Do I need to have experience with horses?
No, no experience with horses is necessary. If fact, sometimes, having experience leads us to have expectations about what "should" happen. Those expectations can sometimes prevent us from being open to other possibilities.
Will we be riding?
Occasionally, mounted exercises may become part of a specific program but in general, our programs center upon ground interactions to encourage true partnership and enable you to witness the relationship eye to eye.
Is it safe?
First, we only work with mature, calm animals who often are mounts for children and adults who ride for therapeutic reasons. Our horse partners are carefully selected for their even, gentle temperaments and trained for this work to help ensure the safety of all participants. Still, horses are large animals, so caution is always a priority with us. We provide and insist upon adherence to safety guidelines, and have at least 2 facilitators paying close attention to all interactions.
How long are the programs?
That depends upon the number of participants and the program objectives. One-on-one sessions can range from 1-2 hours. Group sessions can range from ½ day to multiple days, depending upon the objectives.
Where are the sessions conducted?
Our sessions are conducted at a registered (therapeutic) riding center. It is fully insured and centrally located in the Sharon region of Israel.
What's the connection between horses and people?
Most people are familiar with the strong relationships people can form with dogs and cats. A similar interaction occurs between horses and people. Because of their inborn traits, horses are highly intuitive, social, and responsive to their environment. They have a natural desire to be part of a "herd", even if it's a herd of 2 (one person, one horse).
Horses respond in the moment to the stimuli around them-including us. As such, they provide us with a true reflection of how we are perceived by the world around us-a reflection that enables us to take an honest look at the reality of who we are and how we relate to others-in a safe, non-threatening way. From there, we can address those behaviors and attitudes that prevent us from moving forward in both our personal and professional lives.