Amaroo Equine offers an innovative and relational program based experience with horses in the Megalong Valley,
Blue Mountains. We work alongside a herd of unique horses who assist children, adolescents and adults to
develop awareness of self, others and their environment, understand their feelings and behaviours and transition
We are passionate about horses and supporting people to live the lives they want to lead. We enjoy
welcoming people to experience our property, escape the hustle and bustle of city life and every day
What is Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)?
EAL is an innovative form of experiential learning where participants develop new insight and learn new skills via relational experiences with horses.
EAL is a fast-growing modality across Australia as well as internationally. National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants benefit greatly from EAL services as do children and adolescents.
EAL can benefit everyone, from NDIS participants, those experiencing anxiety, stress, grief and loss to those wanting to explore themselves and begin living the life they want to live.
Who Attends EAL ?
- Children, adolescents and adults
- Siblings and families
- NDIS Participants
- Neurologically diverse people
- School groups
What are the benefits of EAL?
- Improved social skills
- Empathy and relationship skills
- Distress tolerance
- Confidence and self esteem
- Reducing stress
- Boundary setting
- Promoting movement and activity
- Meaningful connection
- Proven scientific benefits of mindfulness
- Increased attention
- Problem solving
- Connection with nature
Why Horses ?
Horses are beautiful, intelligent, sensitive and strong beings who can evoke strong feelings in participants or engage participants in the learning process. Calm and healthy horses can assist in co-regulating a participant’s nervous system, can model healthy living and expression of feelings, as well as offering non judgemental safety and trust. Horses can offer unique bio feedback and hold participants in a way traditional learning environments cannot. The natural environment can also contribute positvely to learning outcomes for participants.
” ‘I-Thou Horsemanship’ is an approach to Horsemanship that teaches an understanding of horse psychology, herd dynamics, and training principles that is grounded in ” ‘I-Thou relating’ – a theory and practice based on being-to-being connections that foster a depth of awareness, presence, deep listening, unconditional acceptance and working through challenges with breath and commitment.”
Meg Kirby (2012)