Frequently Asked Questions

What is EAL / EAP ?

Equine Assisted Learning is a process in which groups or individuals work with horses, an equestrian specialist and a facilitator to develop their personal awareness, problem solving skills, team-working and leadership skills amongst others.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy involves using therapeutic activities in an arena to develop emotional growth and personal development with a team consisting of horses, a licensed therapist and a horse professional who can work together to address treatment goals.

What are the benefits for me?

The benefits of EAL are improved self-awareness, self-confidence, communication skills, relationship skills, problem solving and teamwork. Horses are able to read the most subtle cues and respond to the messages people give to them in that moment with complete honesty. Horses reflect back the emotional state of the participant, so that people learn that if they change their behaviour, the horses will respond differently. People can then translate that learning to their interactions with others.

What do I do - How does it work?

Participants will be in an arena with the horses, the equine specialist and facilitator. There is no horse riding involved, all of our work is ground based. The focus of all our Equine Assisted Therapies is not riding or horsemanship. In fact 100% of our workshops take place on the ground. The focus involves setting up activities involving the horses, which will require the client or group to apply certain skills e.g. leading a horse over a pole, or through a maze. Which can lead to personal reflections and FUN.

Can you cater for groups / residential weekends?

Yes, we have accommodation and facilities on site. Please contact a member of the team for more details.

How much does it cost?

There are various packages available based on individuals, groups or organisations - please contact us for more details.

How long is a session?

Sessions generally last between an hour to an hour and 30 mins depending on group sizes.

I don't know anything about horses / I don't like horses.

No knowledge or previous experience of horses is necessary. Even if you don't like horses this could actually be helpful in establishing ways of changing patterns of behaviour and experimenting with new approaches.

What if I'm afraid of horses?

No problem, many clients have initially had a fear of horses, we have a safe and supportive environment for you, where working with your fear may prove invaluable in developing new skills and revealing insights.

What should I wear?

Please wear sturdy and sensible footwear e.g. wellies or walking shoes. We recommend that you wear comfortable and easily washed clothes. Rain jackets, leggings and water boots are recommended for rainy days, sun hats, sun screen and fly repellent for hot days.

Sessions will be rescheduled in the case of storms, snow or high winds.

What clientele are EAL / EAP suitable for?

Equine Assisted Therapy is suitable for children of 4 years up, families, couples, teenagers and the retired to SME's and large corporations.

Tory Hill EAL Centre, Ballynaught, Bruree, Co. Limerick, Ireland. V35 Y103
Tel : (+353) 861947323    Email :