Frequently Asked Questions

What do I wear?

Remember that you are dressing to work with horses. Wear clothes that can get dirty and closed toe shoes with socks—no sandals, no exception.

What about weather?

Programs are held year-round.  In the Northeast, winter temperatures hover around or below freezing; summers are warm. You will spend time in a covered but unheated arena. Dress appropriately for the weather. It is best to layer clothing during all seasons. 

What if I have allergies?

If you have known allergies, please consult your health care professional for recommendations. We keep a clean environment, but it is a farm with animals and plants.

Do I need to be fit or athletic to do this program?

No.  There is no riding involved and any level of fitness is fine. If you can walk a half mile, you are fit enough to participate in the horse activities. If you have special needs and prefer not to walk, you can still be an active team participant. Anyone can enjoy learning from horses in this environment.

Why do you use horses, not dogs or other animals?

Horses are prey animals who depend on their accurate reading of your intentions to survive.  Each horse is hard-wired to read your non-verbal communication and gives you instant feedback.  In herds, horses have an organizational model that most executives find inspiring.

How long are the exercises with horses?

Each activity with the horses lasts up to 30 minutes and is followed by a group discussion led by our facilitators. 

What if I have never worked with horses?

You learn about safety around horses as soon as you begin the training and you’ll be surprised how quickly you learn to communicate with our gentle giants. Horses are confidence builders:  there is no right or wrong with the activities involving horses. It’s just about the experience and accomplishing tasks in each person’s own way.

What if I have experience with horses?

Interestingly, people who love horses enjoy the workshop because it gives them a chance to observe and learn from horses in a different environment. Our experiential coaching is not about horsemanship or riding; rather, you gain insights about yourself from horses, other participants and our facilitators—you get 360 feedback in real time!

Is it safe?

Safety always comes first. While accidents can happen, we take precautions to make the experience safe and fun for everyone by constant monitoring and feedback throughout the exercises with horses.  In addition, our horses are carefully selected for their “people skills” and we maintain our facility to rigorous safety standards.

Who handles catering?

We love good food, and are lucky to be located in the Hudson Valley where excellent caterers and fresh farm produce are readily available.  We offer several choices of seasonal menus.  Snack and beverages are available all day.  Please let us know if you have any food allergies.

How about lodging?

Overnight accommodations are available near our facility. Contact us and we’ll be happy to help you with area hotels or Bed & Breakfast.

Where is the data showing that working with horses makes a difference?

While our knowledge is anecdotal, we are working hard to bring science to the new field of Equine Assisted Learning. We are proud of our support of the University of Kentucky research project described in the link below.

Leadership Traits Can Be Enhanced by Contact with Horses According to New Study by the University of Kentucky and The Horse Institute

Where can I learn about equine assisted learning?

Visit the national organizations that certify our facilitators, including Equine Experiential Education Association (E3A), The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) and Greg Kersten's O.K. Corral Series.

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