Why Horses?

Why Horses?

By Bettina Shultz-Jobe, Tim Jobe, Laura McFarland, and Kate Naylor

The following is an excerpt from the Natural Lifemanship Manual.  Our manual is intended to serve as a resource to support students’ learning as they move through our Fundamentals and Intensive trainings. (The suggested citation is at the end of this article)

Additionally, much more is taught about this subject in week 5 of the Fundamentals of NL.  This subject is also covered in this free webinar.


On every website for programs and practitioners utilizing equine assisted services (EAS) you are bound to find a page called, “Why Horses?” And rightly so.  Answering this question is vital to legitimizing our field and building a valid and intentional practice of EAS.

As professionals including sentient beings as partners in healing work, answering the question why” is our ethical obligation, and drives everything we do.

The answers to this question (and there are many) will inform our planning before sessions, our choices within sessions, our processing after sessions, and our care for our horses throughout.

First, why do we call our business Natural Lifemanship?

If you’re a horse person you know that Natural Lifemanship is a play on words from Natural Horsemanship (a horse training approach that has grown in popularity since the 1980’s), but it is also a clear departure from it.

Fundamentally, we teach a different way of thinking about the nature of the horse/human relationship, and we believe that the principles of how we engage with our horses should be the same as with humans and the rest of the world of which we are a part.  When beliefs and underlying principles change, behaviors and techniques are organically transformed.  We don’t have to prescribe techniques, for either humans or horses, when there is a clear and embodied understanding of guiding principles and beliefs.

The emergence of Natural Horsemanship was, thankfully, the beginning of more widespread, humane treatment of horses.  That said, oftentimes, the underlying principles are still steeped in power, domination, and control.  Kinder, gentler control is still control.  Mind control is still control.  Natural Lifemanship began a revolutionary change in the beliefs and principles at the heart of all healthy relationships, including those with horses.

At times, we use similar terms but they often have different meanings and unique logic that governs them.  Sometimes we change the term to reflect the differences, and sometimes we seek to reclaim the word being used.

Through your training with us, you will begin to understand why we say “It’s not about horsemanship, it’s about lifemanship.  AND it’s all about the relationship!”

These principles, which focus on the health of the relationship first and foremost, are not only about horses, and not only about humans – they are guides to relating to the world, and our lives, at large.  This is where the conversation about “why horses” begins.  And so, we call this Natural LIFEmanship.

Our Equines’ welfare depends on how we answer the question “Why Horses?”

Equine assisted services is the fastest growing equine related field in the world, and the truth is, our industry is one of the few that puts the welfare of the equines we work with at the forefront of the conversation.  How we interact with our equines now, the methods we choose and the ideals we put forth, will no doubt influence the rest of the equine industry.

In this way, we have a responsibility to think deeply about this question of “why horses”, and about how we answer this question.  In order to attempt to answer it satisfactorily we want to talk about a few big concepts.  Since our approach is grounded in the sentience, consent, and individuality of horses, new questions arise that may not have been explored before.  First, what is objectification (a common practice we argue has no place in equine assisted services)?  Second, what is a horse, really? And lastly, what is a horse not?

The Subject of Objectification as it Relates to Horses

One way we have looked at equine welfare is through the work of Martha Nussbaum.  Martha Nussbaum is a philosopher and law professor at the University of Chicago and speaks and writes on the subject of objectification, particularly as it relates to feminism.

She, of course, is speaking of humans, but what she expresses aligns with our principles and fits for all living beings, as we see it.  At the core of objectification is power, domination, and control whether we are speaking of humans or animals.

And when we think about trauma, what is underlying the traumatic experience is often power, domination and control.  So we must become incredibly intentional about how we interact with our horses in this work so as to not unintentionally re-enact the trauma that brought so many of our clients to us in the first place.

