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In a world where bravery is often encouraged but rarely taught, where vulnerability is beginning to be recognized as an important skill but its often misused to cause even more fear, Starting Gate is here to help. 

Here we Open the Gate to unforgettable learning while working side by side with incredible teachers that are scientifically incapable of judgment. They are not specially trained for this, even though they are horses. They rely only on their basic instincts and social structure as horses to teach us valuable lessons in leadership, teamwork, empathy, trust, communication, confidence and more. All invaluable skills that lead to a brave life.

Why Horses?

For centuries the horse has drawn admiration and curiosity. There are countless stories of bonds made with horses as they worked in partnership with humans through wartime and peace. Throughout history horses had touched the lives of almost every human.
Today, in our modern world, horses seem inaccessible to the everyman or woman. They seem only for the social elite or for fairy tales. 

At Starting Gate - we truly believe that horses are still important to every human. They no longer need to carry us on their backs or pull us in carts, instead they are able to teach us important lessons just by being themselves. 

Horses by nature live in the moment. They are constantly surveying their environment and react to the stimulus around them. At Starting Gate that means they are going to give immediate reactions to our human participants words, body language and even emotions. Horses can magnify team dynamics and paired with a skilled facilitator bring important learning lessons to the forefront. Then these lessons can be applied to our everyday lives at home, school and work. 

How it works

Horses are incapable of judgement - they do not care what you look like, what you drive, or where you came from. They survive together as prey animals. This means they are constantly working together as a team to stay safe and stay connected. 

When we work together at Starting Gate - we include classroom time, arena time with the horses, and personal reflection time. All of these pieces are so important to successful learning and living a brave life. 

Will you Open the Gate and enter the arena?

Taylor has an amazing gift with horses and a passion for growth in people. It is a joy to see these two loves come together in a wonderful program.

Janell 

I have loved watching my kids in this program and how patient the teacher is with them. They are learning so much on how to work together as a team and gaining confidence in themselves at the same time.

Tawnya

I've seen the modules bring to light issues that, without them realizing, were holding people back.

Topher

Open the Gate

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We have been trained by the world-renowned Equine Connection - The Academy of Equine Assisted Learning Inc, who certify all over the world through the Academy of Equine Assisted Learning BuildingBlock™ course. You will see Equine Connection instructors in the videos provided, these will give a better understanding of our programs and workshops.

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