FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


HOW IS EQUINE CONNECTION DIFFERENT? 

WE USE HORSES! Why choose a 1200 pound teacher?

There is no pushing around these teachers. Our participants will have to step up. If a horse doesn’t have a leader, they will become the leader. 

They are a prey animal. 

This means their senses are highly astute. They can hear our heart beat and they will react the slightest changes within a team - allowing facilitators to find those “teachable moments”.

They are just like us - sort of.

Horses have a lot to teach us, but they are also a lot like us.  Herds to horses are teams to people. Horses require a leader that they trust and respect, just like we would love to have in the workplace. These parallels give us the ability to parallel everything that happens to real life so that what you learn really sticks!

Quite simply, the horse does the teaching; facilitators are there to offer explanation and provide guidance as they work through the solution. Working with horses creates memories that we can apply to our lives and retain far longer than sitting in ‘just another classroom'.

lasting change because you can't fool the teacher!

Our, one of a kind, BuildingBlock™ Certified Equine-Assisted Learning Program© will teach your group how four-legged teachers assist participants in learning the power and strength of non-verbal communication and change within themselves. This is a powerful journey of teaching, learning and understanding. This is NOT just a fun day out, well, it is still fun, but it is a skill building session that will give you an increase in profits.  We can help you make sure you have the right people in the right positions. 

FUN + HANDS ON LEARNING = CHANGE

  • Immediate change through experiential learning
  • Objective and outcomes tailored to your organization
  • Itemization of the issues facing the company
  • Solid understanding of who is in your team and how to effectively work together
  • Great leadership comes with being a great communicator
  • Horses reveal the hidden dynamics of your leaders and teams

?ARE THERE ADDITIONAL CHARGES AFTER WE BOOK OUR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS WITH YOU?

Absolutely not! You will find everything here for your Leaders and Teams.
Your program includes:

  • Nationally Certified Building Block program 
  • Certified Facilitators
  • Heated arena and classroom located close to Calgary
  • A fun, engaging day of hands?on skill building
  • Delicious homemade lunch in a real country kitchen!
  • Snacks and drinks throughout the day
  • MiRo Behavioural Mode Assessment (with select programs)
  • Insurance Coverage

WHY WILL THIS PROGRAM WORK OVER OTHERS WE HAVE TRIED?

We are one of a kind. We are different. We are unique and we are fun. We have research backing our programs with proven results and outcomes your organization is looking for. The same actions brings the same results. If you want substantial results, then you have found the organization to bring about the change your leaders and teams need to take your company to that next level of profits.


What group sizes do you work with?

As small as 6 and to a maximum of 12. We have had a few clients use the Canada Alberta Job Grant as they pay for employee training up to 2/3 of the costs. In this recession time it's a great way to keep your employee's motivated and to hit the company goals. Ask us how.


DO I NEED EXPERIENCE WITH HORSES?

Absolutely not. Our program does not require you to ride a horse so no prior experience is necessary. We inform every group of the rules and safety precautions to take around the animals and the arena. We always put safety first and we can accommodate everyone's different comfort levels around the horses.


WHAT IF I'M SCARED OR DON'T LIKE HORSES?

No worries! If you aren't being pushed out of your comfort zone, you aren't learning. This is an opportunity to overcome your fears or preconceived notions. Some of the people who have attended our workshops have started out petrified, but by the end of the program, they have all learned more about themselves and overcome their fear.


WHAT IF IT IS RAINY, SNOWING OR COLD OUT? WILL WE FREEZE?

Not with our heated arena you won't! We have to be out there too so we understand the need for a warm environment. If the weather outside is nice, we can always work in the sunshine, but too hot or too cold, we have the covered arena to keep us comfortable. We all need to be comfortable to get the most out of the courses. Your program will take place regardless of the weather.


DO WE RIDE THE HORSES?

No. All of our work is out of the saddle. You will work along side the horses as part of your team for the best and true reaction of the horse and the most beneficial way of learning for you. This way the horse can be it's true self and not be "on the job"


DO I NEED CERTAIN CLOTHING?

Although chaps and a pair of cowboy boots aren't required, we do have certain safety requirements when it comes to your clothing. Simple things like closed toe shoes and dressing in clothes that you are ok with getting a little dusty. We will give you a full list of these safety measures, of course.


WHERE DO YOU RUN YOUR PROGRAMS? IS THAT FAR AWAY?

Not at all! It takes less time than driving to downtown Calgary for most people!

If you are from other places in the world just ask us where these programs are also being delivered as we have certified facilitators using these same programs in North America and Internationally.


ARE YOU CERTIFIED?

Yes! Kari Fulmek, Carolyn Charles, and Karsyn Fulmek are all certified through the Academy of Equine Assisted Learning, a leading organization in EAL, and offers the only certified building block program in the World.


ARE YOU INSURED?

Yes we carry extensive insurance for ourselves and those who attend our course.


I'M ALLERGIC 

Knowing is half the battle! Just be sure to take an allergy pill before you come.  Our sales  and Marketing Director is also allergic to horses, but finds that the allergy pills will do the trick.