Let’s look at some of Nussbaum’s tenets of objectification:

  • Instrumentality, treating the other as a tool for his or her purposes.
  • Denial of autonomy, treating the other as lacking in autonomy or self-determination.
  • Fungibility, treating the other as interchangeable with others of the same type – as though each individual is mutually interchangeable.
  • Violability, treating the other as lacking in boundary integrity and violable.  This one is foundational to the concept of consent.
  • Denial of subjectivity, treating the other as though there is no need for concern for their experiences or feelings.
  • Ownership, treating the other as though they can be owned, bought, or sold.

Reading through this list, you probably notice that most of these concepts currently and actively exist in our wider cultural paradigms about equines.  What we must address then is, what does it do to our work when we objectify horses, and how do we objectify as little as possible?

Keep in mind that all of these concepts occur on a spectrum – even Nussbaum doesn’t name a tipping point at which we move into objectification, well, objectively.  It is our aspiration though, to objectify as little as is possible – this requires a deep exploration of our beliefs and practices regarding equines.

Let’s break it down to the other two questions mentioned earlier…

What is a horse?

  • A horse is a living animal, and more specifically, a mammal.
  • A horse is a relational, herd animal.
  • A horse is a sentient being.
  • Each horse is an individual.  If we truly want to have healthy, connected relationships with our horses we must shift our focus from what is good for the horse to what is good for this horse.  Attunement is key, and at the core of the therapeutic work done in NL.

What is a horse not?

  • A horse is not a tool or an instrument. If you find that you are using the horse like a tool, then it’s a good idea to utilize an inanimate object (a machine that mimics the movement of the horse, rocking chairs, swings, etc.). Way less liability and expense! Fewer ethical concerns.
  • A horse is not a mirror or reflection of me. A horse is a living, breathing, sensing, feeling, and thinking being. A horse can certainly respond to me, but this is quite different from mirroring my internal experience in some way.
  • A horse is not a metaphor.  Objects are often powerful metaphors, but when doing therapy, learning, or coaching, a living being should never be a metaphor for another individual.  However, our relational patterns can, indeed, surface in any relationship, including that with a horse.  We can experience triggers by the ways in which another, including the horse, might behave similarly to someone else in our life, but the horse is not a metaphor for that person. The relationship with the horse is a real relationship where patterns emerge, triggers can happen, and conflict resolution is sometimes necessary.
  • The horse is not a deity. A horse is not perfect. Not always present. Not always honest. (etc. etc. etc.) The desire for, or the illusion of, perfection always gets in the way of genuine connection. Deification is still objectification.
  • A horse is not a human. In order to do ethical work in this field we must explore and celebrate similarities AND differences.
  • A horse is not a therapist.

Some qualities that horses and humans share

  • Horses have a mammalian brain and nervous system
  • The nervous system of a horse can engage in fight, flight, freeze, and fawn
  • Attachment, bonding, and relationship are basic needs
  • Horses can embody trauma (i.e. hold onto trauma in their bodies)
  • Horses can check out, submit, appease, and dissociate
  • The horse’s brain, as a prey animal, naturally develops similarly to the traumatized human brain
  • The horse’s brain is plastic (changeable) and use dependent

Why then do we partner with horses?

NL partners with horses because of the reciprocal relationship that is possible. Horses are capable of engaging in healthy, genuine connection, relationship, and partnership.  This relationship can be profoundly deeper than words.

Within this relationship the client and horse are responding to each other which requires full body and brain activation and offers, when done consciously, a complete bottom-up brain experience.  Horses do, indeed, invite us to clearly communicate beyond words with our entire being.  They are beautifully sensitive to our internal states and energy, but this does not mean they are merely a metaphor or a mirror.

Why Do We Ride Horses?

The mounted work in particular can be especially healing – when done systematically there is proprioceptive and vestibular engagement, as well as the use of the other five senses, plus relational connection, and thinking.  This is how we heal and build new neural pathways.

Often in trauma, particularly developmental trauma, we have to go back to repair and rebuild parts of neural pathways that were missed the first time around (in fetal development, infancy, and early childhood), or damaged due to trauma later in life.  From a developmental perspective, the amount of brain activation and development that is occurring when a mother or caregiver holds an infant is critical to laying the foundation of future neural networks.  We can mimic this with mounted work.

