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

Phone: (828) 683-7304
Fax: (828) 683-6281
E-mail: josie@horsesenseotc.com




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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?


Shannon and Richard Attend Parelli Performance Summit

Richard and I have just returned from the Parelli Performance Summit in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, where we were sharing the word about "Horses Teaching People" with the Parelli Natural Horsemanship community. It's SO refreshing to go somewhere where people really GET Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning, and why it's so powerful. We are blessed to be connected with such a great community of professionals!

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Horse Sense Announes New Collaboration with SUWS of the Carolinas!

The SUWS Equine Assisted Therapy (EAP) Program through Horse Sense of the Carolinas follows the EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning) Model. At SUWS, equine activities are set up and facilitated by one of our master’s level licensed mental-health professionals and the support of a horse professional from Horse Sense. It includes a minimum of 6 hours per stay for each student. The activities have a team therapeutic approach and are performed on the ground (rather than riding), which include such things as grooming, haltering and leading the hor se. During the process of working with the horse, the therapist and student engage in discussion, processing feelings, behaviors and patterns. Interactions with the horses are controlled, and are done for specific reasons. The ultimate goal for the student is to build skills such as personal responsibility, assertiveness, non-verbal communication, self-confidence, and self-control.


Gratitude to All Who Joined us at the 2nd Annual Parelli & EAPractice Symposium - April 14-15

A few weeks ago, on Friday and Saturday, April 14-15, Horse Sense held the 2nd Annual Parelli & Equine Assisted Practice Symposium. Every year, this two-day event draws a crowd of equine assisted professionals to the Horse Sense farm, all of whom are gathered to discuss the connections between the philosophies and practice of Parelli™ Natural Horsemanship into EAP/EAL programming.

Shannon and Richard Knapp were joined by five more presenters for the weekend. Donna Blem, from InStride Therapy in Florida, gave an introduction to Hippotherapy with a "Parelli™ Perspective." Joy Currey of CORRAL Riding Academy gave the presentation, "How Natural Horsemanship can build Emotional Intelligence." Shannon spoke on Opposition Reflex and how to use Parelli™ as a method to teach LifeSkills. And presentations were also given by Julie Kerr of Empowering Equus, Susi Platt formerly of Trails Carolina, and Ashley Edmond Hayes of Shepherd Youth Ranch. As one of the attendees put it, "Lots of different experiences and programs came together and gave me food for thought!"

According to the feedback we got from the 38 attendees—who traveled to Horse Sense from 12 different states!—the weekend was a huge success. Thanks to Meg V anderbilt of Bit of Hope Ranch in Gastonia, NC, a van full of volunteers was able to come down for Saturday and really deepend their understanding of the Equine Assisted field. One attendee claimed the Parelli & EAP Symposium was "one of the best conferences I've ever attended. Absolutely beautiful and inspiring facility & farm!" Another participant thought the weekend was "extraordinarily useful. As we are forming our own therapeutic program...It opened up my thinking."

Shannon and Richard are both pleased to announce that due to the wonderful attendance at the event, Horse Sense is donating $400 to the Parelli Foundation! Also, the entire event was filmed, so stay tuned if you were unable to attend but would like to connect with the information. Details forthcoming about availability!