Equine Facilitated Learning

Jo Sheval ~ one of Australia’s foremost Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) professionals

The survival instincts of horses have given them the ability to read the energy of predators and the safety of their environment at a micro level this means that horses are able to read your thoughts, your feelings, and your state of mind. Horses have the uncanny ability to mirror ones beliefs and intentions. Like the horse, living authentically and congruently is the way to true freedom and present living.

Jo Sheval started Holistic Equitation in 2004 with a team of like minded equestrian professionals to bring greater awareness to the intricate and profound teachings the horse has to offer.

Jo and her team of horses and people offer up a number of equestrian programs, workshops, clinics and healings for groups, one on ones, corporates and organisations.

Our amazing team of horses will help develop your natural leadership skills, confidence, problem solving abilities, team building, horsemanship and bring awareness to your thoughts, beliefs and behaviours and ultimately heal your heart and mind.

Linda Kohanov ~  best selling author of The Tao of Equus said “Horses model strengths of cooperation over competition, relationship over territory, responsiveness over strategy, emotion and intuition over logic, process over goals, and the creative approach to life“.

It is a beautiful statement and truly represents the amazing capacity of a horse.


Working with horses and people with disability
Simple, clear, conscious requests are what the horse is looking for. Stop, go, backup and turn this way or that, are examples of simple requests that a human can make of a horse, clearly and consciously. When the horse complies a thank you in the form of a “Good Boy”, is all that is needed. Horses understand acknowledgement.

The Equine Facilitated Learning program offered to participants with disabilities is light, fun, enjoyable and empowering. Each person is offered an experience that is tailored for their individual needs, abilities and confidence. Appropriate, successful interaction with horses can lead us back to that natural balance because to be successful with a horse that balance has to be present in the communication. Equine Facilitated Learning supports natural balance coming forward in all those participating. A natural balance begins to appear when there is consideration, thoughtfulness, awareness and kindness present in the interaction. ‘Balance’ is another great lesson and attribute taught by Equine Facilitated Learning.

Download Jo Sheval’s story on EFL at the Youth Justice Centre