H.I.P. With Horses, L.L.C.
Developing Happy, Independent & Productive Lives Through Behavior Support,
Personal Growth & Team Building

What We Offer
Re-Frame, Reflect & Revise the Way You Think About Behavior
H.I.P. With Horses provides behavioral consultation, training and support to develop and facilitate successful teams,
leadership skills, trust and effective behavioral approaches.  Services are designed for families, educators, students, individuals and businesses.  The utilization of horses as therapeutic partners serves as a natural bridge to facilitate greater understanding, not only of another person’s behavior, but also of the impact our own behavior has on others.   Our unmounted equine experiences are designed for your unique needs.
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What is EAL and EAP?  Why Horses?

What is Equine Assisted Learning?

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is an opportunity for participants to partner with horses to facilitate the learning and growth process. Whether or not we are ready to hear it, horses reflect back to us exactly what we need to improve as leaders, communicators and team members. All horse related activities happen through ground work and does not involve horseback riding.  EAL is a "participative" learner based educational experience with horses. More specifically, EAL is an effective approach to human development that encourages individual and team growth. 

Participants engage in objectively driven exercises and find themselves learning valuable life and leadership skills in a fun, very unique and exciting atmosphere.  Equine assisted learning is an experiential learning approach which promotes the development of life skills.  This focus on life skills can be related to academic achievement and classroom behavior, personal growth and exploration or professional pursuits such as leadership development, team building and executive coaching.  Equine assisted learning is directly transferable to humans because participants learn and practice skills.

The skills learned are relational skills because life happens in relationship, whether those relationships are boss/employee, teacher/student, leader/group. It does not affect the value of the skill if it is initially learned from and practiced with horse partners and it is often easier to risk more of ourselves when we are not faced with the judgment of others.

What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy?

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the participant and horses to address treatment goals. Sessions tend to be intense and very effective.

EAP is experiential in nature. This means that the participant will learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns.  The focus of EAP involves setting up ground activities involving the horses, which will require the participant or group to apply certain skills. Non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking and problem solving and leadership are among the many skill sets that EAP and EAL may focus on.  EAP is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families, and groups.

Why Horses?

As prey animals, horses are constantly attuned to their environment. Their perception of their surroundings is an immediate and honest expression communicated through body language. This can be less offensive than being told by a human being because it is learned through self-discovery in interacting with an equine partner. Horses naturally test for leadership in order to ensure their leader is capable of guaranteeing their safety. Leaders are just, assertive, trustworthy, clear communicators, and preserve the dignity of their herd.  Horses consistently react to stimulus provided by participants. Some of the joys associated with working with horses are: They don't judge, but they constantly assess. Their feedback is honest and instant. Learning to listen to what horses have to say is powerful and often inspires individual change. By including horses in specially designed educational exercises, equine assisted facilitators have greatly multiplied the participant's rate of success to self-discovery and honed leadership skills.

Horses have much to teach about the various forms of communication. They don’t use words but can convey so much through body language, movement, and posture. People are always communicating. Everything they think, feel, do and say sends out a message. Horses help people become aware of how they communicate on every level – verbally, mentally, physically and emotionally. Congruent expression (when what we feel on the inside is the same as what we express on the outside) helps individuals deal with relationship and emotional issues.

The ability to open oneself up to trust is challenging. The nature of horses invites trust as they are entirely open with their perceptions, feelings, and have nothing to hide. Honesty and self- awareness is enough to open the doors for mutual trust and loving communication.

Like humans, horses are social animals, with defined roles within their herds.  They would rather be with their peers. They have distinct personalities, attitudes and moods; an approach that works with one horse won’t necessarily work with another.  At times, they seem stubborn and defiant.  They like to have fun.  In other words, horses provide vast opportunities for metaphorical learning, an effective technique when working with even the most challenging individuals or groups.  Utilizing horses to support therapeutic processes for individuals and groups promote insight in a new and exciting manner.

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