The Equus Effect is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help veterans and others in transition rebuild healthy relationships through exercises and activities based on principles of natural horsemanship.
"There's something about the outside of a horse that's good for the inside of a man."- Sir Winston Churchill
Jane is a certified Experiential Learning with Horses Instructor. She graduated from the Eponaquest Program in Tucson, AZ in 2005. She is also a professional coach and facilitator who has taught leaders and individuals how to 'take back the reins' in their own lives. She's coached young people and adults through transitions from home to school, recovery to sobriety and changes in their careers. Jane has now turned her energy and attention to working with veterans and their loved ones who are making these significant transitions.
David is a certified Experiential Learning with Horses Instructor. He also graduated from the Eponaquest Program in Tucson, AZ in 2005. He brings his inherent gifts of compassion, curiosity and intuition to this work and has an uncanny sense of identifying the human concerns that lie beneath the surface. In his unique, gentle way, David is able to help veterans and others we work with learn how to make sense out of feelings and discover new ways of seeing through old patterns so that they can move from surviving to thriving.
Tracie is a Reiki Master and Instructor who also does equine massage. She provides a deep understanding of horses and human nature that is both enlightening and useful to our veterans. Her role with us is to keep our horses emotionally and mentally safe as well as to provide insights into the veterans' experience that most of us don't see.
Ali is our resident 'nurse' who has been with us since we began. She is first and foremost a horse-lover, a compassionate human being and has the kind of optimism we all need to keep going when the going seems hard.
Confidential, peer-to-peer program for veterans who wish to rebuild healthy relationships at home, work and school through the principles of Natural Horsemanship. These principles…also called 'horse whispering' involve learning the silent, but expressive language of the horse called 'equus.' Working in this respectful way with horses teaches students how to:
We build competence, confidence and patience. We teach vets more than skills. We teach vets how to BE better…not just DO better…in life.
Confidential program for veterans and their loved ones who want to focus on the more personal aspects of relationships at home. This program, based on one recognized by General Patraeus for veterans and their loved ones, helps accelerate the transition from military to civilian life for all members of the family. Just like the 'round table', the Round Pen is a place where everyone can be seen and heard. We and our equine coaches can show you how to ask for space, rebuild trust, set healthy boundaries and communicate in a way that works. Our horse partners can also help show you how to lead without force, relax without losing awareness and have some fun!
One-on-one coaching and group programs for individuals in times of transition who would like to find a better ways to navigate the waters of change.
If you are heading for college, recovering from (a) physical, emotional or spiritual dis-ease, moving from more to less - or less to more responsibility in your life, our horses can help build your capacity to meet those demands. We offer practical solutions, challenge you to face your fears and enhance your emotional fitness skills. Resilience and resourcefulness are required for change. Horses model both and teach us how to find those qualities in ourselves.
For veterans who have been through four sessions and earned a certificate of completion in Natural Horsemanship I are eligible to become Veteran Mentors for other vets and their families who wish to participate. This peer-to-peer support is invaluable to those first attending the coaching program and the active role as Veteran Mentor gives true meaning to the concept of trust-based leadership.
HORSES have three qualities that make them naturals at guiding people toward more effectiveness in the world
Their existence for 55 million-years has depended upon their ability to sense the heart rate, muscle tension and breathing of others from 30 feet away.
How they feel is exactly how they act. They don't talk so they don't lie. They also tell us EXACTLY how they feel about what we do by how they behave toward us. They're big biofeedback machines!
Horses don't care where you live or where you come from, they care about how you are with them right now. They teach presence, honesty and cooperation.
Horses are very clear about trust. Their nature as prey animals is to question the intentions of everyone and everything around them. So, when they trust you, they mean it and what that means is you're trustworthy.
There is nothing more heartwarming or empowering than to gain the trust of an animal who's both very selective and totally honest about who he chooses to follow… especially when he has a choice.