Women have been drawn to the energy and soul of horses for a long time.
A recognition of the power and transformation that is found in the presence of a horse.
As a little girl I too felt the call and draw to horses. I felt at home with horses, and my authenticity was found when I was with them.
Growing up spending time with horses as much as I could, and then later on feeling called to the path of becoming a horse breeder, I was drawn in by what happened when I spent time with them.
A part of me knew my purpose would be connected to horses somehow. I thought it was in the breeding shed, but after years there I recognized it was something deeper.
I left the breeding shed with a desire of doing some fulfilling with horses, that honored them and honored others. I knew there was something potent about horses, and I was called to find a way to share and hold that space for others.
In 2006 I found myself in a transition in my life, after leaving the breeding industry and stepping into following a path of becoming a coach and facilitating personal growth, I entered into a training with the Coach Training Institute, where all I could talk about was the horses.
During one of my training workshops a woman approached me to share about these 2 women that were doing coaching with horses, and then I found the book the Tao of Equus and I thought to myself, “This is it.”
I spent the next 3 years diving deep into becoming certified in the field of equine experiential learning and development.
I studied and was influenced by Eagala, Chris Irwin, Linda Kohanov, Wisdom Horse Coaching, and lastly, Horse Spirit Connections.
I dedicated 3 years learning from others that were doing this work, honing my craft, and calling to the partnership of horses.
Since 2009 I have been facilitating in partnership with horses that has to lead to me now running my own 80-acre retreat facility, with a herd of 21 horses and having spent the last 4 years training and mentoring other women that are called to the partnership of these amazing animals.
The Horse Medicine Leadership aCaDemy is a training, mentorship and certification program that is unlike any other.
A revolutionary training program, it combines the wisdom and power of horses in the development of human potential and leadership.
Where most other programs teach the facilitation with horses in a structured and held way, this program is about developing your skills as a leader while understanding the true nature of partnering with horses to evolve and speak to the development of us as human beings.
The nature of this program includes training, mentorship and development. We believe each person that comes into our training is a unique individual with their own set of unique skill set and gifts.
You carry with you a brilliance and a leadership that you will bring to this field. We are here to develop and bring clarity to it.
For many programs, you are given a set of tools and how to facilitate them and then off you go into the world to figure it out.
In this training, you are developed in your strengths and vision, mentored in creating your programs and offerings with horses, and building a practice around it that is sustainable and will complement how you are already in service of people.
What is unique about our training?
This training seeks to develop you as a unique leader and facilitator in this space and to give you depth in feeling confident in learning the language of horses and applying that to the growth and development of your clients that will feel deeply valuable to them.
If you find yourself here, it is because you are a woman that is curious about the power of the horse and how horses can empower the work you want to do with people.
The majority of the people we train are coaches, facilitators, and healers that are called to the space of horses in how they feel moved to transform and develop their practices and their clients.
They feel the connection and knowing that they are meant to journey and partner with horses in some capacity but are uncertain what that looks like and they are seeking a program that has depth in the development of their skills and also their practice with horses.
I have spent the last 12 years in the industry, both training and facilitating in this growing field of Equine Facilitated Learning, or what I like to call Equine Guided Leadership, and have crafted a training that encompasses what I feel I would have loved to receive from a training when I started back those 12 years ago.
I bring, as a teacher and a mentor, over 20 years in the equine industry and 10 in the field of personal growth and development as a facilitator and coach.
I have been trained in both coaching and leadership development, and a whole lot of spiritual development to create a program that encompasses what I feel addresses all of the areas we must know how to hold space for and facilitate this work for our clients, our horses, and for ourselves as the facilitators of it.
What often happens when we step into a training is we get the skill set but not the development of our unique strengths and vision of the work or mentorship into how to actually create a business, or supportive business, that supports our deeper calling with horses in a way that we can sustain.
I exited my final training in 2009 and had to then navigate how to actually do this work and support myself while doing it.
