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What is EAGALA?

Eagala stands for Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. It was co-founded by Lynn Thomas, LCSW, in Utah in 1999, and has continued to evolve and develop ever since.


Now, it is the largest, most established professional organization for equine-assisted psychotherapy and personal development in the world, with over 2,500 members in 40 countries, 500 credentialed programs, and 90 local networking groups. It supports members throughout the regions of Africa, Europe/Middle East, Latin America, the Pacific, and the U.S. and Canada.

Eagala’s philosophy is about holding space, believing in the innate abilities of our clients and horses, avoiding judgment and interpretation, embracing confidentiality and emotional safety, and mastering skill sets that apply to many areas of life.


Our aim is to provide clients with the latitude to discover, learn and grow from the horse-human relationship.


Our 4 standards include:

  • Team Approach: sessions always include a licensed mental health practitioner (MH) an Equine Specialist (ES), and horses.


  • Ground based- Horses often become part of someone's story in sessions, and therefore need the freedom to interact and respond as themselves, so all sessions are on the ground (no riding), and the horses are not haltered. To learn more about this go to the "Why Horses?" post.

  • Solution focused- There is a natural unfolding that occurs as you are free to explore and ponder and listen within yourself for insights. Since these solutions are personally experienced at emotional and physical levels in conjunction with intellectual understanding, they tend to be deeper, more profound, and longer lasting. 

  • Code of ethics- Eagala’s certified professionals are committed to following our code of ethics, upholding principles, and ensuring best practices and the highest level of care for our clients.

To learn more about Eagala, click here and check out the video below


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