Experience The Power of

Equine Facilitated Learning

This practice has the potential to assist with:

Anxiety, confidence building, attachment disorders, autism, ADHD, depression,  relationship problems and leadership issues


Equine Facilitated Learning  (EFL)


About Contented People and EFL

'Contented People’ - owned  by Alex Gulland, offers individuals the opportunity to experience the power of Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL).

EFL is the concept that people's lives can be positively influenced and changed by spending quality time with horses.

Horses are excellent teachers in our journey to discover and understand ourselves. This is because they are herd animals, social by nature, and therefore have a heightened awareness of the rest of their herd members - which includes us!

The connection between horses and humans is the ‘magic’ of EFL and can be explained in neuro-scientific terms by the fact that there is a remarkable similarity between the limbic (emotional) brain of horses and that of humans.

They can therefore serve as both as our mirrors and our teachers in terms of emotional intelligence, congruence and relationships.

All individuals who participate are guided by Alex Gulland, who successfully completed her EFL training with the LEAP Organisation.

LEAP is an organisational member of The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and adheres to the BACP Code of Ethics.

The LEAP Model is an integrative approach to EFL. It combines both reflective and active elements to provide clients with an holistic and therapeutic learning experience.

Alex Gulland - is a qualified LEAP Practitioner and also trained in Natural Horsemanship.   She is also training to become a mental health Counsellor at South Essex University.   

She carefully structures interactive exercises that use a combination of this Natural Horsemanship and the horse’s own subtle system of communication to assist individuals.  


To the left of this copy is a link to a film, created and produced by Alex, which explores how the EFL process works.

Over the last 10 years, the clinical team at LEAP have worked intensively with over 1,000 clients and have subsequently built a huge experiential and skill base in clinically using their model.

The LEAP Model has identified the key elements required to work with various client groups including:


  • Corporate teams

  • Vulnerable adolescents

  • Families

  • Those facing life changes or crises

Presenting issues include:

  • Leadership

  • Confidence

  • Addictions

  • Attachment disorder

  • Learning differences

  • Autism

EFL is also regarded as being suitable for individuals of any age interested in achieving clarity of life purpose, rewarding interpersonal relationships, and compassionate heart-centered communication skills.  

A series of structured  EFL exercises can also benefit individuals by building confidence and self-esteem. This in turn can help in developing better communication skills which can enrich relationships with other people.

The founder of Contented People, Alex Gulland, formerly worked in the creative industry holding high-profile positions at leading agencies such as HHCL & P, Ogilvy & Mather, and Current TV.


1. Meet The Herd

3. Programme of Activity

If you decide you want a tailored programme of activity, we normally recommend a course of 8-10 sessions but ultimately, the choice of the amount sessions that you wish to complete  is up to you.


Typically with longer-term work, clients will have a combination of EFL and office-based sessions. 


All the session are ground-based


Once you've decided that you would like to experience EFL, we will ask you fill out various procedural forms.  


We then invite you to an introductory session allowing you to decide whether you feel this type of treatment is right for you.  


During this session you have the chance to 'Meet The Herd', establish areas that you may wish to focus on in the future and experience some basic reflective exercises with the horses.



2. Safety

4. Costs

Every aspect of safety is adherered to during our sessions.   A Safety Agreement will be sent through to you before you officially engage with us.


We advise that you read the agreement carefully and call us if you have any questions or concerns.   


We will not be able to complete a session with you without a signed Safety Agreement.


As well as being a trained Leap Practitioner Alex is also a qualified First Aider.

Costs vary dependent on whether you have decided to experience a one-off session or want an in-depth programme of treatments.

Cost for a one-off session  - £75.00

We offer a 10% discount if you sign up for a series of 8 sessions and a further 15% if you wish to sign up to 15 sessions



Tel:  07765 404404

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