What is Equine-Assisted Coaching?

Equine-Assisted Coaching, as well as therapy and learning, provides an opportunity for accelerated growth through working with an equine partner.

As herd animals, horses are designed for connection as a means of survival. They depend upon the protection of the herd as well as their acute senses and observation abilities. As such, horses provide honest feedback when it comes to what we’re giving off emotionally and physiologically, which manifests internally and externally. Horses don’t lie, unlike humans who have learned how to mask emotions.

Horses’ brains are created similarly to the human brain in regards to their fight, flight, and freeze response as well as their ability to regulate, connect, and think differently. By observing their behavior — independently, as a herd, and with us — we can begin to identify what is happening within ourselves.

A relationship with a horse is a real connection when they are allowed to respond by choice in our interactions. Through using a Natural Lifemanship approach in working with an equine partner, you will discover how to regulate your body, relate to others, and seek out healthy attached and detached connections with your family, friends, and co-workers.

How does equine-assisted coaching work?

A session may include connecting with a horse in their pasture, grooming a horse in the field or barn, haltering and leading the horse to a round pen or ring, exploring connection and relationship-building in a field or ring, or a rhythmic riding experience. Each session will be different depending upon your needs and the needs of the horse.

Who is this kind of experience good for? Do you have to be comfortable around horses?

Anyone of any age can experience equine-assisted coaching. It can be a tool for growth and healing, especially for those suffering from trauma, anxiety, or depression. However, it is also great for growing confidence and relationship skills. You don’t have to be a horse person to benefit. There’s learning and growth potential for all!

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