WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“It was way better than therapy ... and believe me, I have done a lot of therapy!"
aka Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL)
& Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)
Are you living with anxiety, doubt or stress?
Does your child have development concerns - social, physical, emotional?
Are you carrying baggage that you'd like to let go of?
Do you care for one or more people and need supportive, recharging time for self?
Are you looking for something a little bit different to treat yourself or gift a friend to?
And so the list of those we can support goes on!
Depending on your reasons for coming, we may recommend one or more sessions to ensure maximum benefit from the work. Session duration, frequency and cost depend on your reason for coming.
NOTE : We are not medical specialists and do not diagnose, categorise, advise, assess or fix!
EQUINE THERAPY at Eureka offers unique interactive experiences with our calm, non-judgemental, patient horses that can help improve your wellbeing, support personal change and growth, develop life skills and help you learn more about yourself through interaction with our herd of peaceful and wise horses.
As well as helping with every day issues and concerns, or digging deeper into the meaning of life, we help people experiencing anxiety, stress, and a myriad of other issues.
Horses' extremely large and sensitive guts and hearts mean they have very large resonant surfaces for receiving and responding to emotional information. Clinical research has shown that being in close proximity to horses changes human brain wave patterns and heart rate.
It has also been shown that touching helps release oxytocin, our 'trust' hormone. Just being with the horses can help you attain a balanced, harmonious state of being.
Oxytocin can help induce feelings of optimism, increase self esteem, build trust, help people overcome social inhibitions and fears. It may also be effective in treating debilitating shyness and help people with mood disorders and PTSD. Appropriate interaction with horses can therefore prove therapeutic to adults and children alike and bring about very positive transformations. Mounted work is sometimes offered to clients but most EEL work is done on the ground.
Soo has intentionally trained with several different approaches towards EAL. Combining this knowledge, guidance from the horses, intuition and her wide range of life experiences, Soo tailors each session to the participant(s). Sessions are for individuals or groups.
Why horses ?
With their magnetic beauty and tremendous power, horses catch our attention. They have been scientifically proven to co-regulate our nervous systems and thus calm us.
Horses don't care what we say or wear! They offer us undeniable reflections of our emotions, feelings and behaviours. Horses live with their minds in the moment and as such are perfect teachers in the art of mindfulness.
Through their silent non-judgemental communication, and their complete lack of assumption or criticism, horses can help us grow by discovering our unconscious beliefs, recognise our habitual patterns of behaviour, overcome fears and blocks and ultimately become our authentic selves.
Horses respond to the immediacy of our intent and behaviour and can help teach that openness, honesty and vulnerability are our best options. Mutual trust, confidence, self esteem, self awareness, focus, observation, communication skills, co-ordination, motor skills, respect and kindness are a few of the many lessons they teach. Each horse is as unique as we are and they all have their own personality. Different horses therefore may teach different lessons!
Horses are the greatest of non verbal communication models. It is so important to remember that time spent in their space is an invitation to learn not a privilege.