Equine Assisted Learning

 Windwood utilizes the  Equine Assisted Growth and Learning or EAGALA  model.   The EAGALA Model provides a standard and structure for providing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning sessions.  The EAGALA Model provides a framework of practice, but within that framework, there are infinite opportunities for creativity and adaptability to various therapeutic and facilitating styles.

The EAGALA Model uses a Team Approach – An Equine Specialist, a Mental Health professional, and horses work together with clients in all EAGALA sessions.

  • Focus on the ground – No horseback riding is involved. Instead, effective and deliberate techniques are utilized where the horses are metaphors in specific ground-based experiences.
  • Solution-Oriented – The basis of the EAGALA Model is a belief that all clients have the best solutions for themselves when given the opportunity to discover them.  Rather than instructing or directing solutions, we allow our clients to experiment, problem-solve, take risks, employ creativity, and find their own solutions that work best for them.



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The therapeutic riding lesson program is modeled after the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) guidelines for accredited operating centers. Therapeutic riding lessons are planned with the individual’s/parents’ educational, physical, social and recreational goals in mind.

Participants as young as four years and with a wide array of disabilities are active in our therapeutic riding program. Prospective students are provided with all pertinent information and with the forms required for application. Once all forms are completed and returned to us, a PATH certified Rein and Shine instructor will contact you to set up a lesson schedule.

During the initial visit, therapeutic goals are established, and from this point forward, progress is documented. Most participants have one 30-60 minute lesson each week for the length of the semester, with the majority continuing their lessons from one semester to the next. A PATH certified instructor, along with trained volunteers, conducts each lesson. Lesson activities may include developing basic riding skills, exercises, games, ground work, and trail riding.

We are proud to be a PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) Premiere Accredited Facility, and we have been providing horseback riding as therapy since 2001.

for more information on this therapeutic program go to www.reinandshine.org