We can connect with the one who carries us!

In the womb, and later when a caregiver holds an infant, the two are responding to each other in movement, verbal and non-verbal communication, touch, emotion – it can be a full brain and body experience that is simply not possible when using the horse as a tool.

Can human relationship principles really transfer to horses?

We are often asked if we can really transfer human relationship principles to the horse and vice versa?  The answer to this question can be found as we seek to understand the mammalian brain, body, nervous system, and attachment needs.  This will be discussed at length as you continue to learn with NL.

When we embrace our similarities, we can truly embody what is meant by humane and ethical treatment of both horse and human.

Copyright © by Natural Lifemanship, LLC.  All rights reserved.


Jobe, T., Shultz-Jobe, B., McFarland, L. & Naylor, K. (2021). Natural Lifemanship’s Trauma Informed Equine Assisted Services. Liberty Hill: Natural Lifemanship.




Layers Upon Layers of Learning

Layers Upon Layers of Learning

Last night we hosted Rebecca Hubbard with Pecan Creek Ranch for a webinar about integrating NL principles into practice.  Natural Lifemanship is a principle-based, client-driven and  equine-guided modality.  It is a perspective, an ethos, a philosophy, as well as an approach, which means that it can guide almost any service intended to help people learn, grow, and heal.  AND it is not a specific protocol, which is sometimes a challenge for those who are new to the field.

For me, one of the biggest takeaways from our webinar last night was that learning, growth, and healing is not a linear process – it’s a layered one.

Weaving the principles of NL into your practice is something that looks different for every practitioner and healer. While your journey is your own, it is our intention and our mission to walk with you every step of the way.

We are so excited about the many tools Reccia Jobe and Rebecca Hubbard have developed to help you integrate NL principles into your practice in a way that works for you and your clients.


Pecan Creek is Offering Discounts on Their Products!

Until September 10th, NL Members and those who sign up for this cohort of the Fundamentals of NL can take 15% off all tools and products on the Pecan Creek Ranch website.

If you are not an NL Member, you can learn more about membership and sign up here. This is just one of MANY benefits available to our community.  Once you join you’ll get a coupon code for 15% off Pecan Creek products.

If you have not taken the Fundamentals of NL, we would love to have you!  This training is the first step in the NL Certification process, and the place where most of our students start.  Sign up now and we’ll send you those coupon codes!


Natural Lifemanship is offering a special discount too!

We would also love for you to learn from Pecan Creek Ranch, in-person, at a Clinical Immersion, so we are offering a $75 discount to NL members and new NL Fundamentals students to attend this powerful and intimate learning experience.

During the Clinical Immersion you will have the opportunity to see Reccia and Rebecca in action – observe therapy sessions and ask questions in real-time. Your time with them is fully customized, and you can attend once you finish the Fundamentals of NL! (The Clinical Immersion can also be counted toward your NL Certification!)

Save $75 on this immersion when you register before September 10th.  Once you register, Pecan Creek will reach out so you can choose dates that work for you.  Sign up for the Fundamentals of NL or Become an NL Member and we’ll send you the coupon code for $75 off.

Sign up for the Fundamentals of NL


Become an NL Member


I’m Drowning and Don’t Know How to Begin. . .

Remember, learning is a layered process!  Start with the Fundamentals of NL.  Purchase tools to help you integrate your learning into the work you’re doing with clients.

Keep learning.

If you can swing it, come to a Clinical Immersion.  BUT whatever you do, PURCHASE THIS BOOK!

Rebecca Hubbard and Reccia Jobe’s new book, “I’m Drowning and Don’t Know How to Begin: 26 Invitations for Exploration in Equine Assisted Services for Working with Children and Teens” is just so good!  You can get it on amazon!


We look forward to witnessing the many meaningful layers you’re building into your practice.  Thank you for doing your part to make this world a better place.




