Equine Assisted Coaching sessions are one of the fastest and most lasting learning experiences out there. In an equine assisted coaching session, we work with horses at liberty (no saddles or bridle) and on the ground, rather than riding, to help you learn about yourself and the ways you communicate and express yourself in the world.
Because you are outdoors with an animal while learning, many clients find this method of coaching provides learning that is very easy to access going forward, like a lesson that stays with you. The learning is visceral and unique to you and therefore easy to recall. You learn in a part of your brain that is different than verbal learning such as talking or reading.
Jane uses her horses and one donkey as coaching assistants. As highly social, non-predatory and incredibly aware animals, they provide excellent assistance because their natural instincts and way of living make them well equipped to help us learn about non-verbal aspects of communication and how we present ourselves in the world. Besides that, they are beautiful and each one has their own fun and unique personality which can make the learning process more enjoyable.
Jane uses on-the ground horse work to shed light on not only communication styles and non-verbal communication, but also how our human mind can sometimes take the reins out of our hands and take us into the past or the future rather than staying in the present moment. Scientifically, we are learning the impact on our body and our relationships when we are in this past and future mindset. It can create unnecessary distraction, stress and uneasiness. The power in horse work is that it can help us learn and practice unique, personalized techniques to better enable us stay in the present moment, which is proven to build happiness, calm, life efficiency, and improved relationships with the self and others.
Jane’s herd and work is all done at Serendipity Farm, a stable right in the heart of Dallas’ Preston Hollow Neighborhood.
Meet the ASSISTANTS
A Texas Thoroughbred born in 2005, she began racing in 2007.
After a racing career in which her top finish was 2nd, the owners sent her to auction in 2015 where she was purchased by the Thomas Foundation Horse Rescue in Pilot Point, Texas.
A fun fact, Sheena was originally named Kitty Mambo, but was renamed in 2016 as the rescue thought from reading her lip tattoo (all Thoroughbreds are lip tattooed and registered by the Jockey Club) that she was the racehorse Strawberry Sheen.
In 2017, Jane adopted Sheena and brought her to Serendipity Farm. After her adoption, Jane sent some of her mane hair to the Jockey Club to confirm her date of birth for veterinary purposes and discovered that she is the great-great-granddaughter of the racehorse Secretariat and the granddaughter of Storm Cat, another very successful racehorse.
Sheena is bold, aware, high-energy, and loves companionship of the herd, especially her best friend, Clover.
A Missouri Foxtrotter born in Texas in 2008. By 2015, Clover moved to the Thomas Foundation Horse Rescue.
In 2017, Clover was adopted by Jane, finding her new home at Serendipity Farm.
Clover and Sheena created a bond while spending time at the Thomas Foundation Horse Rescue before Jane arrived and adopted Clover and her new buddy. The two continue to have a close and strong bond.
Clover is calm, smooth, gentle, solid, dependable and carries the impressive features of soulful eyes and a perfect tail. Literally, she could have a future career in tail extensions for show horses.
Born in 2012, Ed worked as a guard donkey for a flock of sheep along with his sister Lucy, another white donkey.
In early 2017, Ed and Lucy were sold in an auction when their owner stopped keeping sheep. By early March of 2017, Ed and Lucy moved to Pilot Point Thomas Foundation. Sadly, Lucy passed the first evening.
Ed was distraught after the death of his companion, but within a few weeks, Belle “adopted” him at the rescue, eventually introducing him to the rest of her herd.
By April 2017, Ed was adopted by Jane and joined the rest of the herd at Serendipity Farm, including his new companion, Belle.
Ed is our sweet, gentle, compassionate, at times in his own world, solo donkey. He is a kindred spirit and knows when to give comfort and support to not only herd members, but also humans.
A Quarter Horse/Paint Mix born in 2009 in Missouri, later to move to Oklahoma where she was renamed Dancer.
In 2015, Belle was rescued from a kill pen by Thomas Foundation in Pilot Point, Texas, where her name was changed to Belle.
In 2017, Belle was adopted by Jane and moved to Serendipity Farm. Similar to Sheena and Clover, Belle and Ed met at the Horse Rescue and continue to have a strong companionship to this day.
Belle is a grazer, curious, loving, and always welcoming to her new herd arrivals. But don’t let her fool you, her bold beauty isn’t the only thing that is strong, she has a bold personality and opinion.
Born in 2015, she was purchased at the age of 3 months by a polo training facility. But the sport of polo was not for Little Blue.
She is the newest member of the herd here at Serendipity Farm who joined in November 2018.
She is curious, playful, sweet and loving. She even likes to give kisses (think dog kisses).
A Quarter Horse born in 2005 in Wyoming.
The original owner was going to sell him and have him transported to Mexico, but Sandbrook Ranch in Aubrey agreed to pay his transport to Texas to save him from that fate.
At Sandbrook, Boudro became a well respected cutting horse working on the ranch.
Jane purchased him in September 2018 to join the Serendipity Farm herd.
Boudro is bold and quiet charmer out of the mix. He has a unique, strong and calm energy. He loves to greet you first whenever you walk nearby, gives a little nose nudge if you are near and loves all of your attention.