Welcome!

Today’s world is fraught with complex challenges. Our approach to team building is truly unique. In addition to our customized seminars on a wide range of topics, we provide team assessments to examine the health of a group and underlying causes of dysfunctional behavior so we can implement improvements that will work and measure outcomes.

We think team building is tough work, but it should also be fun! We’ve found what it takes to unlock a team’s true potential in an environment that is challenging, stimulating, and unforgettable.

Our mission? 

To deliver a top quality, proven team building program that creates meaningful change and inspires others to be the best version of themselves as partners, leaders, and teammates.

About

At the heart of our program is the experiential work we do with horses. Research demonstrates that experiential learning is even more effective than passive classroom-style learning, so having all three components (assessment, passive learning, and active learning) is essential. Our Equine Assisted Learning opportunities offer hands-on experience to improve organizational success. We offer tailored workshops, retreats, and private coaching sessions to exceed the expectations of every customer.

What Is Equine Assisted Learning?

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is a solution-focused method that empowers individuals and teams to engage in interactive exercises with horses. Activities are carefully designed and tailored to provide opportunities for individuals to examine their strengths, and to explore opportunities for growth in a safe environment.

With skilled facilitation, we help participants identify issues they may be hesitant to work on, and help to develop more effective and adaptive behaviors that leverage their strengths. Participants are afforded opportunities to problem-solve and explore challenges that have direct implications for their home and/or work environment.

There is no horseback riding, so no experience with horses is required! Participants interact with horses on the ground, through structured activities. Even those with previous horse experience are challenged as these activities are “not about the horse.”

Why Horses?

Horses are prey animals, and have survived centuries by being acutely aware of their environment. They are incredibly intuitive and react to whatever we bring into their environment. Because they respond to the way we think, act, and feel around them, horses are like a mirror that can help us to recognize and understand our behaviors and feelings (sometimes before we do!).

Horses are also incredibly social beings. Their survival depends on the strength of the group. So they have a great deal to teach us about group dynamics. The horse herd (or group) also develops a natural hierarchy that is rarely challenged once established. Rules are clear and each horse plays a very important role in the group’s survival and safety. When we work with them, we become a part of their herd and teamwork is essential.

Because of their hierarchical nature, horses look for a strong leader in all situations that will help ensure their safety. They seek confidence, clear communication and trust, just like we seek in our home and work environments.

What all of this boils down to is that horses don’t lie. They are honest brokers who react to their environment and the people around them. They don’t judge or have a hidden agenda. As trained facilitators, horses help show us what is happening within a group or team so that we can help participants apply what they’ve learned outside of the arena.

Benefits of Equine Assisted Learning

  • Increased insight into strengths and opportunities for growth
  • Improved emotional intelligence
  • More effective communication and active listening
  • Boost trust and commitment
  • Strengthen cohesion and morale
  • Amplify creativity and problem-solving
  • Enhanced productivity
  • Improve leadership skills and foster teamwork