Q: Do we ride the horses?
No. When a person is on a horse's back the horse is responding to how it was trained to respond. Instead, when a person is on the ground working with a horse, the horse is responding directly to the person and their energy in that moment. This makes for a very authentic experience that brings about real learnings that are specific to that client.
Q: Why horses?
Horses provide an excellent opportunity to be in relationship with other beings that do not judge, shame or blame and who are 100% in the present moment. They are large and powerful animals that require focus and provide immediate feedback to how we are approaching the world. Through them we are able to assign meaningful metaphors that bridge the learning experiences from the pasture to our life.
Q: Who can benefit from Acres for Life?
Equine-assisted work has proven successful with individuals and groups from all walks of life: children, adolescents, adults, families, couples, and professional teams. Programs are specifically tailored to focus on the needs of the individual or the group.
Q: I have never been around horses, is that a problem?
Nope! No horse experience is necessary!
Q: What should I wear for a session?
Dress comfortably in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty! We work year-round in all types of Minnesota weather. While there is some protection from the cold, you will still be outside, so dress warmly in the winter months. It may be best to dress in layers to prepare for any type of weather since a session may start out at one temperature and change as the session progresses. Jeans are always appropriate. Closed toe shoes are required for footwear. If you need to borrow some warm winter duds or boots we have some for you to borrow while you are with us!
Q: I am afraid of horses. Can I still benefit from this type of therapy?
Absolutely! Working within a supportive environment, it is your fear that may prove especially effective in breaking through old patterns and revealing important insights. No prior knowledge of horses and/or horsemanship is necessary.
The therapists and equine specialists at Acres for Life are highly trained, both within their respective professions and by EAGALA, the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. Continuing education and training, and third-party supervision are an ongoing part of our educational process.
Q: What is the pricing of a session?
Programs are individually designed for specific needs. Please contact us for specific pricing details. Or see our Rates and Insurance Tab!
We are happy to answer any further questions you may have about Acres for Life. Please contact us directly for additional information.