What We Do

What We Do

Our firm conviction is that to achieve our mission and vision over the next five years the focus needs to be on collaborative work that furthers the development of three key areas: People, Places and Knowledge.

People

The relevant people are current and future practitioners, support staff, volunteers, clients, commissioners of services, teachers, parents and care workers. It is important to create connections and relationships with everyone who is interested in EAA and who wants to see it continually grow and develop in Northern Ireland. Collaborative work and awareness building will continue to grow this industry in the next 5 years.

Boy horseback riding, performing exercises on horseback

Places

Suitable places include access to facilities such as riding schools, RDA centers, already established EAL and EAT centers and appropriate animals. An equal geographic spread of these facilities is important to ensure fair access for all current and future clients. We also believe it is important that practitioners who do not have their own premises have the opportunity to work with existing practitioners and service providers who have facilities in order to further increase the reach of EAA services. We hope to see more suitable places become available with adequate and suitable compliance.  

Knowledge

We want to continue to grow and share knowledge of best practice models, connections with thought leaders in the field, and promote focused research of high caliber that will place Northern Ireland on the global stage in EAA. Our current report has raised awareness of the multifaceted therapeutic benefits of EAT/L. However, more robust research and service evaluation is required to provide a complete evidence base for EAA. Success in this endeavor will involve universities, colleges, CAFRE, and private equestrian establishments.