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  1. What is Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning?
  2. Why choose Equine ExperientialSM?
  3. Why horses?
  4. Is it safe?
  5. Will we ride horses?
  6. Who should attend?
  7. Do I need special equipment or clothing?
  8. Where can I find Equine ExperientialSM?
  9. How do I book a session?
  10. When is the next group workshop?
  11. How much does it cost?

My treasures do not click together or glitter. They gleam in the sun and neigh in the night.
~Bedouin Legend~

What is Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning?

Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning (FEEL) is a powerful and effective approach to personal and professional growth and development.  It uses horses not as tools, but as active participants that help facilitate the learning experience for individual or group participants.  Learning at Equine ExperientialSM involves experiential activities done with a horse or horses. By examining equine behavior, and how the horses may or may not react to us, we can better understand what may be more effective in our own human relationships. The activities, how you approach the various tasks, and what surfaces for you in the process, becomes a metaphor for other areas of your life. The experiences with the horses can be used in many ways including:

•Discovering new things about yourself
•Solidifying learning
•Developing greater self-confidence
•Learning about boundaries
•Overcoming fears
•Developing new strategies
•Learning flexibility
•Enhancing leadership skills

Our programs are co-created with you, focusing on your desired outcomes. We work collaboratively with our clients so that what is learned in partnership with horses is transferable back to a world without them. We meet your needs either individually or as a group.

Please see our About FEEL, Programs and LEAD, TEAM, HEAL & TEEN pages to see some ways our specially trained and certified FEEL professionals can take you through a learning process with the horses by facilitating the lessons.

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“Horses are not our whole life, but they do make our lives whole.”
~Author Unknown~

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Why choose Equine ExperientialSM?

Equine ExperientialSM has qualified, experienced equine and human facilitators dedicated to help you develop the best program agenda for you or your company. We are a Florida Certified Psychology Instructor an iPEC Certified Professional Coach, an Energy Leadership Master Practitioner, and Certified Equine Professionals that strive to deliver effective and profound learning experiences for everyone.  Our workshops can help grow emotional (EQ) and social intelligence, develop creativity, enhance organizational systems, and improve innovation.

Equine ExperientialSM applies principles from the Association for Experiential Education (  We offer Leadership Skills and Exploratory & Experiential Education courses that are aligned to Florida Sunshine State Standards. Our equine, educational, and business backgrounds set us apart from others in this field.  We do not provide therapy, instead our perspective and focus is an experiential learning environment facilitated by certified educational and equine instructors.  We work with you to align programs to meet stated objectives, and specify expected outcomes based on your agenda.  We believe in excellence and strive to exceed your expectations.

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The horse, the horse! The symbol of surging potency and power of movement, of action.
~D.H. Lawrence~

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Why horses ?

Horses are a mirror to your soul and give you a chance to determine if what you are seeing reflected is the person you want to be. With the help of the horses, you will find those parts of you that are hidden and bring them to light in a healing and loving way. Imagine waking up every morning excited to start your day, knowing you can handle anything that happens with a sense of ease. Horses live in the moment and encourage you to live in the moment with them while they teach you insights about yourself. Their wisdom is something that cannot be explained, only experienced. They do not care where you have come from or where you are going; they care only about how you are when you are with them.

Horses are large, but nevertheless easily frightened, prey animals whose survival has depended on becoming exquisitely sensitive to body language, innuendo, and emotional tone, and to the position and movement of objects in their sensory fields. Horses react to signals and intents of which we aren’t even aware; much less aware that we’re communicating outward. Horsemanship requires an appreciation of the non-verbal as well as verbal messages that we give to others. Because horses react to the most subtle human signals, they hold up a magnifying mirror to ourselves and our behaviors. In this mirror we see the image and path for our professional development and our personal growth.

Humans have been interacting with horses for centuries. These intelligent, sensitive, social creatures have instincts for relationships that help them live in harmony with each other and their world. They are honest and truthful and expect the same from those who interact with them. At one time, horses were a part of almost every household and family, but in recent decades, the balance, strength and wisdom learned from these magnificent animals has been lost to many. But today through our programs, horses can once again become our teachers and our healers.

Be sure to read our "Why Horses" page to learn more about our equine coaches and how these magnificent animals assist us.

“If God made anything more beautiful than horses, he kept it for himself. 
~Author Unknown~

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Is it safe?

