Rob Pliskin began gentling wild horses in 1998 at national workshops presented by the US Department of Interior – BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. In December 2006, while a trainer at Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue in Lancaster, CA, he developed clinics in Equestrian Education and brought the EAGALA model to Lifesavers. EAGALA is the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, of which Rob has been a member of since 2003. The EAGALA model hosts clients in coaching, learning, counseling, and psychotherapy sessions with a team of a licensed coach-therapist, an equine specialist, and horses or other equines.

As a natural horsemanship instructor and clinician, Rob has appeared at the Wild Horse Festival of Learning in South Jordan, UT, the Wild Horse Workshop in Stagecoach, NV, and Napa, CA BLM Mustang Day. You can read Rob’s articles on gentling wild horses here. Rob co-founded the EAP program at Big Heart Ranch in Malibu, CA for adolescents in residential addictions treatment in 2005. In 2009, he was the Equine Specialist at In the Presence of Horses, a full service EAGALA program in Grass Valley, CA. In 2011, he helped found the equine assisted program of Rustler Ranch in Ashtabula County, OH.

Since 2010 Rob has been an adjunct instructor at Lake Erie College, teaching Equine Assisted Learning and Psychotherapy in the Equine Studies Department. He has a special interest in teaching the value of this work, and in providing services to communities, businesses, and veterans and their families through the EAGALA Military Services initiative. He has completed the MSSA program at Case Western Reserve University to study Social Work and obtain licensure. He also has a B.S. in Watershed Management from the University of Arizona.