What is the EAGALA model?

The EAGALA Model provides a standard and structure for providing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning sessions. Practicing within a model establishes a foundation of key values and beliefs, and provides a basis of good practice and professionalism. The EAGALA Model provides a framework of practice, but within that framework, there are infinite opportunities for creativity and adaptability to various therapeutic and facilitating styles.


The Horse: Horses have many characteristics which lend them to be effective agents of change, including honesty, awareness, and the ability to use nonverbal communication. The role of the horses in an EAGALA session is to be themselves.
The Equine Specialist (ES)- The ES chooses the horses to be used in sessions, works with the Mental Health Professional to structure sessions, keeps the equine log to document horse behaviors in sessions, stays aware of safety and welfare of clients, horses, and team, and makes observations of horse SPUD’s (an EAGALA-developed observation framework taught in the certification training program) which can bring potential metaphors.

The Mental Health Professional (MH): The MH is responsible for treatment planning, documentation of clients, and ensuring ethical practice. The MH builds on the ES’s horse observations, bringing in the metaphoric and therapeutic/learning relevance of the session.

EAGALA and Mental Health Services:

  • Individuals/ Families
  • Groups
  • Leadership/ Team Building
  • PTSD
  • Grief and Loss
  • Veterans
  • Corporate Training
  • At-Risk Youth/ Bullying
  • Internships
  • CEU’s
  • And more, please contact us

Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship


Veterans Program and Drill Team

EAGALA and Mental Health Support Program

HSVA Horsemanship Club

Forever Young Seniors Riding Club

Mentoring Program

Paralympic Equestrian Dressage

PATH Instructor-In-Training

Volunteer Training

Horsemanship Skills

Community Service

Internships - Colleges and Universities

Able Body Riding / Horsemanship Skills