In our equine assisted learning program participant work with a horse as a partnership on the ground. It is through interactions with the horse that they becomes a teacher.
The horse will only respond to the real you. When you are with a horse, they have a way of reading you and feeling your energy. They know your boundaries and the true, authentic you. Horses are prey animals and the number one thing they demand in life is to feel safe. They can easily discern between calm and nervous energy and they know if you are approaching them honestly, without confusion and with your vulnerability evident. They will recognize your true self and they will respond to your stimulus by being able to sense physiological changes in your body as you work with them and other people. This sounds so simple, but in reality, it is a difficult task for humans. People are not used to feeling safe and vulnerable; they are used to having to exhibit strength whether it is authentic or not.
No, our horses are adopted rescue horses that have been given an opportunity to trust and work with humans again. Each one has their own story of unpleasant interactions with people. However, they are amazing teachers in their new profession, and truly love working with people.
We do not offer discounts for group sign ups. We are a non-profit organization with 95% of our staff working as volunteers. Our sessions fill quickly at 6 participants. If you would like to have 6 people sign up together, please let us know and we can let you know what dates can accommodate your entire group. We do not offer discounts for groups, however if there is a person in the group who needs financial assistance we do have a scholarship fund created by a very generous donor, they can apply directly on our website.