How our Eagala model works

Interacting with horses through simple, goal-oriented activities will help you to learn more about yourself and others in a way that is easy to apply to your personal and professional life.

People typically learn best by doing which is the beauty of our hands-on and engaging setting. You’ll interact with our horses in a safe, enclosed area and remain on the ground – there is no riding involved. Anyone can take part, even if you have never been near a horse before.

Horses are a lot like us socially and they can read and respond to our non-verbal messages, making them great teachers. They react in ways that feel familiar to experiences in our everyday lives. When we work on our challenges with them, we also learn how to improve ourselves in other situations.

This approach is effective for individuals, whānau, business people and  businesses who are facing everyday challenges. It can be particularly successful for people who find social situations and traditional learning environments difficult. We regularly work with vulnerable young people and people with disabilities. Our facilities are fully accessible and safe. 

You’ll work with certified specialists


The Salta Horses team are certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), the world’s largest and most professionally respected association for equine-assisted learning.

EAGALA has over 4,000 members across 49 countries and the model provides a distinctive framework, designed to support people to learn and grow from the horse-human relationship.

The EAGALA model

A team approach

All sessions are delivered by qualified staff, including a mental health professional and an equine specialist. The horses are a central part of the team.

Strong code of ethics

Salta Horses follows the EAGALA code of ethics and is committed to ensuring that all Health and Safety requirements are met under the 2015 Health and Safety at Work Act.

Grounded experience

Participants remain on the ground during their work with our horses. Riding and horsemanship are not part of our service.

Solution oriented

Horses often become the metaphor during sessions which helps people to access their own solutions to meet life’s challenges.