What Services Do Your Equines Assist?

What Services Do Your Equines Assist?

By Bettina Shultz-Jobe with Kate Naylor

In a recent webinar we discussed the importance of having a clear understanding of the service you provide when offering *Equine Assisted Services in your community.

When communicating with clients, collaborative partners, or funding sources it is imperative that we can speak to how our service helps others, who it helps, if there is any research on this service, and last but certainly not least, how does incorporating horses into that modality make that service a richer, deeper, more embodied and effective experience for the participant?    

While this  blog will not focus on the “Why Horses?” part of the conversation, (admittedly, the part that most of us love to talk about!) how we answer this question IS super important, and was discussed during this webinar if you’re interested.  It’s also a conversation for another day.

So then, let’s talk about the first part of our communication about what we do, which is also very important – the services your equines assist. . .

*Learn more about our terminology here.


Foundations of Service

It is crucial that we understand how we would serve our clients without horses present before we can ethically and effectively incorporate horses into our work.  Yes, horses are such powerful partners, but they aren’t the only part of the process….AND there is just so much more to hold when they are part of your services.  

In this field we offer what is called Equine Assisted Services – an umbrella term that encompasses things like:

  • Equine Assisted Mental Health and Counseling or Equine Assisted Psychotherapy which is facilitated by a licensed mental health professional.
  • Equine Assisted Coaching facilitated by a certified coach.
  • Equine Assisted Energy Work
  • Equine Assisted Health and Wellness
  • Equine Assisted Spiritual Direction
  • Equine Assisted Reading Support (yes, even this is a thing!  I discussed it in the webinar I mentioned at the beginning of this blog.)
  • The list can go on and on. . .

NL teaches you how to incorporate horses into the service you provide in a trauma informed manner.  This approach is based in the relational sciences and is attachment focused. 

In order to use the Natural Lifemanship approach ethically and effectively, you must know what services you provide separate from the inclusion of horses. You can explore this idea further by asking yourself…what have I learned about how humans heal, and what do I believe about how humans heal? What skills do I offer people to support their healing? What are my goals when I work with a client? If I couldn’t work with the horses today, would I still be offering competent services to my clients?

Several of you have asked that we provide some suggestions of places you can get more support, guidance, and education as you hone the services you provide.

There simply is no way for us to give you an exhaustive list, so I have narrowed this list down the following ways:

    1. The list below includes only trainings that do not require participants to have a Master’s level education or license in the therapy field.  Mental health, occupational, and physical therapists often find it easier to describe the service they provide, so I wanted this blog to offer support, or a starting point for those who are outside of the “therapy” box.
    2. I shared several trainings that I have personally completed and have found to be very helpful in the work I do with people and horses.  Many licensed professionals will find these trainings beneficial, but a professional license is not a requirement to attend.   Again, all of the trainings below can help build a skill-set and refine the service someone outside of the therapy field is offering.
    3. I have also included some trainings that NL  trainers or certification students have completed, but I, personally, have not.  We have over 300 certification students that come from various backgrounds and I spend a lot of time with most of them  – during the certification process it is often clear to me when a person has trained in a way that better prepares them to integrate NL into their practice.
    4. Lastly, I have chosen services in which the integration of horses as partners seems natural and organic.  Horses do a beautiful job of assisting these services, if you will.

I hope you find this list helpful as a starting point.  I also included a few links to some NL content if you are interested in exploring a certain category of services with us.

By the way, more learning for NL Members is coming soon in every single one of these categories!   To be notified when we release new trainings and resources in these categories, sign up for our newsletter.


Trauma Informed Care

Trauma informed care is for everyone!  This is why it is the backbone of the Natural Lifemanship trainings, and informs many of the services that follow in this list.  NL offers a detailed overview, however there is plenty more to learn if this is to be a service you choose to offer.

Trauma informed care simply means that one is working from a place of 1)understanding the neurobiology of humans and how trauma affects that neurobiology, 2) understanding the value of rhythm and how to offer it, both literally and figuratively, and 3) is relationship first focused (relationship before task – this is easier said than done in day to day life).

