Why Choose Equine-Assisted Therapy?

Equine-Assisted PsychotherapyA boy working with a horse

  • Equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is effective in treating eating disorders, ADHD, anxiety, grief, PTSD, and other mental health issues
  • EAP focuses on human skills and incorporates horses exeperientially for emotional growth and learning
  • EAP uses a team approach – an equine specialist, a mental health professional, and horses – to work with individuals, families, or groups
  • Specific mental health treatment goals are identified and documented
  • EAP works with horses to address issues related to home, school, relationships, etc.

Equine-Assisted Learning

  • Equine-assisted learning (EAL) focuses on learning skills for educational goals which are defined by the individual or group
  • EAL helps clients concentrate on skills like leadership, resilience, trust, problem solving, and team building

EAGALA Certified


Mane Trail Stables is certified by EAGALA (Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning). EAGALA is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization developed to address the need for resources, education and professionalism in the fields of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning. The association has set the standard for professional excellence in how horses and humans work together to improve the quality of life and mental health of individuals, families and groups worldwide.

As a equine specialist, EAGALA certified, Mane Trail Stables is dedicated to:

  • using horses as tools for emotional growth and experiential learning
  • a team approach – bringing together an equine specialist, a mental health professional, and horses
  • effective and deliberate techniques and ground-based experiences; no horseback riding is involved
  • a solution-oriented approach that allows clients to experiment, take risks, employ creativity, and find the individualized solutions that work best for them
  • high standards and practices of ethics, ensuring best practices and the highest levels of care