Get the Facts: How it Works

We would love the opportunity to talk with you about which Gallop program best suits your needs. If you have something different in mind, let us know and we can talk about how to customize a workshop just for you or your organization.

In the meantime, here is a list of our most frequently asked questions.

What is Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)?

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills to meet educational, professional and personal goals through activities with horses.

What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)?

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is an interactive psychotherapy modality in which clients engage in activities with horses to address psychotherapy goals set forth by a mental health professional.

Do I need to have previous horse experience?

No previous horse experience is necessary. All are welcome.

Do we ride horses?

No, 100% of all activities take place on the ground. And, none of the instructors will be riding the horses during the program session, either.

What will we be doing?

You will be doing activities with the horses that are designed to elicit specific learning objectives.  This may include haltering or leading, as an example. The activities require no specific skills or experience, but all are hands-on and interactive. Some people describe the program as a type of “Ropes Course” with horses.

What do I wear?

Layers are best, a hat and sunscreen (on warm days). We also strongly recommend CLOSED TOE SHOES!

What do I need to bring?

Water is always good. And please bring your liability waivers.

What are the key benefits of working with horses?

  1. Horses are herd animals, their “herd” behavior resembles human relationships with “families”, “groups” or “teams” and thus provide people a chance to reflect on our interactions with these groups.
  2. Horses read body language with incredible accuracy and provide immediate and direct feedback allowing for real-time observations of behaviors, responses and patterns.
  3. Horses (and nature) are known to decrease activity of the sympathetic nervous system, thereby lowering the blood pressure and heart rate of people around them.
  4. Horses (and nature) are known to increase activation in the parasympathetic nervous system, releasing Oxytocin associated with positive emotional feelings.

What if I'm afraid of horses?

It’s not uncommon to be afraid of a larger animal.  But, it’s ok. We will go at a pace that is comfortable for you. And we will be on the ground at all times.  If you don’t want to get close, you don’t have to. You will still benefit.

What if I have allergies?

Most over the counter antihistamines work.  If you prefer, you do not have to touch the horse – unless you want to and many do!

How do I schedule a group or individual session?

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What does it cost?

Individual sessions cost $175 for a one-hour session. Group sessions vary depending on the size of the group, the length of time for the program, and the focus of the program. Please inquire for specifics so we can give you the best price possible for your goals.

What is your cancellation policy?

Individual sessions must be cancelled within 48 hours or the full fee is due.

Group sessions may be cancelled up to two weeks in advance. A full refund, minus a $100 deposit will be reimbursed.

What if it rains?

If it rains and we are unable to secure a covered space, you will have the option to choose a new date –or receive a full refund.

Who are some of past clients?

We have worked with tech leaders from Apple and Google. We have worked with executives from Banks and Universities.  And we have worked with cleantech teams from food to energy.

Please visit our past client list to learn more.

Can I customize a program?

Yes, if the current topics are not of interest and you would like us to design a specific program for your group, we are happy to do so. Please contact us for more information.