Welcome to Foxdale Equine Assisted Learning CIO


A Lincolnshire charity providing Equine Assisted Facilitation for children, young people and adults of all ages and abilities.


Background

Foxdale Equine Assisted Learning was established as a Community Interest Company (CIC) in 2014. In November 2018 we became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), registered with the Charity Commission.
Registered Charity number: 1180657

Where

We are based at Foxdale in the beautiful rural village of Oasby Lincolnshire courtesy of Mr. N.Wild and Mrs. G.Wild.

The Team

FEAL is managed by Tracy Wilson, a registered qualified social worker and EAL facilitator. Tracy and all the volunteers that help at FEAL have experience of working with children and adults in a variety of different settings.

What is Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)?

With the assistance of the exceptional intuition and insight of the horses and ponies, our unique service delivers outstanding results through Equine Assisted Learning (EAL).

EAL is a real life experiential learning opportunity through interaction with horses in an outdoor environment. There is no riding involved in EAL sessions and familiarity with horses is not necessary. We tailor-make our programmes to suit the needs of the group or individual.

Trustees

We have three Trustees:
Mary McDonald
Pieter Rieder
Mike Wentworth

Who can benefit from attending FEAL?

Equine assisted learning can benefit people of all ages and abilities. Our sessions provide opportunities to engage in therapeutic, non-riding interactions with the horses.

FEAL offers individual and small group sessions for people and carers living with (but not limited to):

  • Additional Needs
  • Physical disability
  • Dementia
  • Complex health needs
  • Mental ill-health
  • Bereavement support

Anyone can benefit from attending FEAL, for some people it is an opportunity to experience a peaceful, outdoor environment away from the stresses of everyday life or simply to work on personal growth and self-awareness.

We offer sessions for organisations as well as individuals including:

  • Residential & Nursing Care homes
  • Schools & Colleges
  • Local Authority
  • NHS organisations
  • Youth Offending Service
  • Charitable groups
  • Families & carers

Why Horses?

These relationships developed within an EAL process with horses is non-judgemental and there are no pre-conceived assumptions. The horses can provide us with instant feedback based on what is happening in the moment. This experience enables people to become more present, mindful, and self-aware which in turn can provide connection, partnership, trust, respect and personal growth improving confidence, and emotional well-being.

The special relationship between horses and human has evolved over thousands of years and the field of Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) has grown out of this special relationship and its applications are limitless. Horses are prey animals and therefore to survive in the wild need to be acutely aware of the body language and intention of any potential predator. They choose to live in a herd working collaboratively with each other and are sensitive, sentient beings, and as such have much to teach us about communication, relationships, and connection simply by spending time with them. Throughout an EAL session people can experience the horses and learn how to communicate and be with the horse in a way that the horse is comfortable and can understand.

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