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Equine Facilitated Learning and Development

Equine Facilitated Learning & Development (EFLD) is an experiential way of becoming more self-ware, built around interaction with horses. It is a way to help people build their confidence, enhance their communication skills and discover their ‘authentic selves’. Here at Chater Valley we offer a series of introductory one-day programmes aimed at people leading in a learning environment (call 01780 720660 to book a place). Each one day session is tailored to participants.

Confidence, Communication, Respect – these are just a few of the skills that we need to succeed at home, at school, at work and in life generally. Equine Facilitated Learning 7 Development (EFLD) is an experiential technique that uses activities with horses to help people learn important life skills. Good communication, respect for self and others, and how we are perceived are just a few of the skills that EFLD builds and you will learn by participating in one of our programmes.

Why Horses?

Communication is not only about what we say but also how we say it. A horse cares nothing about your titles or position – it will trust you if it senses you are being your authentic self. Trust builds respect and respect (with clear intentions) enables fellowship.are social creatures who readily and honestly respond to the challenges inherent in forming and sustaining relationships. As animals preyed upon in nature, they have retained a highly developed ability to sense changes in the stance of other herd members; an ability they have honed over 50 million years of existence which they easily to interactions with human beings. Because of this, they are excellent mirrors of our inner selves – they reflect what we really feel, not just the image that we try to convey. Horses see through the slight incongruities of emotion and intention, yet they are exceedingly patient and forgiving. In Equine Facilitated Learning we use this unique ability to help people to become more self-aware; the horses will react to you exactly as you present yourself and will provide immediate insights and a clear, unfiltered understanding of your impact. In summary horses teach us the importance of self-awareness, authenticity, clear boundaries, flexibility and cooperation in handling the relationships in our lives. Join us for a powerful session that will provide sustainable shifts in your leadership communication, mindset and behaviour.

What can you expect? Anyone can benefit from Equine Facilitated Learning & Development – riding is not part of the process. No horse experience is required. EFLD involves working on the ground with horses in a safe setting with an experienced facilitator. Just a single session can have life changing effects as participants open to their true potential. You will feel safe (physically and emotionally); you will get something valuable from the experience; and it will be a refreshing day – where you can reflect and take some time to evaluate the next steps of putting your new awareness into practice. 

What will we be doing?

  • A range of activities that enable you to reflect on your communication skills – to check what you are ‘transmitting’ is what is being ‘received’
  • Gathering and sharing feedback from each other, and most importantly from the real ‘teachers’ on the day, the horses.

If you would prefer a one-to-one session, make an appointment in confidence by emailing