Tag Archives: EAGALA

Walk alongside

The EAGALA method of equine assisted learning is based on the emergence of metaphor to raise and refine meaning and understanding. I just finished my second trip through the initial training. In one session, we were asked to work in … Continue reading

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Metaphorical Tradeoffs

Entering the EAGALA arena is entering the land of metaphor. It is this journey into the world of metaphor that allows me to take my Elementary Science Methods students from inner city Hamline University into a collaborative relationship with 1000-pound … Continue reading

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Trust the Process

On Saturday, I took eight students from my elementary science methods class to Cross P Ranch for a morning with the EAGALA model of equine assisted learning. We used the unique environment of the horse arena to engage in a … Continue reading

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Know Yourself

A question I often ask of new teachers is “Do you know yourself?” This is commonly met with a quizzical and puzzled look. Yet knowing who we are, how we think, what we believe, how we respond, and how we … Continue reading

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Facing Forward

They set a goal of moving their horse to the fence. Clear, specific, and measurable. All the indicators of a solid working objective – and now to work. They had earlier made the discovery that the placement of a halter … Continue reading

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Why horses?

Saturday morning I was able to reconnect with the Minnesota EAGALA community at Acres for Life in Chisago City. I had invited my elementary science methods class to spend a morning in a horse arena to talk about the art … Continue reading

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Science Methods in the EAGALA Arena?

By the time I get to the end of the week, I’m tired – anxious to sleep in on a quiet Saturday morning. Yet this Saturday morning I found myself standing in the rain in the arena at Cross P … Continue reading

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The Pedagogy of Equus, Post #3: The Experiential Nature of Learning

The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) approach to facilitating a client’s journey to greater insight into their own mental health offers a strong, clear context for the mental health professional. I recently had the pleasure of completing a … Continue reading

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A Pedagogy of Equus, Post #2: Leading with Questions

     The facilitators at last week’s EAGALA training excelled at the practice of leading through questions. To better understand the EAGALA process participants would ask questions. They were sincere questions honestly asked. What they anticipated was an answer or … Continue reading

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A Pedagogy of Equus, Post #1: Talking Through the Horse

     Last week I attended Part One of the EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) certification training. EAGALA is a form of equine assisted therapy rooted in working with clients on the ground, utilizing clean language as means … Continue reading

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