WHAT IS FBEAP? – Extended
Elaine Davis brings you decades of experience working with horses and people, and is a seasoned and ordained Minister, a Trainer of trainers in EAP/EAL, Founder of FBEAP, and an inspirational international Speaker.
As the founder and President of Unbridled, LLC, Elaine has helped hundreds of people find healing and freedom through equine experiential learning on her ranch, Unbridled Faith Farm, and also on location around the country.
Elaine has gone on to develop Faith-Based Equine Assisted Philosophy (FBEAP). She developed The Stable Guide Series™ – Seminar Certifications to teach FBEAP and to equip and certify FBEAP Facilitators and Trainers.
In 2012, Elaine founded the FBEAP Association to serve the growing FBEAP movement. For information on membership in FBEAPA or to follow the growing conversation among FBEAPA members, please visit the FBEAPA Online Community.
Faith-Based Equine Assisted Philosophy (FBEAP) is built firmly on the ultimate “stable guide”, the Bible. FBEAP embraces the entire Bible as the inherent Word of god. We believe that there is only one true God, and that He alone is able to change the heart of mankind., thus the guiding force in the philosophy. FBEAP introduces the Unseen Facilitator (the Holy Spirit) into equine assisted philosophy. EAP/EAL effectively addresses the body and soul (mind, will and emotion).
FBEAP is founded upon the Word of God. It applies traditional EAL/EAP on top of the Word of God and is directed by the Holy Spirit. It address the whole person: body, soul, and spirit. We are a triune being, created in the image of God. In order to experience the freedom that Jesus died for us to know, we must address the whole person. The Word of God says: “It is for freedom that Jesus set us free” FBEAP is the only Equine Assisted application that provides an opportunity to recognize and lay aside the things that hold su back from experiencing the vision that God has for our lives. iIt’s an effective tool in the hand of a mighty God. When the Light of His Truth permeates Equine Assisted work, the Holy Spirit leads the exercise, and darkness disappears. His Truth, His Light, set us free. We are Unbridled. Faith-Based Herdship/Leadership can be clearly contrasted with traditional leadership training by comparing and contrasting the “old” style of breaking a horse with the more enlightened relational training. In the old days, cowboys would drive a wild horse into a corral, slam the gate shut, rope the terrified horse, tie him securely to an unbreakable pole, and begin to sack him out. They would sack the horse out until it was completely desensitized (otherwise known as learned helplessness), and gives up the struggle. At that point they throw on a pad and saddle the horse as fast as possible, cinching up as tight as possible, as fast as possible. A rider would jump on and attempt to ride until the buck (and the will to buck) was gone, and the horse was exhausted. It was tough, rough painful, terrorizing, and grueling for both horse and rider.. In the end you had a horse that would listen to you out of the fear of what would happen if he didn’t obey. Obey or be punished, dealing with the horse according to our rules, and not taking consideration for the natural heard instincts. The horse understanding man or man understanding the horse was of little value. The horses’ eye was dead and his heart was cold and fearful. This horse was broke, but in a fearful situation they were often known to buck and bolt. There was no comfort or trust between horse and rider. Old style training is like traditional leadership in that both use rules, management of movement, rewards, and punishment (otherwise known as carrot and sticking). “Do what I say and I will give you a reward, don’t do it and I will whip you” This is a cookie-cutter style of training, treats all horses the same. It has rules, goals, and steps to take. No provision for different personalities, or abilities, or styles. Natural horsemanship is quite different. It begins with building a relationship with the horse.Man seeks after the horse, sees it’s value and it’s potential. He goes to great lengths to connect with the horse, build trust and develop a strong relationship. Man goes to great lengths to redeem the horse and provide it with a good life, give it a job, a purpose. He endeavors to speak the horse’s language, and use what he knows about the herd to earn the right to ask the horse to respond to him. This relationship training is the study of understanding herd mentality, natural instincts, horse psychology, respect, and trust. Its intent is to clearly communicate, develop a trusting relationship, and make a connection. It’s an “ask don’t tell” process, making the right choice easier than the wrong thing. Looking inside the horse and pulling out their natural talents and abilities, treats them as individuals. So it is with the Unseen Facilitator. He enters the the arena with the same intent. That intent is to bring out the best in each person with the simple and pure desire to lead them to know who they are, what they can do, and what they can have in Christ. Ultimately, to lead them to know how to activate the Vision that God intended for them.
WHO IS DOING IT? – Extended
Elaine Davis is fully certified in EAL by Greg Kersten and is successfully implementing his equine assisted philosophies worldwide. It is recommended that FBEAP be facilitated by a team consisting of an experienced FBEAP facilitator and an experienced horse professional.
While it is possible for an experienced FBEAP facilitator with significant horse knowledge to facilitate FBEAP sessions solo, it is not optimal for observation, objectivity, safety and support.
A licensed therapist is not required to facilitate FBEAP. An intimate knowledge of the Word of God and being filled with the Holy Spirit is required to facilitate FBEAP.