Meet The Founders
Ted and Rachael were married in august of 2015. Although they were both from the same small town, neither of them knew one another. They made a connection through a friend a few years ago and the rest is history as they say. Their shared love for horses and their desire to help others through tough times is what drove them to start Equine Escape. When they found themselves hanging out with the horses, grooming them, interacting with them and even mucking stalls, they realized how therapeutic it can truly be. Ted and Rachael are both certified EAL/EAP facilitators. They attended and completed seminars in the OK Corral Series instructed by EAGALA founder, Greg Kertsen. For more information on EAL and EAP please visit the OK Corral series website at
Owner/Founder Of Equine Escape inc.
Ted and his wife, Rachael founded Equine Escape in August of 2016. He works as an electrician by trade but devotes his evenings and weekends to the program. As a recovering alcoholic, sober for over 20 years, he is well equipped to help those who struggle with addiction. By helping others we help ourselves so we would love to use EAL to help those who are recovering substance abuse. In April of 2017 he became certified through Greg Kersten's OK Corral series in EAL and EAP so he can help our great nation's veterans and our first responders.
Certified EAL/EAP Facilitator
Rachael Gilmour L.V.T, M.B.A.
Rachael has over 30 years of experience in working with horses. She is an experienced rider, trainer and coach. In 1992 she graduated from the Horse Management and Science program at Michigan State University. She continued her education receiving a B.S. of Animal Science, an M.B.A. in leadership studies and a veterinary technology degree. She was the former director of the Veterinary Technology program at Baker College. She coached the Goodrich Equestrian team and is a volunteer facilitator at Equine Escape. Rachael received her certification from EAGALA founder Greg Kertsen of the O.K. Corral Series in December of 2016.
"At its finest, a horse and rider are joined not by tack, but by trust...Each is totally reliant upon the other. Each is the selfless guardian of each other's very well-being." -Author Unknown
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Helping people through Equine Assisted Learning
Equine Escape offers Equine Assisted Learning Programs (EAL) to “at risk” youth, veterans, police officers, first responders and their families. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is also offered to those key groups and requires coordination with a mental health professional. Please contact us if you are interested in EAL or EAP.
Giving Youth a “leg up”
We use the term a “leg up” when we are helping another person up into the saddle on a horse. This program is designed to give youth that “leg up” in life. The youth program attempts to provide young people with some of the resilience and protective factors necessary to avoid possible negative life outcomes. Our youth of today face many challenges that were not even considered 20 years ago. As a result, many youth need extra support in developing a set of skills or toolbox to face the challenges in their lives. Oftentimes youth are labeled “at risk” as a consequence of psychosocial disadvantages. In addition early exposure to traumatic events can lead youth to develop behaviors that will have negative life outcomes either now or later in life. We work with youth who are demonstrating many different types of behaviors: hypervigilance, hyperactivity, extreme sensitivity, abrupt/extreme mood changes, lack of self worth, depression, avoidance, addictive behaviors, self harming and many more. We also work with youth facing the challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, attachment disorders, drug/alcohol misuse or recovery, eating disorders and self harming, like cutting. In some cases where we need more EAP directed sessions, we will need the youth’s mental health professional to partner with us as we deliver the program.
There are many challenges for our veterans as they transition from military life to civilian life. One such challenge is forming relationships. Veterans may feel as if they are being judged based on their military actions or suffer from PTSD due to event(s) they had to participate in. The military recognizes that EAL may be a good choice for our veterans. EAL is a popular choice as it addresses many psychosocial factors that office-based therapy cannot. Some of the key domain the military recognizes as benefiting from EAL are physical, emotional, family relationships, social, spiritual and career (U.S. Army 2014) EAL allows a safe place to feel and address emotions through the human-animal bond. The herd mentality, prey animal instincts and unconditional acceptance of horses is why they work so well with our veterans. We look forward to giving back to our service men and women as we start this program in June 2017. If we are too far away please visit Operation We Are Here to find assistance or a provider near you. http://www.operationwearehere.com/EquineTherapy.html
What is EAL?
Equine Assisted Learning, or EAL is a means to which people of all walks of life can receive benefit from the interaction between the individual or group and the equine. EAL has proven to help people with psychological and physical disabilities worldwide. EAL can help give people problem solving tools and aid in developing coping mechanisms for dealing with life’s challenges.
Is EAL right for me or my loved one(s)?
EAL can help with a wide array of psychological and physical challenges which affect a multitude of people young and old. EAL can be beneficial in the treatment to those afflicted with anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, dementia, a delay in mental development, down syndrome and other genetic disorders, trauma and brain injuries, behavior and abuse issues and other mental health issues.
How does EAL work?
EAL works experientially by helping others develop skills they might otherwise be lacking, for example, honesty, communication, trust and respect for others. Those being helped receive feedback, both positive and negative, instantaneously and are able to learn in ways which would be otherwise unattainable. There is a level of honesty received from a horse that human interaction could never replace and you will never be judged by a horse.