What is EFL?
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Learn How With The Awareness Key
What is Equine Facilitated Learning and how does it work?
Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) with The Awareness Key is self-awareness taught through interaction with horses in order to improve your home, work, social and sporting experiences today and in the future.
By engaging in a series of equine-based activities tailored to help you reach your goals, you will become aware of how your subconscious actions and moods affect the horse. The practitioner will help you understand why the horse is reacting in a certain way to your behaviours and guide you to discover how small changes can make big differences in seeing the world and how the world sees you.
It is through observing the horse’s reactions and skills that The Awareness Key will teach you how to develop your personal skills to cope effectively with life’s challenges whether at home, at school or at work. EFL with The Awareness Key will help you to take control of your life, to challenge yourself, to achieve more than you ever thought you could. It will help bring about calmness, clarity, deep satisfaction and a sense of wellbeing. It will help you realise your full potential at work, at home, in sport and in a social setting. Sounds amazing? It is!
How does EFL work?
You may well be wondering how horses can help you achieve so much! Horses are herd animals who rely on other horses in the herd for survival. They are fine-tuned to understand and react instinctively to the behaviour and body language of those around them. Did you know that a horse is able to detect a human heartbeat from over a metre away? Every movement, thought or action you make subconsciously conveys a message – and you are probably unaware of how significant this is and how it affects other people. A horse will react to it immediately. As a basic example, if you are nervous a horse will pick up on these feelings; whereas if you are calm and confident, the horse will feel secure and work better.
As well as being particularly well attuned to responding to humans’ different behaviours, body language and moods, horses are incapable of lying. Their reactions are unconditional which means that they act as a living mirror. They are able to provide immediate, honest, non-judgemental feedback on how you feel, speak and move. Horses will respond to respect and skill, they will learn to trust you, you will learn to respect them.
Horses are one of the best examples of teamwork! By understanding how they work seamlessly with one another irrespective of their status and from their unbiased feedback, The Awareness Key will show you how to get the best from your work colleagues or sports team members.
Horses are also surprisingly supportive and accepting even if you struggle to accept yourself; they can tell immediately if you are worried or concerned about something. It is their inherent honesty that provides them with the ability to foster change.
Irrespective of your age, gender or personal status, a horse will take you at face value and react to your presence. It is from their reactions that you can learn so much about yourself.
EFL is proven to be effective
There have been a number of studies undertaken in an attempt to understand and explain why EFL is so effective. Click on the links to learn more:
Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin Vol 2
Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin Vol 1
Child Youth Case Forum
Lorna, Retired Nurse
“Having concluded a course of EFL, I found it very interesting and helpful in demonstrating various personality traits and realising how conditioned we become in reacting to internal and external influences. It helped to neutralise negatives (discomfort, anxiety) and work through situations which would usually have been difficult. By understanding reactions and interactions, coping mechanisms can be put in place. With self-knowledge comes the ability to change negative responses. Using horses is a very natural and calming method of demonstration, providing the quiet and space to work through difficulties and is very beneficial.”