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Rating: 5

This is the most important work I have ever done. The idea to use GROUNDWORK with MINI HORSES to help teach self-mastery and build true leadership and strong character is an ingenious way to reach people of all backgrounds and ages and to help educate humanity about the amazing possibility of services horse are able to provide. This one on one relationship with a horse includes active exploration of traits like, honesty, courage, compassion, loyalty, consistency and patience, in the specially developed series: BUILDING TRUST THROUGH UNDERSTANDING. It requires focus and elevated awareness of our body, its position, movement and carriage for all of this is the language used by these horses. 17 mini horses are kept in the herd setting when they are not busy training people. This offers a setting that induces enough culture shock to induce participants abandon all preconceived notions about themselves and horses. While they learn how to navigate the horse through obstacles, jumps or complicated dressage movements, they have to learn all about themselves, the horse, their instincts and senses. This is such a personal experience that self awareness progresses to self confidence and esteem in ways that are permanent and transferrable to other life situations. We hear this from teachers, students and parents. The minis have never failed. Often people who have big horses are surprised by their affinity for this work and the huge amount they learn just about the horse in general! This is the only program I know of that ensures advanced engineering and science courses along with exercise, recreation and social development skills. What an efficient and effective program.