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

How does EAL promote change in coping with PTSD and contribute to personal resilience?


Research: those coping with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) undergo decline in anxiety and stress by their interaction with horses.

The presence of horses has a calming effect which enables the participants to connect to their feelings in a safe environment.

Improvement of emotional regulation which is vital in coping with the feelings of detachment.


Horse characteristics:

  • Non judgmental companionshipHorses 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 his 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 it is successful.

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