Introduction to EFM


Welcome

Welcome to Equine Facilitated Mindfulness. During this complimentary introductory session we will:

  • complete a short mindfulness practice in the presence of the horses
  • meet the horses, and
  • practice some basic (mindful) horse handling. 

Before You Arrive

Please Dress Appropriately

All EFM sessions take place outdoors. Please address appropriately for the weather in clothing you don’t mind getting dirty. Please wear sturdy footwear. Boots with steel toes are recommended.

Please Complete the EFM Waiver

Please download, complete and bring a copy of the EFM waiver with you to your session. If you are unable to do this before you arrive you will be provided with a copy.

Directions to the Horses

The horses are located at 32 Goodrich Road, Brighton Ontario . You are welcome to park in the driveway:)


Mindfulness Practice

The practice of mindfulness will be part of every EFM session. For the first session we will undertake a short breath based mindfulness practice in close proximity to the horses. The practice will  help us “let go” of our day and allow us to join the horses in their present moment existence.

Meet the Horses

We will practice approaching the horses in a friendly non-threatening manner, one which invites them to approach us. This will be the first application of the natural horsemanship principle of pressure/release of pressure. We will also discuss the important safety concept of how to maintain/protect your personal space.

Basic Horse Handling

We will start by haltering Danny who is the leader and ambassador of my little herd.  He is a very friendly horse and seems to really like hanging out with people. You will be able to touch and rub him, and depending on how things go, we may even spend some time grooming him and learning how to halter and un-halter him. As we spend “hands-on” time with Danny we can discuss key concepts and any other aspect of your experience you would like to.