Cheryl L. Eriksen, MSW
EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist
20 years professional horse experience
Cheryl earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in social work from Western Michigan University. Cheryl is trained in research, evaluation and professional program development and has taken a special interest in education for equine therapy professionals in addition to her long-term dedication to training the horse and rider.
Combining nearly 25 years of horse experience and her advanced degree in social work, Cheryl offers a unique skill set in the field of equine assisted therapies. Cheryl is EAGALA certified and has found a special niche in the area education for other EAP professionals particularly in the areas of using clean language skills in facilitating therapy sessions.
Equine Specialist and Horse Professional----------------------
Cheryl worked in the horse industry for over a decade and has nearly 25 years of horse experience. She has trained and shown multiple breeds and diciplines as well as worked an an assistant to an equine veterinarian. Cheryl specializes in equine communication and behavior with a special sensitivity for the "difficult" horse. As a trainer, Cheryl supports a natural and respectful approach, listening to what the horse needs rather than forcing her will upon it. She does not use gadgets (aka "training aids"), special equipment or other "quick fixes" on her horses.