Like humans, horses have distinct personalities, attitudes and moods. Parallel to human experience, an approach that works with a specific horse might not prove to be effective with a different horse or under different circumstances. Because of this, horses provide vast opportunities for participants to find solutions to life's challenges.
Because horses are large and powerful, interacting alongside them creates confidence and provides wonderful insight when dealing with other intimidating life situations.
Horses are prey animals, which means they are highly attuned to their environment. They are able to pick up on non- verbal cues and respond to them in the moment. This provides participants with immediate feedback about what they are presenting to others via body language, eye contact, and even heart rate.
Do clients ride the horses?
No. All sessions take place on the ground.
Do I need to have experience around horses?
No, in fact most of our clients have never been around horses before.
What if I'm afraid of horses?
We will ensure that you are within your comfort zone. Participants can be involved in the activities as observers outside or inside the arena. Many people discover that pushing past fear leads them to a greater sense of accomplishment, insight, and positive personal change.
How do I make an appointment?
To make an appointment or book a workshop, click on the button below. You will receive a personal response within 24 hours.
What are your fees, and will this be covered under my health insurance?
STRIDES Therapy session fees are similar to the fees charged by therapists in private practice. Although we do not bill insurance directly, we are happy to provide you with a claim form to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Because we are licensed psychotherapists, equestrian sessions are generally covered under the mental health portion of your insurance, and in most cases are reimbursable under Health Spending Accounts.
STRIDES Team-Building and Leadership Development Workshops fees are determined by the number of participants and the length of the workshop.