From the Ground Up

kristin_cocoThis is an instructional program for people who have always wanted to have a relationship with horses but have never been able to, or who used to be with horses a long time ago and would like to get back into the equine world. Using the tools of Natural Horsemanship, I work on an individual basis to teach core communication skills to create a relationship of trust and respect with the horse on the ground. We eventually work “up” toward the experience of riding. We work with my horses, and no previous horsemanship experience is necessary.

This gentle yet firm approach to horsemanship will help you learn more about yourself in ways that will help you in all of your relationships.​​

​​​Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

DSC03274In these therapeutic sessions the purpose is to open to horses as the natural healers that they are. Each horse-human relationship is unique, and the lessons that come to an individual through connecting with a horse helps heal old wounds, including past trauma, and build new neural pathways in the brain to support healthier more authentic patterns of relationship to oneself and to others.

2 thoughts on “Horsemanship

  1. Hi Kristin,
    I am interested in your horsemanship program for myself, and in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy in general.
    I have always valued the healing and confidence and emotional connection I associate with horses. I have been around horses off and on, and I worked as a volunteer at Little Bit in Woodinville.
    I live on Whidbey Island and my childhood “happy place” is Orcas Island.
    I have had an excellent therapist for 20 plus years (Dr. Sue Wiedenfeld), and I am open and interested in learning more about your horsemanship program.
    Thank you!
    Beth Sirlin

    • Hello Beth,

      Thank you for contacting me! I am happy to inform you more about my programs here on Lopez. As we move into spring I am getting in gear for my spring/summer offerings. I also want to let you know that I am co-leading a 3-day workshop in Chehalis, WA the week-end of April 4-6 with Leigh Shambo who is the founder of the program I am certified in (the HEAL model: Human Equine Alliances for Learning). If you are interested, I can send you more info. It is a fabulous way to immerse yourself in what horses have to teach us.
      You can e-mail me at

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