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Professional experiential therapy that drives change.




The Eagala Model is so effective because it embraces the science that humans learn best by doing. The model prescribes a hands-on approach where clients are given the space to project and analyze their situations, make connections, and find their own solutions. 

Since the solutions are personally experienced in conjunction with intellectual understanding, they tend to be deeper, more profound, and longer lasting.

 “I have had many ‘talk therapies’ in my life, but this was totally different and very powerful – I could step away from my usual intellectualizing and just be and maybe it was this that enabled me to gain so much insight and to really ‘cut through’ stuff. This therapy has really changed things for me. I have noticed less fear and more inner stability.” - Client with history of domestic violence and mental health diagnosis


How it works.

The Eagala Model is a team approach that includes a licensed, credentialed Mental Health Professional, and a qualified Equine Specialist, and horses working together with the client at all times.

When inside the arena, all the work is done on the ground with the horses front and center, deliberately unhindered and never ridden, and allowed to interact with the client as they wish.

This creates the space for the client, with the support of the professional facilitators, to reflect, project, and make deep connections.


"Therapists were surprised at the changes they could see in their clients, several of whom were actively regaining control over their lives." - Wanda Kay Whittlesey-Jerome, Journal of Counseling and Professional Psychology


Why Horses?

Intelligent Prey Animals

To evade predators, horses have evolved to be extremely sensitive to their environment. They instinctively analyze and react to our body language and other nonverbal cues providing us with valuable feedback and insights for other areas of our lives.

Large and Powerful

It's hard to ignore a horse with their size and presence. We can't just control a powerful horse. Approaching horses helps us reflect on how we approach our relationships, and how we can face other big or overwhelming things in our lives.

Herd Animals with Distinct Personalities

Horses are social animals with defined roles within a herd. They have distinct personalities, attitudes, and moods. They could be stubborn or they could be playful. In other words, horses are a lot like us.

"The Eagala Model is one of the most respectful ways I have ever found to work with horses." - Mark Lytle, Equine Specialist

Looking for Eagala Model services? Find an Eagala Model program near you.

Interested in practicing the Eagala Model? Learn more about certification. 


  "In the six weeks that I did the program, I feel like a completely different person. This has been absolutely the best thing I've experienced with regards to my PTSD." - Steve S., OEF/OIF Veteran