Trauma Informed Care is a perspective, an ethos, a philosophy, as well as an approach, and can therefore be utilized in literally any service.

The Neurosequential Model:  Dr. Bruce Perry.  Tracks offered for clinicians, educators, caregivers, sports coaches and trainers, clinical supervisors, and clinicians who work with young children.

Nurturing the Heart with the Brain in Mind:  Bonnie Badenoch

The Mindsight Institute:  Interpersonal Neurobiology with Dr. Dan Siegel


NL content available if you are interested in exploring this direction:

The Fundamentals of NL teaches many of these foundational concepts.

Conversation with Bonnie Badenoch for NL Members

Trauma Informed and Developmentally Sensitive Schools for NL Members

Trauma Informed Care and Trauma Informed Relationships are for Everyone for NL Members

NL Connection Kits to support bottom-up regulation


Somatic Work

“Somatic” means “relating to the body”.  As our understanding of human beings has evolved and deepened, one thing has become clear no matter the theory or perspective…the body is not simply a machine executing the brain’s wishes, it is alive with its own way of thinking and feeling and it informs all that we do.

If we wish to support humans in a healing process, at the very least, a basic awareness of how the body is involved in developing a person’s lived experience is necessary.  Not only will somatic training aid you in supporting humans, it will deepen your relationship with yourself and your horses as well.  All of this learning will complement what NL teaches.  Horses are natural partners for somatic, body-based, and movement practices.

Somatic Experiencing

The Center for BodyMindMovement

Uzazu Embodied Intelligence

Body-Mind Centering


NL Member content available if you are interested in exploring  this direction:

Healing Attachment Wounds Through Movement with Bettina Shultz-Jobe

Orientation:  Moving into Presence with Mark Taylor

Somatic Experiencing®, Attachment and Touch with Sarah Schlote

NL Intensive and Personal Immersion delve into this much more.



Coaches typically assist people in identifying, pursuing and achieving specific goals and objectives.  When working with humans to support their growth and development, no matter the modality, it is necessary for providing ethical services that the provider have a basic rationale for why and how they will approach a session, as well as develop goals to guide the work.

Coaching trainings will support you in learning how to provide that structure for your clients. Horses tend to give very genuine and honest feedback so their interactions with humans can help clarify patterns of behavior, relating, and communication that may be contributing to a client feeling stuck or blocked from moving forward in their life.

International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaching

Neuro Somatic Intelligence Coaching

Ontological Coaching


Experiential Facilitator Training

The human nervous system needs experiential learning to turn information into embodied knowledge. Purely cognitive approaches to healing take us only so far – in order to promote lasting change in a client, we must include the whole experience – not just thoughts, but emotions, sensations, perceptions, relationships, etc.

Facilitating a client experientially can be quite different from traditional talk approaches and requires a separate skill set. Learning to support your clients in having a healing experience takes training and practice.

Facilitation 101

We!  With Chad Littlefield

Mark Collard – based in Australia, but has super valuable online learning


NL Member Content available if you are interested in exploring this direction:

Rainy Day Activities: Trauma informed, experiential activities that can be done without horses AND that blend well with EAS programming


Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness and meditation practices focus on bringing the mind into the present moment, which can include noticing our surroundings with our senses, observing our internal experience, and tracking the body’s experience as well.  Often some breathwork is involved. These practices support clients in grounding and regulation which are the foundation of any future healing, and can be utilized anytime, making them incredibly approachable practices.

Both mindfulness and meditation trainings are a great entry point for those wishing to provide healing services – often trainings offer a protocol or specific skill set that can be implemented immediately.  Of course, fine tuning one’s offering takes time.

The Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Little Flower Yoga:  Mindfulness and Yoga for Children


Content available to NL members if you are interested in exploring this direction:

Mindfulness Practices to Build Connection with Shannon Knapp


Therapeutic Drumming

The research that supports drumming keeps rolling in.  The individual or group connection that occurs through rhythmic music making can be a powerful offering in the support or healing of clients. It is also playful, creative, and engaging! (AND so amazing when the horses are part of this!)

