EAQ® - Accredited Training and Qualifications for Equine Assisted and Equine Facilitated Learning
EAQ® is an umbrella organisation which focusses on supporting those who offer experiential equine assisted learning, therapy and qualifications. EAQ supports a growing network of equine assisted learning centres throughout the UK and Australia.
EAQ offers independently accredited training as well as support and guidance for those who wish to work as equine assisted learning facilitators providing experiential equine assisted learning.
The EAQ Mission
EAQ is an innovative organisation aiming to make experiential equine assisted learning accessible to individuals and groups via a network of approved centres. EAQ is committed to developing and providing education, training and qualifications and setting standards of excellence for horse welfare, learners, trainers and other professionals. By promoting excellence in the provision of equine assisted learning, we aim to be an exceptional company making a valuable contribution to the welfare of the horse as well as the development of individuals and the wider community.
Equine assisted learning takes many forms and has many names, including: Equine Assisted Learning, EAL; Equine Assisted Coaching; Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, EAP; Equine Assisted Therapy, EAT; Equine Assisted Training; Equine Assisted Personal Development; Equine Facilitated Learning, EFL; Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, EFP; Equine Facilitated Coaching; Equine Facilitated Training; Equine Facilitated Therapy, EFT; Horse Boy Method; Horse Therapy; Pony Therapy; Horse Power.
Whatever the name, the idea is the same - that horses can help humans grow and develop from the inside. Winston Churchill is quoted as saying "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."
Anyone who has experienced being around horses will understand that sentiment.
EAQ founder, Tricia Day, began her career by training child care workers and was involved in writing the first NVQs in Child Care in the late 1980s. She set up her own training company which offered NVQs in a range of subjects including child care, management, customer care, sales, administration, IT, key skills and playwork.
Tricia's first love has always been horses, so when the opportunity arose for her to develop equine assisted programmes she jumped at the chance. She was the first person in the UK to take horses into a prison environment to work with offenders on developing their communication skills using horses to help them.
Tricia wrote the first independently accredited units especially for facilitators of equine assisted learning. These units are approved by the Open College Network South West Region (OCNSWR) for use in the equine assisted learning industry. Lynne Elstob, the OCN Quality Reviewer said “Everything about this course is good practice and some of it is ground-breaking with its careful and appropriate use of technology. Very impressive in every way.”
EAQ offers a range of accredited training courses for equine assisted learning facilitators, centre owners and managers. There is an option to work towards your EAQ Certified Facilitator status, attend horse handling events or take part in the EAQ Approval Scheme for centres.
The words EAQ, EAQ Network and the EAQ logo are all Registered Trademarks owned by EAQ (Equine Assisted Qualifications) Limited.