Therapeutic Equines

Great for Mind, Body and Soul.

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Winston S. Churchill.

Researchers report on the many and diverse benefits of therapeutic interactions with equines. For many of us who own equines we can tell very profound and personal stories of how our equines help us through challenges in life. Non ridden or ridden equines can and do provide humans with opportunities to stay physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy.

There are many services that now offer people the opportunity to enjoy equine therapy. The Non Ridden Equine Association UK has links to these organisations and you can find details on our Non Ridden Equine Friendly Businesses page.

On this page – Therapeutic Equine - we provide some links to resources to inspire, delight and educate from a rich diversity of voices. If you are looking for information on studying and professional training please scroll down the page for information on organisations that offer these services.   


Interesting Reads

Study & Professional Training

  • LEAP provides safe and healing Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) and Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) for individuals and groups, and to provide high quality, professional training for those who wish to become EFP/L practitioners.
  • Eponaquest, Linda Kohanov provides in depth training for practiitoners. USA based, now offering training and CPD in the rest of the world including the UK/Europe .  
  • Eagala provides a comprehensive certification process and member support network that is designed to train and empower professionals to become competent and proficient practitioners of the Eagala Model. USA based but has a UK Network and offers training and CPD in the UK
  • Equine Assisted Qualifications sets and monitors quality standards for its equine assisted learning centres and provides training and qualifications for facilitators and others involved with equine assisted learning. There are a number of EAQ Approved Centres in the UK and Australia offering interaction with horses for children, young people and adults leading to nationally-recognised qualifications.
  • EAHAE was founded by Gerhard Jes Krebs (HorseDream). EAHAE is a support platform, on which every member can develop her/his horse assisted education business.
  • Horse Haven UK Diploma Training will enable you, through a mixture of classroom and hands-on practical learning to become confident in your ability both as a facilitator and horse handler.
  • Horses Helping People, here you can find out more on a one day one to one training course. Our courses are an ideal introduction if you are just starting out on your journey, or a supportive step if you want to expand your knowledge.
  • IFEEL offers professional training for equine assisted facilitation, coaching and psychotherapy interventions.
  • Human-Equine Alliances for Learning (HEAL) USA based. 
  • EAL Academy is Training Focused and Results Driven: They are here to help equine assisted facilitators achieve their business goals. They provide tools, training, and coaching so facilitators can achieve their client’s goals through powerful learning programs with horses.  They only teach non ridden/ground activities and a facilitation approach that focuses on the horse-human connection, where horse feedback and wisdom are the heart of the learning experience. Based in the United States, although they offer programs worldwide. 

We are happy to include other organisations to this list. Please Get in Touch and let us kow of any other organisations that offer the opportunities for people to study and gain skills in Equine Therapy. 

The views expressed by contributors to the website may not necessarily be the view shared by you or the founding members of the Non Ridden Equine Association UK. The website content will be very diverse therefore impossible to apply a quality standard. Therefore we encourage you to use what you learn from here with common sense and with on-going support from professionals of your choice.