Phone

Barn - (317) 416-8632
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Physical Address:
5129 N 600 W
(aka Mt Comfort Rd/Olio Rd)
McCordsville Indiana 46055
Lessons - Stacey Sheley
(317) 416-8632
Lessons - Lindsey Keeven
(317) 418-8933
Camp Director - Andi
(219) 296-8776
Please call between regular business hours.

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Thoughts

Therapy

Open Door Equine uses the EAGALA model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning.

The EAGALA model is:

Ground work consisting of a collaborative effort between a mental health professional and a horse professional working with clients and horses to address treatment goals. The results of the psychotherapy or learning are personal and form the basis of future experience and learning. Clients are engaged intellectually, emotionally, socially, soulfully and or physically. The learning experience includes the possibility to learn from natural consequences, mistakes and successes.

What is EAP?

EAP is a system of co-therapy that includes; a licenced therapist, an equine specialist and one or more horses.

Why horses?

The horses are big, have a mind of their own, and create a natural opportunity for clients to over come fears and develop confidence. Horses are also social animals that develop a deep bond with herd mates and people. The horses’ responses give the client and the treatment team information that brings awareness of current patterns and motivates change to new ones.

The horses become the symbols of the clients life experiences and allow opportunities to create change.

EAP is about the relationship between the horses and the clients, not the relationship of the facilitators and the clients.

Equine Assisted Learning

EAL is an experiential self discovery in learning goals using horses as a touchstone. Non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking and problem solving, leadership, work, taking responsibility, teamwork and relationships, confidence and attitude are several examples of the tools utilized and developed by EAP and EAL