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Both Equine Facilitated and/or Assisted approaches are always measurable and evidence based in outcomes for both clinical practices, education and/or psychological practices for business and organisations.

However there are important differences between Equine Facilitation and Equine Assisted as training approaches and specifics in terms of professional practice are very different.


Equine Facilitated

The horse functions as an equal partner to the human facilitator in ‘helping bring about’[1] for a client or group, the relevant support strategies, to effect change in intra & interpersonal connection, clarity of intention, direction and leadership. Equine Facilitated interventions allow for simultaneous bio feed back from the horses who are uniquiely adapted to detect emotions or intentions in humans that are incongruent and/or dysfunctional.


Equine Facilitation is an inter-relational process between sentient beings which correlates directly with mindfulness practices and all emotional and social intelligence hierarchies.


Equine Facilitated training approaches are usually longer and more in depth as the Equine Facilitation services address the psycho-spiritual/holistic aspects of Human Growth and Development applied in the context of clinical and physiological therapies, educational programmes, coaching and organisational change structures.


Equine Assisted

The horse functions as a tool ‘giving support to’ [2] the human practitioner and thereby ‘the horse takes a less active role, either by acting as support staff or just being present during the session’[3].


Equine Assisted Services range from riding for the disabled to some physiological therapies, coaching and educational programmes.

[1] Merriam – Webster Dictionary as noted by Leif Hallberg 2008

[2] Merriam – Webster Dictionary as noted by Leif Hallberg 2008

[3] Leif Hallberg 2008

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