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Training & Education for Horse-Human Alliance Work

Confused about the "alphabet soup" of Horse-Human Alliance work?

We'll help you clear it up and make informed decisions about what program and philosophy best match your vision.

Three factors are instrumental in your choice of program:

  1. Determining which population you want to serve
  2. Determining if your program will offer any riding of horses
  3. Determining what you believe facilitates change

I believe it’s important to know and understand the various theoretical models of equine assisted practices, and what their key differences are.

It may be that you pick and choose to create your own unique program, or it may be that you find you’re a perfect fit for one model over another based on the population you serve and the way you integrate horses.

Having a theoretical home gives you a basis for everything else you do. It will also give you the company and support of other professionals practicing the way you are, which can be invaluable. The most important thing is to learn about the various options open to you!

Below are some of the most well-known in the field of Horse-Human Alliance work.

EAGALA: Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association

The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association is dedicated to improving the mental health of individuals, families, and groups around the world by setting the standard of excellence in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.

Read more about EAGALA and to listen to an interview with EAGALA Co-founder and executive director Lynn Thomas.

PATH International (formerly EFMHA: Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association)

EFMHA's mission: to advance the field for individuals who partner with equine to promote human growth and development, so that our members, clients and equines can succeed and flourish.

Read more about EFMHA and to listen to an interview with EFMHA President Trish Broersma. EFMHA incorporates both riding and non-riding into therapeutic treatment.

Natural Lifemanship

Natural Lifemanship utilizes horse physiology to regulate human physiology, and horse psychology to heal human psychology through Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP™). The relationship between the horse and the human is the foundation for healing. Learn more at http://naturallifemanship.com/.

EGEA: Equine Guided Education Association

EGEA's vision is to re-connect people to land and nature through various horse as healer/teacher learning models so that each can heal each other.

Read more about EGEA and to listen to an interview with EGEA Co-founder and President Ariana Strozzi.

Epona Equestrian Services

Founded in 1997 by author Linda Kohanov, EES offers a year-long apprenticeship program on the Epona Approach.

Read more about Epona.

Prescott College: Master's Program in Equine Assisted Learning

Read more about the Master's Program.