“Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.” (Steve Maraboli)
The horse is a partner in your process — there, step by step, hoofprint in footprint.
How the EGCMethod® Works
The EGCMethod® employs Gestalt methodology. Gestalt is simply the concept of addressing the whole individual. Gestalt coaching seeks to bring your awareness to the things your body, mind and spirit are seeking. YOU KNOW, deep inside, the answers to what you need, right here, right now. Gestalt — aided by myself and, at times, a horse — guide you through the discovery process.
The result is a true inner healing followed by empowerment.
96% of People Would Do it Again
In a recent study of the EGCMethod conducted independently by the Xanthus Center (Tom and Jaclyn Manzione) in Colorado, 96% of respondents indicated they would participate in more than one EGCMethod session.
93% saw a more hopeful future after their session with a horse.
Co-facilitators | Coaches | Healers
Meet the Herd
High Stakes Gamble "Kade"
Over the years, “Kade” became my go to horse. I ponied many horses from his back, gathered countless cattle, and covered hundreds of miles in the saddle with him. In the fall of 2016 “Kade” was stumbling quite a bit. As we moved cow/calf pairs from our pasture to fall pasture about ten miles northeast of here, he fell to his knees countless times. I was pretty pissed with him until I discovered he couldn’t feel his front legs. After six months of vet visits we determined that an old track injury in his neck had manifested itself and caused nerve damage to his forelimbs. He’s not safe to ride. I was sick, heart broken and lost without him to rely on.
“Kade” is the color of a metallic copper penny and is the guardian of my herd and the guardian of my heart. He carried me through crisis and unfolded his wings to carry me away from it all when my fragile soul couldn’t bear the strain it was under. What greater gift could I possibly offer him in return than to partner with him in this work where his talents can truly shine?
Latin Moon Bug "Moon"
I euthanized three horses early one morning while the kids were at preschool. I had worked with them for several years and their track injuries were more than could be healed. The best I could offer them at that point was the opportunity to die with dignity with me at their head. It was awful. Tears still well up when I think about how much my heart broke that day. Rebecca knew that her pony was crossing over that day too and I took her up to the top of the hill where her pony lay in the spring sun when she got home from school. My heart was in miniscule sized pieces watching that little girl’s heart fall apart. Moon found us up there and stood over the two of us as I held Rebecca tightly, shouldering her sobs. It was as if we were the foal and this mare was guarding us as we sat there crying.
I’ve watched Moon and Rebecca grow together. Moon has seen Rebecca through the heart wrenching loss of her pony, divorce and the continued abuse that she suffers at the hands of her father. The first place she goes when she returns home after the weekend at her father’s, is the pasture. Moon leaches all the “yuck” from Rebecca, loving her, supporting her and being that ever present breath of fresh air.
When I delivered the news to the rescue group they requested that I have someone pinfire the joints! I was hot! Not only is it a barbaric procedure, it’s not always successful and the mare was in her late teens at the time. To make a long story less long, I told the group to pound sand and adopted the mare so that I knew she’d be safe.
Now, 21, the mare, although somewhat aloof still, is happy, content and her eyes shine bright with life. She has worked hard most of her life, stroking man’s ego.Full of wisdom, she offers clients the opportunity to look deep into her reflective chocolatey eyes for the answers they seek.
In the Money "Cricket"
No one wanted him. He’s big (17 hands and every bit 1200 pounds), athletic and potentially dangerous. I saw a horse that deserved a break in his life. I knew I could help him and so he became mine in 2015. “Cricket” is a tough horse. I’ve worked hard to allow him to safely express his opinion and show him safety, security, and unconditional love. The horse you see today is happy, playful and very much loved. His scar on his side speaks to the scars on this horse’s heart on the inside. He knows the depth of despair and loss and he is a powerful healer in this work as he continues to come out of his shell.
Here we are a year later and “Liam” is maturing into a handsome, humorous fellow! You cannot have a bad day when “Liam” is around! I believe he’ll take to this work like a duck to water. He’ll be six this year and though he’s bounced around a bit before coming here, he’s not known the suffering at the hands of humans that my other horses have. He will be the one to bring a smile to someone’s face that hasn’t smiled in a long time … he’s a special one all in his own right and I’m so very grateful I didn’t listen to my head as it screamed to turn around and take him back.
Why I Chose Horses & My Credentials to be Your Coach
I am a graduate of Colorado State University with a B.S. in Equine Science (I’m sure you realize the B.S. stands for bullshit degree in horses, not Bachelor of Science!). I have trained horses professionally for well over 20 years. I coached numerous youth and amateurs to the world show level. I have ridden and trained everything from Saddlebreds, Arabs and National Show Horses to AQHA and APHA all around horses. I have ridden jumpers, sport horses, cutters and rope horses! For the past 13 years I have rehabbed and restarted high risk Thoroughbreds off the track. I have started more colts than I could ever count and continue developing my skills as a perpetual student of the horse.
Aside from my own experience surviving divorcing a covert narcissist, I am becoming an expert in divorce recovery and narcissism.
I am a graduate of the Touched by a Horse Certification Program where I spent two intensive years learning how to blend Gestalt Coaching along with my life experience, insight and horses. This experience has provided me with a powerful toolbox to meet you where you are in your process and see you through the steps to your freedom and empowerment.