Welcome to EAL (Equine Assisted Learning) @ Wirraway

Wirraway Homestead has been delivering camps to private sector and SA public schools for over 40 years and has had an enormous positive impact for the 3000+ students attending Wirraway annually.  Our horse program has been a major part of these camps where young people have not only learnt to ride but have also learnt how to care for and handle horses.  We have seen the positive impact the horses have on people and for this reason we are expanding our program to now include EAL.

 “Since attending EAL lessons at Wirraway, family friends, teachers and ourselves have noticed a great difference in her confidence level, socializing, attentiveness and ability in managing her anxiety.

(parent of participant)

What is EAL (Equine Assisted Learning)?

EAL is a program that utilises various activities with horses to provide opportunities for the person to explore new ways of approaching situations and challenges that can then be applied to all parts of life.

Why Horses?

EAL is unique in its approach because of the horses.  Horses are social animals and are a part of a herd and have defined roles within the herd.  They have unique personalities with different attitudes, characteristics, reactions and responses.  Horses are strong, powerful and intimidating but are also a prey animal, and therefore they need to be aware of their surroundings and be quick to react to guarantee their safety and survival.  Due to these traits of the horse, an interaction with them provides great metaphors for dealing with life’s challenges.

Equine Assisted Learning Outcomes

Through the EAL activities participants can experience improvements in the following areas, but not limited to:

  • Respect for self and others and developing compassion.
  • Understanding safety –
  • develop strategies to preserve personal safety and the safety of others.
  • Strategies for overcoming negative habits.
  • Recognising the effects of peer pressure.
  • Acknowledging and embracing their individuality, self worth and recognising their potential.
  • Responding and dealing with fears, anger and anxiety in a helpful way.
  • Making choices and understanding consequences.
  • Developing strategies in problem solving and thinking creatively.
  • Team building and communication skills.
  • Making choices and understanding consequences.

The program is adaptable to assist the specific needs and goals of the person or group.  Sessions are planned and run by trained facilitators to engage their client according to their desired learning outcomes.  Being generally ground based activities, EAL is performed in both indoor and outdoor environments to provide for the best learning opportunities.  Previous horse experience is not required.

 “I appreciated the facilitators not shying away from the realities of the girl’s emotions and the way they helped coach them through this and relate it to other challenges in life.”

(School Teacher Feedback)

Who is EAL for?

Wirraway offers the EAL program primarily to young people aged between 10-18 years, however, the Wirraway EAL program is also open to families, corporate groups and sporting groups. No matter which group you are from, no prior horse experience is necessary.

For more details including costs and availability please call 0472 656 078 or email [email protected]

Download our brochure Here

Several of my students have made some amazing observations about their own behaviour and we have been able to reflect on this in case management sessions enabling them to make some positive improvements in their lives. (Flexible Learning Centre Staff)