I often get asked, or there is an assumption that I stepped right into running an 80 acre facility. But truth is, I spent the first 4 years of my path with horses facilitating out of other people’s facilities, building my skill set until finally leasing my own property in 2012. Then in 2015, I purchased an 80 acre facility complete with retreat accommodations to run the programs I dreamed of when I first started.
I have over the last 12 years been able to successfully navigate how to build a business around a passion and calling for horses in a way that feels deeply intuitive to my purpose. I am also grounded in being able to support the space I want to create for horses and people in this partnership.
Which leads us to the The Horse Medicine Leadership Academy’s Equine Guided Certification.
What is involved in our training?
The content and facilitation of our program is inspired by years of training and experience in the field of personal development, coaching and working in partnership with horses for over 20 years.
Our certification training program and mentorship program covers the following:
Learning the Language of Horses:
The first part of our program is about deepening our understanding and learning of horse language from a multitude of layers and being in partnership with them.
Horses are very conscious and intuitive animals but they are also horses. In this module, we learn how to appreciate the nature of the horse as a prey animal and how to facilitate and speak to that from a very primal way of knowing horses, along with the energetic and intuitive completeness that is part of their language with us.
What is unique about the space created with our horses is you get to work with a herd of 26 horses that will teach you about the language of horses from the perspective of a horse living as close to the wild would be. Living on 40 acres, our herd will expose you to language and interaction with horses that will deepen your appreciation of the power of their partnership and how to speak to all elements of how horses share wisdom with us.
Facilitation and Coaching Skills:
We work on the development of your strengths and mastery in the field of equine guided coaching and leadership.
You probably are someone that has a natural gift as a facilitator, or that has gone through a training developing and giving you skill sets.
In this part of the program, we are deepening your awareness and strengths as a facilitator that also reflects that unique strengths that you bring. In this module and part of the training, you will be developed in your strengths along with being facilitated into becoming masterful in the art of coaching and facilitating through the modality of equine guided coaching and leadership.
Partnering with Horses through Creation of Activities and Exercises:
Most programs will give you a toolbox of activities and exercises and how to facilitate them. In our program, we look to teaching activities and exercises from a place of what is the learning around it and what is it going to look like for you to facilitate them?
Identifying the intention of an activity, the learning around what it empowers and develops in our clients and how to facilitate it in a way that will create powerful learning that transcends beyond our time with the herd.
Through this module, you will create your toolbox of exercises knowing what to use whether you are facilitating a personal session, corporate and leadership, or with a group.
Leadership and Business Mastery & The Art of Creating Our Practice with Horses:
The last module and aspect of our training is about strengthening your developing in your leadership and in the creation of the business of your practice.
What is important for us to empower in this training is for you to actually use the training of this work and support you in the building of your practice around it. Our training is for those that are deeply serious and committed to bringing this work into the world with their clients and creating a sustainable business around it.
The Bones and Essence of Our Teaching
Spending 12 years with horses and facilitating individuals, teams, leaders, and groups, I have come to appreciate what is necessary in how I facilitate and speak to this work in a way that really connects to people and highlights the power of the horse in the realm of the development of human growth and consciousness.
My approach to this training takes in consideration all the levels which we are impacted by this work---understanding how to facilitate and speak to it in that capacity in a way that people understand and connect to.
Spiritually and Energetically:
We all have a spiritual or energetic self, learning how to speak and understand how horses impact this level is important and essential. We can blend and speak to this level with all walks of people that come to us. Learning this level, we learn how to communicate it to people that get the spiritual and energetic place of connect and those that don’t.
Our thoughts, our assumptions, our stories, our beliefs, horses have huge impact on us being aware of what is circulating through the consciousness we hold in both our ego and in an instinctual and intuitive consciousness that we hold alongside of it. Many people do not know the difference between our “lower” consciousness and our “higher” consciousness and what the impact has in our day to day lives. Working with consciousness, we empower where we occupy our thoughts and our mind and the power of becoming more self aware in this space. In this way, we learn how to speak about our neuron pathways and help our clients and ourselves identify all levels of consciousness that we exist in.
