Program Overview


The EFM program is based on a foundation of safe horse handling practices and is informed throughout by the principles of natural horsemanship and mindfulness.

Safe Horse Handling

The safe horse handling module is a prerequisite for the Mindful Companionship or the Liberty Training Stream. It involves seven to ten hours of private instruction that will prepare you to safely handle a horse from the ground.  The links below provide an outline of each session. At the end of the module you will know the most important practices to keep you and the horse you are working with safe. 

Introduction to EFM

  EFM Session 1 – Safety First

  EFM Session 2 – Getting to Know You – Establishing Trust

  EFM Session 3 – Gaining Respect – Be the Leader Your Horse Needs

  EFM Session 4 – Communication – Intent and the Use of Pressure

  EFM Session 5 – Communication – Drive and Draw

  EFM Session 6 – Reinforcing Trust – Desensitization Exercises

  EFM Session 7 – Putting it all Together

 Safe Handling Assessment

 


Mindful Companionship

IIn this stream we will explore interesting ways for you to develop a deep and meaningful relationship with an equine mindfulness companion, one where you and your horse will be able to enjoy living in the present moment together. This stream will be based on activities such as grooming and walking the horse, as well as teaching the horse some ground based games you can have fun doing together. This stream will be offered as a combination of one on one instructional sessions and independent practice under the terms of a horse lease


Liberty Training – Strengthening the Connection to Your Horse

No matter what equine discipline you are drawn to – dressage, trail riding, or anything else – liberty training can strengthen your connection to your horse by improving your leadership and equine communication skills. Practice in this stream will be based (in part) on the teachings of Jonathon Field who in turn was taught by Pat Parelli. This stream will be offered as a combination of one on one instructional sessions and independent practice under the terms of a horse lease.