groups where there is an ‘unmet need’ *Be open to new ideas, take a pro-active approach to training and skills development for all of the team *Make contact with other groups / organisations / local networks for resource and skills sharing *Have a realistic budget and pricing structure that is appropriate for what commissioners will pay without under valuing your service. Business sense is as important as passion in all that you do! Hereford Community Farm has linked with ‘People & Animals’ to provide a series of seminars and training events. For more details visit; or email For information on Intelligent Horsemanship and Natural Horsemanship clinics visit; or email For more information on Hereford Community Farm visit; or email


EAGALA EME members newsletter 7th edition  
EAGALA EME members newsletter 7th edition  

E-newsletter for members of EAGALA - The Global Standard for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Personal Development.