Emotions and Empathy:
Our emotions are information. Most people have no idea how to connect to, understand or process their emotions in a way that serves them and their relationships. Horses teach us boundaries, how to derive information by what we are feeling and cultivate the space of empathy around ourselves and others. Many dysfunctions that show up both in individuals and groups are connected to our inability to understand emotions and how to move through them. What we learn with horses around emotions and empathy is powerful and address a big pain point we have as humans.
Physical and Physiological:
Our bodies, our physiology play a big role in our ability to move beyond our own limitations as humans. The depth and power of the horse is that it impacts and has us be more present in ourselves physically along with the other spaces to become aware of what we are carrying and how we can create true change in all parts of self. For our clients, making the connection between our physical body language, our consciousness and our emotions, makes it a complete space of growth that is not found anywhere else. In the training, you will learn to identify and speak to the physical spaces, our body language, non-verbal communication and identifying how our physiological self impacts our awareness and how we show up in our day to day world.
This training offers you depth in how to speak the language of horses and facilitate that for listening and powerful impact with your clients.
It gives you the capacity to speak to this work in a lens of where we understand what the benefit of working with horses is and how to connect that to what people are looking for.
Your unique vision of how you want to walk this work out into the world, your leadership and mastery in facilitating with horses will be expanded and facilitating during our time together in this program.
What is Included in the training program…
Our training program is a year-long program that is open for continuous enrollment, meaning that you can step into the program as soon as today.
The program blends individual and group facilitation ensuring that wherever you are in the journey, you are met with skilled facilitation that develops you in your vision while connecting you with a tribe of others that are on a similar journey.
It is facilitated in person and online.
There are 12 in-person mandatory training days, that take place at the retreat center with my herd of 26 in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. Your training includes your retreats, the only expense that you are responsible for is your travel to Kamloops Airport.
Monthly 2-hour training calls in a private Facebook group that delivers the content of the training through experience and group calls.
Private mentorship training calls in between our time together.
You may choose the dates and times of your retreats that coincide with others in the group or in a private setting.
If you are seeking to be trained and to step into the field of equine guided coaching and this program resonates with you, the next step would be to fill out an application form. I will be in touch with my intro package to the program and next steps of enrollment.
Do I need to have my own horses to do this program?
No, as long as you have access to horses during our time together, you do not need to own a horse.
Do I need to own my own facility to do this training?
No. Part of our training together is creating a space where you can find and partner with other facilities, including our own to facilitate.
Do I need to have coach training to do this program?
While I recommend that you have some sort of training the development of people, whether that be coaching or some other modality, I teach you skills in the realm of facilitation that will make you a competent facilitator and practitioner of this work. It is however, encouraged that you have some base of training in the personal development, healing or coaching field to step into this training.
Do I have to be a horse person?
No, if you are not a “horse” person, but recognize the power of this medium, you are still able to apply to this program. What will be recommended as part of your training is also getting support in learning how to handle horses and be around them. This will be part of your experience in our training and if you have minimal experience, I will recommend more on top of what I provide.
What will I receive after completing this training?
Upon completion of this training, you will receive a certification in Equine Guided Coaching and Leadership under the umbrella of Horse Medicine Leadership Academy. This will enable you to lead and facilitate this work, develop your programs and become insured in your work with horses.
Meet YOUR GUIDE
Hillary Schneider is a coach, mentor, equine guided facilitator and retreat founder. Her passion for her horses has been the catalyst for her success and is a space she is deeply passionate about empowering for those that are called to the partnership of horses. A life long horse woman, her background includes over 20 years in the horse industry accompanied with 12 years in the fiend of personal growth and leadership development which manifest in how she has worked with clients for the last 10 years. She currently owns and runs a 80 acre retreat facility, where she partners with her herd of 20 rescue horses, where she trains those called to this work, facilitates group and private retreats for her clients that travel all over the world to come and work with her, and mentors both equine facilitators and women entrepreneurs to empower their leadership through what they feel is their higher calling in life.