Focus on the Ground

 

 

No horseback riding is involved in the EAGALA model of EAP and EAL. Instead, effective and deliberate techniques are utilized where the horses are metaphors in specific ground-based experiences. We have choosen this model for practice because the riding of horses serves to create an unequal power dynamic between horse and rider. It can shut down both the client's and the horse's ability to respond. Because we are seeking the horse's reaction to the client we do not want to set up a situation that may muffle the horse's response.