Why Horses?

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Horse Power

Scientific research has shown that the benefits of Horse-Assisted Education include:

  • Improved communication skills:

    can help individuals develop better communication skills, including nonverbal communication, active listening, and assertiveness.

  • Improved mental health: Equine therapy can help individuals with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental health conditions by reducing symptoms and promoting overall well-being.

  • Increased self-esteem and confidence: Spending time with horses can help individuals develop a sense of responsibility, increase self-esteem, and boost confidence.

  • Development of life skills: can also help individuals develop life skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, and decision-making.

Horse Sense

Horses, as a species, have been on the planet for something like 55 million (yes million) years. Homo Sapiens emerged about 300,000 years ago. Maybe we have something to learn from them.

As prey animals, horses are hard wired to be extremely sensitive to the energies and possible incongruities around them. It’s a survival thing.

They act like a 1,000 pound mirror.

If we are not present, they will give us instantaneous feedback without any agenda or judgement. They are not impressed by our standing or status, they simply reflect back our excellence or our incongruence.

And that makes them the ideal practice partners when we are working on understanding and becoming intentional about the impact of our energy.

From the Horse's Mouth

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Presence + Aligned Intention

= Embodied Leadership

Horses are very frank. As beings whose first language is energy, they see right through our pretense and remind us of who we really are.

The slightest shift in our actions is acknowledged by the horse and cues us to move our bodies from ineffective leadership styles to highly effective and sustainable leadership practices and strategies.

This creates a powerful body-based reference experience. And we can take this reference experience back into out daily lives and it will have tentacles.

Because it is a re-imprint of the subtle energy body, we stay transformed.


Michelle Thimesch

Co-Founder and Manager,

Opportunity Main Street

Prior to experiencing an equine assisted coaching session with Janet, I was feeling like I wasn't making much progress on my personal goals.

I did not know what to expect from the session but Janet was masterful at creating a safe space for me to be vulnerable. The session itself was really interesting. Horses reflect back what they sense from you and it shows up in how comfortable they are being near you and taking direction from you.

It did not go well at first but after some more coaching from Janet, I was able to get Shannon ( the horse) to start working with me.

Over a year later, I am still feeling confident about commanding my own space. Thank you, Janet.

Dr Mike Pelfini

Vistage Chair

I'm a big fan of Janet's work as a Horse Assisted Educator, helping executives to become more effective and aware of how they "show up" as leaders.

Janet's knowledge of how human beings structure the experience of themselves and of the world is rooted in evidence-based practices and models.

I've observed her work with others and have experienced it first-hand: she's really smart, authentically kind, and helps others in a straightforward and caring way.

Wenche Lier

Executive Assistant, Office of the CTO & COO,

Allspring Global Investments

I just would like to extend my thank you for a really good day. I have been feeling awful for the last few weeks and the horses and being around them made me feel better than I have for a long time.

(My colleague) absolutely loved it! I have a feeling this is going to be a good team effort for us.

Sounds Nice, But Why Bother?

Research on people who were on their deathbeds asked what they regretted. And the answers were almost never things they did but things they didn't say or didn't do.

Who wants to get to the end of their life and feel like they missed it? Not me.

Live your life with presence and intention!

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