Upbeat Drum Circles with Christine Stevens

Health Rhythms

Village Music Circles with Arthur Hull


NL Content available if you are interested in exploring this direction:

Finding Your Rhythm:  Therapeutic Drumming with Mary Oliver and Reccia Jobe for NL Members

NL Rhythm Resources

Rhythmic Riding and Personal Immersion both integrate therapeutic drumming

Rhythmic Passages for Wellbeing with Mary Oliver  for NL Members

The NL Drum Connection Kit



Everyone breathes, it happens automatically.  And, everyone can control their breath, with practice.  Our breath is linked to our nervous system in intricate ways and the one influences the other.  Learning to aide clients in breathwork is a simple and effective way to support them in regulating themselves, staying connected to their own internal and external experiences, and begin healing from the inside out. The breath is a tool everyone has access to, regardless of circumstance, making it a highly approachable service to offer.

Heart Math Institute

Online Breathwork Teacher Training


NL Member content available if you are interested in exploring  this direction:

I recently did some teaching for NL members about ways we have integrated the HeartMath emwave into our work here and here.   

Breathing Practices for Nervous System Awareness and Regulation with Jennifer Cohen Harper.


Energy Work

So much of our human experience occurs in the unseen exchange of energy between ourselves and the world around us. Training in energy work can support a practitioner in honing in on this exchange of energy and facilitate energetic movement that fosters healing in a variety of populations.

The language of horses is largely energy based.  Horses communicate with their bodies and provide rich opportunities for people to learn how to tap into this deeper knowing of the rhythm and flow of the energy of their own bodies.

Reiki – Many of our certification students are trained in Reiki.  Mary Oliver, our Rhythm and Art Education Coordinator, recommends that you find a qualified Reiki Master for Usui Reiki (teachings of Mikao Usui) that has good reviews.  Some of our students recommend Torsten A. Lange,  The International House of Reiki, and Simply Reiki. 

Eden Energy Medicine

Emotional Freedom Techniques:  EFT Tapping Training Institute


NL Content available if you are interested in exploring this direction:

Personal Immersion and NL Intensive touches some of these concepts

Tapping into Peace:  Percussive Tapping Techniques for Self-Regulation and Soothing for NL Members

Chakra Balancing with Michelle Holling-Brooks



Yoga is an excellent way to support connection to one’s own body and internal experience – it offers rhythmic and intentional movements that explore, soothe, and strengthen.  When conducted in a trauma informed manner, yoga can be very healing for the body and cultivate growth that is beyond or beneath words.

The Trauma Conscious Yoga Institute

Little Flower Yoga:  Mindfulness and Yoga for Children


Parts Work

“Parts work” is the idea that every individual is multi-faceted, or contains multiple sides or parts of self.  These parts come alive for different reasons, to serve different purposes, and make up the beautiful and complex nature of being human.  Supporting clients in working with their “parts” destigmatizes and expands the range of human experience, which often allows clients to experience less shame and a more integrated, central sense of self.

Jungian Archetypes also address a similar concept – that the human experience is both collective and individual, we all experience a wide variety of ways of being in the world and identifying too strongly with parts, or rejecting parts, can lead to suffering.

In archetypal work and parts work, the practitioner supports the client in seeking balance, and feeling whole – this is a perspective anyone can operate from to support healing in self and others.

IFS Institute

Life Architect

Pacifica (This one is an M.A. or Ph.D program)

Jungian Archetypes Diploma Course


Content available through NL membership if you are interested in exploring this direction:

A journey from Parts to Self with Jenn Pagone



Psychodrama is an experiential way of facilitating clients that involves making what is internal become external. Psychodrama supports the processing of memories, intentional acknowledgement of the present, exploration of dreams, engagement with parts and unavailable others, and practicing for the future – which makes it a suitable facilitation approach for a variety of practitioners, and blends well with a variety of other methods. This approach can be done with individuals and groups and involves constructing figurative and literal representations of an image, experience, place, etc so that the “director” and client can walk through the experience together.  

