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The field of equine assisted, equine guided, equine supported therapy, learning and coaching is rapidly growing and gaining validity in the treatment and healing of many human conditions.   Horses are being recognized as healers in areas ranging from PTSD, traumatic life experiences, mental health conditions to aiding us in moving through life’s ordinary challenges with more clarity and confidence.  At Horse Sense Healing, we partner with horses to assist humans to aid you on your journey of re-discovery, re-invention, and growing grit with grace utilizing the powerful Equine Gestalt Coaching Method®.

Visualize standing in the presence of a beautiful horse, strong and powerful. As prey animals, horses have incredibly amplified senses to ensure survival. Horse sense, most frequently defined as “common sense”, reaches beyond the typical 5 senses to the 6th and beyond. Horses live in the moment without judgement or an agenda. They help us be in the present moment. They show us our truth and help us release that which no longer serves us - those old stories.

Horses help us find our hidden sparks of wholeness and guide us to return to that wholeness.



Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride,
friendship without envy, or beauty without vanity?
Here, where grace is laced with muscle, and strength by gentleness confined.
He serves without servility, has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent;
nothing as quick, nothing more patient.
The world’s past has been borne on his back.
We are his heirs; he is our inheritance.
The horse.

~Ronald Duncan in Ode to the Horse
Of Women and Horses




  • The Equine Gestalt Coaching Method®

    The Equine Gestalt Coaching Method® was developed by Melisa Pearce, a core founder since 1989, of the horse-human healing movement. The experiential nature of the method involves the horse as an active partner with the coach in the client’s exploratory process. The integrative approach of the equine’s interaction combined with positive coaching, somatic awareness guidance and Gestalt methodology, assists the client in examining their life and choices made with a focus on designing a positive future.


    ©Melisa Pearce

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  • What is Equine Gestalt?

    Well, Gestalt is, guess what? Wholeness! It is being in the present moment, finishing unfinished business. The beauty of it all is that is what horses do with us too! A perfect union, Gestalt Coaching and Horse Sense!

    Your privacy is of utmost importance to us. All services are confidential.

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  • What happens in a session?

    This is not therapy and no horse experience is needed. There is no riding involved at all! Your coach and the horse, the co-facilitator, will guide you through an experiential process of self-discovery and personal growth, involving the “whole” of you, mind, body and soul, assisting you in finding the answers within. Check out our services page for more information.

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