What is Munchkins & Minis?
Fun for all ages! A one of a kind parents (or grandparents) and tots class that introduces children to the wonderful world of ponies while teaching empathy, respect, and kindness through tried and test EAL learning principles and activities. All our programs are taught by certified EAL facilitators with safety in mind.
What is EAL?
Equine Assisted Learning, or EAL, is a unique and effective approach to personal and leadership development in which horses play an essential educational role. It is a proactive and experiential approach to empowering individuals through interactive group exercises that teach transferable life skills.
The unique nature of the horse, that is both sensitive, reflective, and aware, helps to make them exceptional teachers in the hands-on setting EAL programs provide. Horses are able to recognize key non-verbal signs in human voice and movement, allowing them to recognize the difference between someone who is calm versus someone who is anxious or nervous in their energy. Working together with groups and teams, horses used in EAL assist and guide participants through a range of activities and learning programs.
In their natural environment, horses operate under specific herd dynamics which help to ensure survival. Horses depend on one another, and on having strong leadership when faced with daunting circumstances. Using these same principles of herd dynamics, our programs help team harness the inherit instincts and energy of our horses, through rigorously designed team building and leadership exercises. The sensitivity and intuition of the horse ensures that participants regularly receive constant and honest feedback to help them grow, learn, and get things just right!
EAL programs benefit everyone, regardless of your horse experience. To participate no prior riding or horse experience is required; all activities are performed on the ground with trained and certified facilitators on hand at all times.
Horses are inherently sensitive and reactive, making them acutely aware of subtle non-verbal cues and their surrounding environment. They know how to discern the differences in attitude and demeanour, from a calm non-threatening approach to anxious or nervous energy. This awareness makes horses excellent teachers and guides in the realm of experiential learning offered as part of Equine Assisted Learning programs.