American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy

American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama

Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organizations


Polyvagal Theory

Polyvagal theory is an emerging approach that addresses the experience of the nervous system in response to social and environmental cues.  Techniques developed from the theory support practitioners and clients in noticing and regulating nervous system functioning in order to find safety and calm within the body. This groundbreaking theory and its ongoing development will no doubt continue to be cutting edge in the field of health and wellness.


Deb Dana’s Rhythm of Regulation


Content available through NL membership if you are interested in exploring this direction:

Doing Attachment-Based Work (in-person and through telehealth)


Working with Children and Parents

Children and their parents make up a significant portion of the clientele seeking equine assisted services. Learning to support families in cultivating their own health can be an incredibly satisfying endeavor, with a wide ripple effect. When we understand how the relationship is the vehicle for change, we can positively impact children and their parents no matter our background.

Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)

Being With with Robyn Gobbel


Content available through NL if you are interested in exploring this direction:

NL for Young Children and Parents


Spiritual Direction

Healing often requires engagement with mind, body, and spirit/soul. There are many ways to become a spiritual mentor to anyone who feels called to the role.

Spiritual Direction International

The Living School is considered a wisdom school so it doesn’t fully fit under this category, but I am placing it here because of the profound manner in which its students seem equipped to guide people in contemplative spirituality.

The Sacred Art of Living A school offering many learning paths in the art of both living and dying.


Content available through NL if you are interested in exploring this direction:

Natural Lifemanship for Spiritual Connection



The Enneagram is a powerful tool for inner work.  It helps us and our clients understand why we do what we do – the subconscious drives that motivate us and shape our patterns of relating in the world.  The enneagram begins with self- awareness and empowers individuals to take responsibility for their own growth and development, offering choice and leading to healing and greater freedom and integration.

The Enneagram Institute

The Narrative Enneagram

Chestnut Paes Enneagram Academy

Integrative 9 Enneagram Solutions

The Enneagram Prison Project

Unbridled Change Enneagram Series


Master the Fundamentals

The Fundamentals of NL is the best place to start for those who have a clear sense of the service they provide, and for those who are still refining their service or scope of practice.  This training provides foundational knowledge, skills and hands-on experience to help you take the next step.  If you’re ready to incorporate horses into your work in a trauma-informed and relationally focused way, NL will meet you where you are on your journey.

The Fundamentals of NL is the first step on the NL Certification path and is only offered a couple times a year.  Our final cohort for 2023 begins in September. Join us!




NL Trainers are at the Top of Amazon’s Best Sellers List today!

NL Trainers are at the Top of Amazon’s Best Sellers List today!

If you’re checking out the best new releases in Child Psychology on Amazon today, you may recognize some familiar names. Three of our brilliant and beloved colleagues who teach sections within the NL Intensive have just released books that are at the very top of the list!


#1 New Release on Amazon in Child Psychology

I’m Drowning and Don’t Know How to Begin: 26 Invitations for Exploration in Equine Assisted Services for Working with Children and Teens by Rebecca J. Hubbard, MS, LMFT and Reccia Jobe. 


Reccia and Rebecca teach a section in the NL Intensive called “Hidden in Plain Sight:  The Signs and Symptoms of Dissociation.”




#2 New Release on Amazon in Child Psychology

Raising Kids With Big, Baffling Behaviors: Brain-body-sensory Strategies That Really Work  by Robyn Gobbel with a foreword by Bonnie Badenoch, PhD.


While Robyn is not an NL trainer, she is a highly respected colleague of ours.  She  teaches a section of the NL Intensive called “Playfulness is the Treatment.”





When you register for the NL Intensive you’ll get to learn from all three of these amazing professionals.. If you haven’t registered yet, join us today – AND let us know what you think of these books!