What is EAL?
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is a learner based educational experience with horses. More specifically, EAL is an effective approach to human development that encourages individual and team growth. Participants will engage in objectively driven exercises and find themselves learning valuable life skills in a fun and exciting atmosphere all while working with horses.
People are always asking why this program? Will this program work? What makes it different? It’s simple … A horse! There is nothing like a 1200lb teacher. By nature, horses are highly intuitive and have innate sensitivity, in which they consistently react to stimulus provided by participants. One of the joys about working with horses is that they do not judge, but they constantly assess. Their feedback is honest and immediate. Learning to listen to what a horse is saying is powerful and can often bring answers to develop individual change.
How? Horses can magnify an individual’s problem immediately and provide a skilled facilitator with an opportunity to identify character within the participant. Horse don’t over think a participant’s motive but they do challenge their behaviour and leadership. A horse will always seek leadership and when they don’t have a leader, they will become the leader. Participants quickly learn the importance of leadership, and most importantly how to be a leader to themselves.
Who are we?
Ultra Equine are proud members and certified facilitators through Equine Connection – the Academy of Assisted Learning. We are a fully insured business and are governed by Equine Canada and the EAL Network. The Academy of Equine Assisted Learning is a global program and is the only nationally recognized EAL program that emphasizes its BuildingBlockTM curriculum of facilitating life skills through positive reinforcement and interaction with horses. This program has been approved by the Calgary Board of Education, where Equine Connection has had an ongoing contract as service providers for the last several years.
What’s this Workshop all about?
Ultra Equine is offering a unique introduction to Equine Assisted Learning at this year’s Educational Spring Fling. The objectives for this Skills Development/Team Building Workshop are Relationship Building and Communication. This opportunity will give participants a hands-on experience and see first hand what Equine Assisted Learning is really all about. It will also provide insight to all the benefits it can give to potential clients.
Administration, teachers, support staff, and service providers
What to Bring
• Proper foot wear (closed toe)
• Comfortable clothing – best to dress in layers and be prepared for the weather
• Allergy medication (only applicable if you have allergies to horses – Knowing is half the battle)
• Registration and Allergy forms - emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to workshop
• All needed materials
• Safety equipment (helmets)
• Refreshments, snacks, and lunch
What’s to be expected
• No horse experience needed (we will inform everyone on rules and safety precautions)
• All participants are required to sign a liability insurance waiver and a photo release consent
• It’s okay to be scared of horses (if you aren’t being pushed out of your comfort zone, you aren’t learning. This is an opportunity to overcome your fears or preconceived notions)
This session is full.
Krista Hill, Business Owner/Certified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator
I often refer to the quote “Horses aren’t my whole life … They make my life whole”. Growing up on my family’s cattle ranch on the beautiful south shore of Francios Lake is something I will always be thankful for. I cherish every minute I get to spend there, and mostly I enjoy learning the wealth of knowledge that continues to be passed down to me. I have always had a desire to connect with animals, especially horses, in which I have great respect for. Horses have given me a lot to be grateful for, and are amazing teachers. They have shown me the meaning of respect, how to trust, how to be a confident leader, a team player, to be self aware and have given me so much wellness in life.
By nature, I am caring and kind, which has also led me on a path to helping people. Over the years I have worked in a variety of supporting roles helping individuals in a variety of ways. For the past 6 years I have worked for School District No. 57, both an Aboriginal Education Worker and as Youth Care Worker in Alternate Education. Both of these roles have really made me think about ways I could better support, empower, and help guide our youth in a positive way. I think this has really inspired me to follow my passion.
My dream has always been to work with both people and horses, but I never really knew how to go about it. One day in March of 2017, I was talking to my friend, who introduced me to a program called Equine Assisted Learning. From there I started doing my research, and right away I knew this would be my calling. Five months later, I found myself in Calgary taking an Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator course through Equine Connection - the Academy of Equine Assisted Learning and I now have my own business called “Ultra Equine – Horses Enhancing Lives”.
I can honestly say I now have my dream job! It’s fun, positive, and powerful.