Equine Assisted Coaching : Upcoming Classes


Winter Workshops, starting January 27th

Harnessing Confidence Program, starting February 16th


Read below for class details and sign up information. 

Winter Workshops

Are you looking for some opportunities to do self reflection and self discovery in 2024? Forward Stride has the perfect avenue for you in our Equine Assisted Coaching Winter Workshops. These 90 minute group sessions are facilitated by a trained Equine Assisted Coach and a Certified Equine Specialist, as well as an equine partner. Safe, supportive, at your pace and fun.

All workshops will be unmounted (no riding) and no prior horse experience is required.

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– Saturday, January 27th, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

– Friday, February 9th, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

– Saturday, February 24th, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

– Friday, March 8th, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Cost: $100 per workshop

Multi-workshop discount:

– 2 workshops-$95 each
– 3 workshops-$90 each
– 4 workshops-$85 each 

Workshop #1 Setting Intentions for 2024: Beginning the new year with a resolution can be a good idea in theory, but if your goal is too big, too aggressive, or too unclear, you may find yourself feeling disappointed by February. Setting intentions is a gentler approach built on a foundation of small, consistent steps you commit to taking every day. In this workshop, you will get clear on one specific area of your life you would like to focus on in 2024 and learn tools to help you stay engaged and keep moving forward. The horses will be your powerful partners, providing clarity, support, and accountability. Saturday, January 27th, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Workshop #2 – Finding Balance: Is there anything in your life you would do more of if you had more time? Do you ever feel like your schedule manages you, rather than the other way around? One key to a fulfilling life is balance, being clear on your priorities and ensuring time and energy are always available for them. (Including fun and self-care!) In this workshop, you will discover where imbalance is showing up for you and learn tools to stay focused on the things that matter most. The horses will provide some honest feedback! Friday, February 9th, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Workshop #3 – Clarifying Your Values: Your values are your superpower. When you are living in alignment with them, you feel certain, confident, and clear. The opposite is also true: when we compromise our values we can feel conflicted, resentful, and inauthentic. Using your values as your inner compass is one of the most impactful and powerful tools you have. But first, you have to know what they are. In this workshop, you will identify your top values and, with a horse partner at your side, experiment with what it feels like to embody them. Saturday, February 24th, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Workshop #4 –  The Power of Presence: One of the things that draws many of us to horses is their sense of groundedness, their ability to be fully in the here and now. It’s immediately calming. True joy is available to all of us when we let go of the past, forget about the future, and drop out of our heads and into our bodies. In this workshop, the horses will teach us what being present really feels like. You will learn tools to help you recreate that calm “arena feeling” so you can carry the horses with you wherever you go. If you are interested in anxiety management and/or mindfulness practices, this could be a great option for you. Friday, March 8th, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Harnessing Confidence

Unbridle Your Potential: Join our exhilarating Equine Assisted Coaching workshop and harness the power of horses to overcome obstacles, ignite confidence, and lead a life of purpose. Immerse yourself in a dynamic fusion of self-discovery and equine connection, and gallop towards your goals with newfound clarity. Led by advanced certified mindset coach, Dr. Amanda Ryan-Fear, this hands on (hooves on?) workshop will help you build the confidence you need to live the life you want.
Harnessing Confidence is a 6-week program designed for adult women, that will occur on-site at Forward Stride in Beaverton, Oregon.  We will meet for an hour every week to explore confidence building techniques with the help of our equine partners in a supportive, non-threatening environment.  Each week you will leave with a newfound sense of self-trust, certainty, and calm.  
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Dates: Every Friday starting February 16thfrom 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm

Cost: $500 for the full 6 week program

The typical format for a group session includes a check-in activity so you can leave your busy day at the arena gate and focus on this time just for you.  Then we will transition into an activity with the horse, such as observing them in the herd, interacting with them through grooming or leading, or another low-pressure activity.  Your facilitators will coach you throughout the activity by asking open ended questions to which there are no wrong answers.  Your experience with the horse will generate insights into the patterns and habits of being that will help you build the confidence you are looking for.  

Course Overview

Week 1: “Connecting with the Herd”

  • Participants will be introduced to the majestic world of horses and learn the basics of equine behavior and communication.

  • Engage in activities that foster a sense of connection and trust within the group, mirroring the social dynamics of a horse herd.

  • Begin to explore the concept of personal boundaries and understand their importance in building confidence.

Week 2: “Mirror of Emotions”

  • Through guided interactions with horses, participants will delve into the realm of emotional awareness and regulation.

  • Horses, as astute non-verbal communicators, will serve as mirrors, reflecting participants’ emotions and highlighting areas for personal growth.

  • Develop techniques for managing stress, anxiety, and uncertainty, both in the presence of the horses and in everyday life.

Week 3: “Leading with Confidence”

  • Participants will step into the role of a horse handler, leading and guiding the horses through various challenges.

  • Learn the power of assertive and clear communication, emphasizing the importance of body language and intention.

  • Uncover leadership qualities and build self-confidence as participants experience the positive impact of their decisions on the horse.

Week 4: “Navigating Obstacles”

  • Navigate a course of obstacles and challenges alongside your equine partner, fostering problem-solving skills and adaptability.

  • Recognize parallels between overcoming equine challenges and real-life hurdles, bolstering participants’ resilience and self-belief.

  • Embrace the concept of embracing discomfort as a catalyst for personal growth.

Week 5: “Authentic Connection”

  • Deepen the bond with your equine partner through mutual trust and vulnerability.

  • Explore the art of genuine connection and communication, both with the horse and with fellow participants.

  • Recognize the value of authenticity in building meaningful relationships and fostering self-assurance.

Week 6: “Empowerment and Beyond”

  • Culminate the program by embracing newfound confidence and self-assuredness.
  • Engage in reflective activities to consolidate learnings and set personal goals for continued growth.

  • Celebrate achievements and bid farewell to your equine partners, carrying forward the lessons learned into your daily life.

Questions? Contact Dr. Amanda Ryan-Fear (amanda.ryanfear@forwardstride.org)