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Horse Sense Business Sense
6919 Meadows Town Road
Marshall, North Carolina 28753

Phone: (828) 683-7304
Fax: (828) 683-6281




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Horse Sense Business Sense helps professionals in the many fields of Equine Assisted Practices offer top-level programs in their communities through workshops/trainings, symposiums & conferences, consulting & immersion programs, curriculums, a working student program, and much more.

Over a decade ago, Horse Sense began the journey into becoming a top-notch EAP/EAL facility. We are eager to help other Therapeutic Horsemanship, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning programs make it, and make a difference, in their community.

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What's New at Business Sense?


Back to School!

We tend to think about school being "just for kids."  Over the years, professionals have realized that education beyond the formal education system is KEY to continued growth and success in their careers!

After all, things change. New techniques are developed. New insights are discovered. Continuing education means you can combine your valuable experience with modern thinking. It is the best of both worlds!  

Along with the realization that everyone has different learning styles (visual, aural, verbal, physical) is the reality that education can be delivered effectively through different modes - online, in person, etc.   That's why you will see offerings at Horse Sense for those who are able to come out to the farm.  We would LOVE to have you here, but understand that time and travel is not easy to fit into calendars and budgets.  With that in mind, Horse Sense offers a wide range of options for furthering your knowledge in the field:

  •  Online experiences - we try to highlight these each month in this newsletter. But you can always find information on our websites ( and

  • Virtual Business Building Intensive (VBBI)videos (Nuts & Bolts, Business Sense, Programming, and All About Horses). These videos have some of the best in the business sharing their thoughts on important topics! See the VBBI page of the website for more information.

  • Have you checked out the Horse Sense Store lately? There is curricula and program manuals, Skill Cards, Books/e-books, and audio/visual materials. We are constantly adding new materials - take a look and see what's new!  

  • Horse Sense Vets-for-Vets (LAUNCHING IN 2017!): this year-long certification will be taught by veterans and leaders in the field of Therapeutic Horsemanship.

There are several ways to keep up with the progress being made in the field!  Get your "bus pass" with one of the methods above - school is starting!  



Observing without interpreting is a key foundation in the EAGALA Model, and one of the biggest challenges for facilitators. When watching through the framework of SPUD’s (Shifts, Patterns, Unique, Discrepancy, and Apostrophe S), observations must be specific, objective, behavioral actions of clients and horses seen through an unclouded lens. In other words, observations without judgment, biases, beliefs and assessments and discover their own solutions---the solution –oriented standard of the model.

In EAGALA, this is referred to as “Clean Language.” Clean Language is a term developed by David Grove in the 1980s. It is about the facilitators keeping opinions and advice to themselves, while listening and observing attentively, asking clean questions, and exploring metaphors being brought out by the client in the client’s language. Through this process, clients naturally change by their own direction, instead of someone trying to “force” change. In the arena with horses, it allows the client and horses to “be” and truly experience the moment.

One of the most important qualities of an EAGALA Model facilitator is the ability to be sincerely and genuinely curious: curious about what the client really thinks and believes, curious about what the horses are doing and what it might mean to the client, curious about what the clients and horses might do next,...

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Keeping Your Cool

We have had several days in a row of 90+ temperatures. It's all about staying cool.  How can you "stay cool" when facing challenges in your business? 

A difficult client takes over your mood. Your computer doesn't do what you want it to do. All your planning for an upcoming project just seems to fall apart. You feel your heart pounding and your blood pressure going up.   

We all know that violence against a barn door is not the answer.  So how DO you keep your cool? Here are just a few tips to get your through those moments when nothing seems to be going right.    

  • Breathe and count to 10 (really!) - Sounds cliche, but it gives you time to step back and put things in perspective.
  • Vent to that person that you know you can trust to keep your confidence - it can be so stress-relieving to just discuss your aggrevations with a trusting colleague. Again - it is an opportunity to gain perspective.
  • Take a break - grab a short ride with your favorite four-legged friend, go grab a cup of coffee or take a walk.  And do yourself a favor and leave that cellphone and access to email behind.
  • Some folks find it very cathartic to write out their frustrations. BUT DO NOT SEND IT TO ANYONE.  Once you have spilled out your feeings on paper, shred (or permanently delete) any evidence.  

We all have those days when "temperatures rise" in our business.  Have a few routines in place that will help calm you down and prevent a bad situation from growing into something worse. And by all means - STAY COOL!