F.E.E.L is a Life Skills Development Program that uses Horses as a Catalyst for Change.
F.E.E.L. Is an acronym for Facilitated Equine Assisted Learning Ltd.
We offer the First Nationally Recognized EAL Program in Canada. We are unique, we are innovative, experiential and fun. We have research backing our programs with proven results and outcomes.
WHAT IS EAL?
Equine-Assisted Learning is a learner based educational experience with horses. More specifically, EAL is an effective approach to human development that
Encourages individual and team growth. Participants engage in objectively driven exercises and find themselves learning valuable life skills in a fun and exciting atmosphere while working with horses.
DO WE RIDE THE HORSES?
No. All of the work is done out of the saddle, on ground. You will work alongside the horse as part of your team. The horse needs to “be true” as himself and “not on the job” as he would be under saddle. Let a horse whispers in your ear, and breathe on your heart, you will never regret it.
Why choose a 1200-pound teacher?
There is no pushing around these teachers. Our participants will have to step up. If a horse doesn’t have a leader, they will become the leader.
They are a prey animal.
This means their senses are highly astute. They can hear our heart-beat and they will react the slightest changes within a team – allowing facilitators to find those “teachable moments”.
They are just like us – sort of.
Horses have a lot to teach us, but they are also a lot like us. Herds to horses are teams to people. Horses require a leader that they trust and respect, just like we would love to have in the workplace. These parallels give us the ability to parallel everything that happens to real life so that what you learn really sticks!
Quite simply, the horse does the teaching; facilitators are there to offer explanation and provide guidance as they work through the solution. Working with horses creates memories that we can apply to our lives and retain far longer than sitting in ‘just another classroom’.
DO I NEED EXPERIENCE WITH HORSES?
Absolutely not. Our program does not require you to ride a horse, so no prior experience is necessary. We inform every group of the rules and safety precautions to take around the animals and the arena. We always put safety first and we can accommodate everyone’s different comfort levels around the horses.
WHAT IF I’M SCARED OR DON’T LIKE HORSES?
No worries! If you aren’t being pushed out of your comfort zone, you aren’t learning. This is an opportunity to overcome your fears or preconceived notions. Some of the people who have attended our workshops have started out petrified, but by the end of the program, they have all learned more about themselves and overcome their fear.
WHAT IF I’M ALLERGIC?
Knowing is half the battle !! just take your allergy medicine as prescribed and you should be fine.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Comfortable jeans or pants suitable for working around horses, Dress according to current weather conditions. No open toed shoes. Working with horses can be dirty, wear clothing easily washed if soiled.
ARE YOU CERTIFIED AND INSURED?
YES!!! Darlene Fenske, Brenda Sloat, Sandi Hesse, Shelby Hesse, and Taylor Fenske are all through the first Nationally Recognized ,Certified Equine-Assisted Learning Course at the Academy of Equine Assisted Learning. His is a leading Organization in EAL and offers the ONLY Certified Building Block Program in Canada. With Safety our number ONE priority, we carry full insurance for all participants attending the course. Our staff are also qualified in NVCI (NonViolent Crisis Intervention), CPR/First aid , and Horsemanship.
HOW FAR AWAY ARE YOU?
We are just a short 45 min. drive to the country from Edmonton.
35min. North of St. Albert down Highway 2.
10 min. West of Legal on Secondary Road 651
25 min. South of Westlock on Highway 44.
26117-Township Road 580 Sturgeon County
Plenty of Parking Available