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An intervention program to support soldiers using EAL (Equine Assisted Learning)



Events of October the 7th shocked all of us. Soldiers from varying combat units, supporting combat units, and regular and reserve units who lost dear ones.


What do we offer?

We offer intervention at moments of crisis with short term therapy treatments.

The goal of the intervention is to empower individuals and  their peer group while strengthening their defense mechanism and adapting mechanisms so that return to normal life can be achieved as soon as possible.

Intervention at the time of crisis assists individuals and groups to reestablish feelings of control and balance, by connection to the here and now (Kuper, Keisari 2024).

We offer a structured process to reestablish emotional resilience as a result of exposure to trauma.

It is important to emphasize, the work in developing emotional resilience which we offer, is important in crisis management but is not a substitute for PTSD treatments. Under these circumstances it is vital to incorporate specialized methods for dealing with trauma such as: PE, CPT, EMDR, SEE, FAR and CBT.


Why support soldiers now?

  • Because their functional ability has been compromised.

  • They struggle to overcome the differences between military action and civilian life.

  • They find themselves raging in situations which before only upset them.

  • Because they are less efficient soldiers when they experience decline in mental resilience.


How will supporting soldiers now result in a positive outcome?

The soldier will experience a feeling of support from the army, the soldier will recognize that the army invests in him, recognizes his needs and he will reclaim the ability to use his mental health resilience to prevent further development of PTSD.

Soldiers will be given tools to improve communication and mediation with the discrepencies that this situation has caused.


How do horses help?

Empowerment and control – engaging with an animal weighing over 600 kg, is an empowering experience. It reminds people that they have the ability to control their own environment.

For those who experienced helplessness during their trauma, this new control, produces change.

Non judgmental companionship - Horses do not analyze us or doubt stories they stand quietly and accept us for who we are.

Mirror our emotions – the horses reflect what we undergo unconsciously, our anxieties our fears our tranquility.

Horses are constantly reacting to us. The feedback that is transferred to the person enables him to regulate their own emotions.

Here and now – horses live in the here and now they react to us in a given time. Each change in our behavior or emotions will evoke a different reaction from the horse. Thus, the soldier will be able to renew his emotional resilience and to check in real time if the change has been is successful.

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