Transform Teams, Impact your Community
Rooted in the same foundation as our Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) work, Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) is designed to give individuals and teams a meaningful experiential learning experience. We do not ride horses in this work; no experience is needed. We view the horses as our partners, and by working with them, we are able to develop self-awareness, learn how to connect and build relationships.
Horses provide relationships and connections.
Horses are sensitive prey animals who rely on their fellow herd members for survival and, like us, need relationships.
Horses teach us how to connect and be in relationships in concrete ways: they teach us to be present, to be aware of the emotions in our body, to be honest, and clear, and to have a sense of agency.
They can sense everything we feel: heart rate, breathing, tension, and dysregulation. They know before we do what is happening in our emotional and physical world, and they teach us to be honest about what’s going on.
As a manager, you face several challenges to build team cohesiveness, collaboration, manage conflict, and ensure you’re getting the best out of your employees. Medicine Horse offers the unique opportunity to participate in experiential learning with horses in these targeted areas for improved team performance.
If you're tasked with helping individuals and teams work together and achieve peak performance levels, Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) is a new and unique way to achieve powerful results. Individual and team benefits include:
Teamwork skills development
Improved self-awareness and emotional regulation
Feeling valued, seen, and heard
Deepening relationships and trust
Improved nonverbal communication skills
Impact your Community
Medicine Horse delivers an unmatched opportunity of bringing the benefits of working with horses to your teams while also impacting your community by contributing to our work. Proceeds from our corporate programs are reinvested in our free mental health programs. We currently support veterans, women impacted by breast cancer, at-risk youth, LGBTQIA teens, LatinX youth, and more. Through a relationship with us, you support both your employee development and your community engagement objectives.
The process begins with discovery. We work with you to learn your team goals and development objectives. From here, we design a program to support these initiatives. In our work, we have a variety of exercises that support different outcomes. These exercises include:
Obstacles courses or introducing new things to the horses
Haltering & Leading
Joining the herd with horses at liberty
About Our Trainer
Ellen Lichtenstein, MA is a professional writer and content marketer who turned her two biggest passions (communication and horses) into her business Leg Up Learning Solutions in 2020. Since then, she’s completed Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) certification levels 1 & 2 with The HERD Institute® and currently serves as an instructor for HERD Institute® EFL Level 1 candidates.
In her EFL work, Ellen focuses on serving professionals, corporate teams, women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Ellen is proud to partner with Medicine Horse to provide EFL services for organizations looking to enhance their teams’ connection, communication, empathy, transparency, and overall positive culture. Before practicing EFL, Ellen received her B.S. in communication studies from New York University, her M.A. in communications from Johns Hopkins University, and spent more than 15 years working in media production and corporate communications.
Ellen lives in Colorado with her 4 horses, 3 cats, 2 dogs, and 1 husband.
"This was an experience I will never forget! I was skeptical that an activity with horses could do anything to improve my business, but the women's group I worked with did just that. Ellen creates a safe, welcoming, no pressure environment that allows for reflection and conversation in ways that just can't happen in a Zoom room or an office. There's something special about petting, brushing, even just observing these big, beautiful creatures that forces you to be present and think about things differently. It's hard to explain, but I'm certain that bringing the whole team out would lead to better collaboration and better ideas because working with Ellen and the horses would allow them to get to know each other and how they work in new ways."