This timeline provides a brief glimpse of the years of research and hands on experience for helped form EAL Canada.
1999 - 2001
127 program models were examined – each one focused on the issue of high-risk behaviors in teens, and the breakdown of relationships. These 127 were eventually winnowed down to less than a dozen, based on effectiveness, financial accessibility and replication. These organizations were audited, and the best-practices of each was integrated into a program model that became known as Higher Trails. Funding was obtained, and administrators were provided the opportunity to acquire certification in a wide variety of counseling and coaching skills, and integrate those skills into the program.
2001 – 2002
Horses were integrated into the Higher Trails Model. Key staff were trained in EAL, and were supported by clinical staff, wranglers, and a herd of 16 horses.
The Higher Trails program began in earnest, and over the next 13 years, delivered services to individuals, families and organizations across Canada.
Higher Trails began to provide instruction and support to other individuals and organizations who were impressed by the success rates in dealing with family breakdown and issues of self-esteem and chaotic lives.
Higher Trails began a Certification Program for Equine Assisted Personal Development Coaches and EAL Facilitators for qualified individuals. Coaches and Facilitators are now located in Canada, the USA, Australia and Mexico.
Working with the Business Development Center, as well as with several Government of Canada agencies, Higher Trails has collaborated with like-minded organizations to form the leading EAL-focused organization in Canada, and one of the largest such groups in the world.
After almost two years of work by a group of knowledgeable and dedicated people, EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING (EAL) CANADA was launched.
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Canada offers their courses all across the country. The material taught is continually updated to ensure participants receive the most current information on EAL practices.