Frequently Asked Questions

What is equine-assisted learning?

Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) incorporate horses experientially for emotional growth. The EAGALA Model is a solution-focused collaboration between a licensed mental health professional, an equine specialist and horses working together with clients. An adjunct or alternative to talk therapy, the EAGALA Model embodies a strict code of ethics.

Both powerful and effective, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is an approach that has an profound impact on individuals, couples, families, at-risk youth, and organizations, as well as on military personnel, veterans, and those suffering from PTSD. EAP addresses a plethora of behavioral challenges and mental health disorders including ADHD, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse and anxiety. EAP is also effective in helping heal relationship problems and improving communication.

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) focuses on education, personal growth and developing specific life skills which impact team dynamics including effective communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, problem-solving, leadership, taking responsibility, teamwork, and confidence.

The focus is not riding or horsemanship. EAP and EAL involve crafting ground-based activities with horses that require individuals or groups to apply certain skills. Participants learn about themselves and others by participating in these activities with the horses, and then process (or discuss) the feelings, behaviors, and patterns that arise. Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short-term, or “brief” approach.

In Stable Hands is a nonprofit organization pleased to offer a variety of EAP and EAL services available to individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations.

What do I wear?

Please make sure to dress appropriately for the weather as most facilities are neither heated nor air-conditioned. Remember to wear closed-toed shoes and refrain from wearing loose jewelry. If you have allergies, we suggest you take your allergy medication before you come to your session. Please bring any emergency medications with you that you require such as epi-pens, inhalers, etc. If you have any more questions about what to wear, please contact us!

How much does a session cost?

Each session or group of sessions depends on how many people are in each session and how many sessions you or your group require. Please contact us to learn more at or If you don't have access to email, you can reach us at 412-519-4309.

What if I'm afraid of horses or have no horse experience?

A frequently asked question if what if I only have little or even no horse experience? frequently asked questions That is why there is a certified Equine Specialist in every session whose main focus is to provide physical safety for horses and humans in every session. All the horses in our sessions have been screened for their temperament and health. While interacting with horses carries a certain amount of risk, many who come to us find great power in their experiences.