Humans have recognized, studied, and written about the therapeutic benefits of interacting with horses for thousands of years, with some records dating back to 460 BCE. But it was in the last century that researchers and practitioners began developing theories about equine-assisted therapies.
Eagala was one of the first to develop a concrete model of professional standards for incorporating horses into mental health treatment. Lynn Thomas, LCSW, co-founded Eagala in 1999 as a 501(c)3 nonproft and, along with an incredible team, has continued to evolve and develop the Eagala Model.
What started as a passion for helping to change lives has grown into a worldwide movement, with an incredible global network of professionals who collaborate and support one another.