Options in health and healing with the horses!
Bringing you equine guided programs for:
Scientific evidence that shows that working with horses helps patients:
Background – Why Horses?
Equine Guided Education (EGE) is growing field in which horses partner with professional life coaches and facilitators to guide personal and professional growth and learning. It is experiential in nature meaning you do activities with the horse such as observing, approaching, touching and leading.
Experiential learning emphasizes all parts of the self including body, emotions and thoughts. In this work you will be touching a horse, leading a horse, stepping in the dirt, hearing sounds in the barn, etc.
Horses naturally use their bodies to “know” the world. They are preyed upon in nature and are therefore extremely sensitive to slight shifts in their environment. Their ability to detect when something is "off" and when all is harmonious makes them great teachers for humans in the areas of self-awareness, clarity, authenticity and presence to name a few.
. Although human beings at this time in history rely heavily on language, we are still wired up, as our ancestors were, to learn things through our bodies that can only be described in language after the fact. Some examples are: sensing danger, reading the wind before a storm comes, and responding to the look on a child's face.
Horses are large and powerful animals. Accomplishing a task involving a horse, in spite of fears or limitations,creates confidence and provides metaphors for dealing with challenging situations in life. Horses mirror exactly what our body, emotions, thoughts and energy are telling them. (see “What Science has to Say” below). Their honesty makes them especially effective messengers. In addition, the horse’s natural responsiveness to clear intention empowers clients to discover and accomplish health and life goals.
Because of its intensity and effectiveness, Equine Guided Education is considered to be a highly efficient approach to skill building, problem solving and self-discovery. With EGE, clients experience profound learning and are able to apply what they learn immediately in life.
How do horses read us so accurately?
A Little Bit of the Science
How our bodies project energy:
How horses pick up on this energy:
Your Human Coaches
Lynn Baskfield is now collaborating with Karen Prieto, Advanced Practice Nurse and owner of First Step Coaching to bring you healthcare-specific equine guided options.
Lynn Baskfield, MA, owner of SpiritDance Coaching, brings her 17 years of experience designing and delivering equine guided programs all over the world, including programs serving people with life threatening and chronic illness and the people who support them. She also has trained leaders in the field of healthcare with the help of the horses in the areas of leadership presence, self-awareness, communication, trust and team building. You can get her whole story by clicking here, and taking some time to navigate around this website.
Karen Prieto is an Advance Practice Nurse who is board certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health. She is completing her doctorate in nursing at St. Catherine University. Her specialty and focus is in the area of preventative health, providing physical assessment, risk factor identification, and lifestyle management to support healthy living. Being a certified Wellness Coach, she can supplement her practice with supporting patients to make real changes and address barriers to promote better health. Karen believes in supporting people holistically; body, mind, and spirit.
Her spiritual self encompasses the energy and wisdom of the earth, engaging with the spirit of the horses from a young age. She acknowledges how working with horses can help people identify their true self and begin address issues important to them. Karen is completing her equine–guided horse certification and can work with people on their individual healing and wellness.
What clients with life threatening and chronic illness say about working with the horses:
Healing the Mare
A poem by Linda McCarriston that speaks to one woman's pathway to healing.
Just days after the vet came,
But this morning, misshapen
As I soothe you I surprise wounds
As you stand, scathed and scabbed,
- Linda McCarriston