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Frequently Asked Questions

How do horses help people to self discovery?

Horses can magnify an individual's problem immediately and provide a skilled facilitator with an opportunity to identify an individual's character. Horses do not question a participant's motive but do challenge their behaviour and leadership.  Facilitators listen to the horse's non-verbal communication and have the ability to walk participants through the objectively driven exercises to find life altering changes and applications.

Why the name Parallel Effects?

Parallel Effects can be applied to the Equine Assisted Learning facilitation process.   Human - horse parallels bridge the gap between the "arena" and "real life" to allow the individual to better understand themselves.  They are designed to draw out the human vs horse dynamic and individual vs group interaction. Parallel Effects. 

Does your company have certification?

We are proudly certified by Equine Connection - The Academy of Equine Assisted Learning. It emphasizes it's one of a kind Building Block Curriculum of facilitating life skills through positively reinforced interaction with horses.  We are rquired to recertify yearly and are also a member of the EAL (Equine Assisted Learning) Network. It is a governing body that keeps us accountable to the welfare of our horses.

What do I need to bring?  What if I have allergies?

The only requirement is to wear closed toed shoes.  Also, wear clothes that you don't mind getting a little dusty.  Helmets are mandatory under the age of 18.  If required, they will be provided or feel free to bring one of your own. Please bring your own sunscreen or bug spray.  

Most people with allergies take an antihistamine before they come and are fine.  We just ask to be notified if there is an epipen in case of a severe reaction.

What if I am afraid of horses?

We all have different comfort zones for many different reasons.  What we all have in common is that when we step outside of our comfort zones we learn and progress. Often preconceived notions get in our way.  Being courageous and allowing the horse to honestly communicate gives us the opportunity to not only overcome fear but also become empowered by what we have accomplished and learned.  

"Never trust your fears, they don't know your strength." - Athena Singh 

Can parents, guardians or support staff watch?

There is a designated viewing area to watch, although we ask there be no interaction while the program is running.  

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