Benefits of equine assisted learning (EAL)

Equine assisted learning specifically supports the development of social and emotional learning competencies for individuals, groups and professionals.

Areas of social and emotional learning which may be explored through equine assisted learning include:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills
  • Decision making

Benefits of this unique person- and equine-centred experiential learning approach include:

  • Personal and professional growth
  • Improved social and emotional management skills
  • Deeper empathy and reduced conflict
  • Increased resilience
  • Development of reflective learning skills to plan positive next steps moving forwards

Benefits of equine assisted activities (EAA)

Equine assisted activities support the development of transferable life and employability skills including:

  • Increased self-confidence
  • Positive attachment and relationships
  • Increased resilience
  • A clear sense of responsibility
  • A genuine sense of personal achievement and meaningful contribution

What we’ve delivered

In the last year*

  • 111 people attended equine assisted learning (EAL) and equine assisted activities (EAA) sessions with our rescued horses and ponies
  • 881 hours of EAL, EAA and attendance at educational events by people in our community
  • 28 equine assisted wellbeing sessions provided to frontline workers as part of the #HopeForCovidHeroes pilot

*reporting period of November 2020 to October 2021

#HopeForCovidHeroes – an equine assisted wellbeing project for frontline workers

During the Covid-19 pandemic we became involved in a national a project to improve the wellbeing of frontline workers through equine assisted wellbeing sessions. The project was a collaboration between UK federation members of the Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI (UK)) and was coordinated by Dr Celia Grummit of Gul Outdoor Therapy.


  • “They just have a way of just knowing what you’re feeling without saying anything.” A participant in ‘This Girl Can Exercise with Equines’ programme, 2021
  • “Powerful, emotional and a reminder to push myself.” An equine assisted learning participant, 2022
  • Our work with Sport England to provide ‘This Girl Can Exercise with Equines’ can be viewed on BBC News