Dual King Ranch offers assisted equine learning experiences. Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is a combination of activities and events conducted by experienced horse professionals that utilize many of the same scenarios as equine therapy. Unlike Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), a therapist does not need to be present for all sessions and activities. Our staff is uniquely qualified and are all highly skilled at integrating our value system, which is the very foundation of everything we do at the ranch.
EAL is actually a combination of equine therapy and riding instructions or lessons. Equine learning experiences can be customized to meet the needs, requirements and level of ability of the participants. Activities can range from the basic care and grooming of a horse to preparing themselves and their horse for a ride. More advanced participants can enter competitions or even go out on wilderness excursions. All of our activities are structured for individuals or groups.
Unlike traditional riding lessons where instructors teach a person to learn a certain way, we provide an environment for a person to find out for themselves what is working and what is not. This provides a setting for people that will help build their communication skills, trust in themselves, bolster confidence, develop better judgment and give them the opportunity to learn how to manage their emotions and be accountable for their actions. While working with horses, the participants must truly focus and learn the necessary skills to be successful in the program. By accomplishing the goals they set for themselves in horsemanship skills, the participants are often able to translate the same desire for accomplishment into their daily lives. Whether working with horses or dealing with another situation in life, the basic skills required to become successful are the same.