We do everything possible to reduce the risk of physical or emotional harm. While there is always the inherent risk and possibility of physical injury when working with live animals, we include equine specialists (ES) with every program.  The ES focuses on proactively reading our horse’s cues and behaviors. However, because of the unpredictable nature of horses and ranch life, in order to participate in any of our programs, a completed release form must be on file or filled-in and signed upon arrival.  Equine activities are governed by Florida Statue releasing equine activity sponsors or equine professionals from liability.

Safety is important to us so only well-qualified, friendly horses are used for these activities. The horses are free during most of the activities, they are able to be themselves and interact with people as they choose. Trust and respect is part of creating an effective learning environment, a place that allows for personal and group awareness, innovation and change. We never force anyone to participate but most people find they trust us and our horses once they’ve met us and our herd. 

Activities are done on the ground and no horse experience is necessary. 

Three Horse Amigos

Horses are predictably unpredictable. 
~Loretta Gage~

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Will we ride horses?

For 99.9% of our programs, the answer is NO-SIR-RE-BOB!  However, if riding the horses is part of accomplishing the goal, we can add that into the activities.

Horse Eye To Your Soul

Show me your horse and I will tell you what you are. 
~English Proverb~

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Who should attend?

EVERYONE!!! At Equine ExperientialSM our vision is to offer healing, hope and growth in one's personal and professional life. With the use of horses, we encourage the participants with professional coaching, mentoring or counseling to help fully establish family or team dynamics. For those searching to expand their awareness, refresh with nature and find their truth with the help of our herd, we offer group coaching and interactive education with the horses in the form of fun yet enlightening workshops.

The special bond between horses and humans has the power to build integrity, confidence and self-awareness into the hearts of both children and adults. As one begins to understand the dynamics of the horse/human bond, they can better understand all the relationships in their lives. The many benefits of being with horses include building work ethics and healthy relationships, as well as instilling responsibility, assertiveness, self-assurance and enhancing non-verbal communication.

In every moment you are creating the story of your life. Each choice you make is an opportunity to take a step towards the life you want. Make each moment count! Our greatest wish at Equine Experiential℠ is that we can be a part of your story and help you live life at its fullest by using all your potential. Our two beautiful farms facilities are guaranteed to lower your stress just by visiting!


“The horse is an archetypal symbol which will always find ways to stir up deep and moving ancestral memories in every human being.”
~Paul Mellon~


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Do I need special equipment or clothing?

Our activities are all outdoors so wearing appropriate clothing is important. We always recommend dressing for the weather in this beautiful Florida outdoor experience. Layers of clothing work best.  Also, wearing close-toed, flat-soled shoes is a must!  Wear comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty with some dust and horse hair.

Horses Reflected The Pond

Horses make a landscape look beautiful.
~Alice Walker~

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Where can I find Equine ExperientialSM?

Equine ExperientialSM has a gorgeous location in Ocala, Marion County's Horse Capitol of the World.  We are in south Ocala by the Florida Horse Park off Hwy 475. We are easily accessible to Levy, Alachua, Lake, Citrus, Putnum and Sumter County, but we serve participants from anywhere.

When coming in from outside of Florida, Equine ExperientialSM is within 25 minutes of the Ocala Airport; 45 minutes from the Gainesville Airport and just over 1 hour from the Orlando International Airport. Our facility is within minutes of several motels/hotels. We will provide you with detailed driving directions to the facility when you book a workshop with us.

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A lovely horse is always an experience... It is an emotional experience of the kind that is spoiled by words.
~Beryl Markham~

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How do I book a session?

Email us by using the contact form
Or call us at: (352) 399-8833

Equine ExperientialSM offers many different programs and we specialize in four areas: T.E.E.N., T.E.A.M., L.E.A.D. and H.E.A.L.  Every clinic and workshop is individualized to your specific needs.  Please feel free to contact us for any reason.  We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Horse Siloutte

To many, the words love, hope, and dreams are synonymous with horses.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes~


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When is the next group workshop?

We book all group sessions on a "as needed" basis. Each clinic is specifically tailored to meet your individual group need!  We work with groups ranging from just a few to up to fifty.  However, larger groups are broken down into smaller ones to enhance each individual’s learning experience.

Horse Eyes

“A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.”
 ~Pam Brown~

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How much does it cost?

Cost varies based on the time, number of people, desired outcomes, etc.  Any published rates will be adjusted according to your personal needs. We pride ourselves in being able to work within your budget and are even open to proposals on exchange of services in some cases.

Please call (352) 399-8833 to discuss your specific request.

Horse Psychology 101

“If you have seen nothing but the beauty of their markings and limbs, their true beauty is hidden from you.”
~Al Mutannabbi~

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