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What makes our herd Unique and Valuable?

Equine Assisted Coaching is about personal development. Leading with Horses has created a safe place for coaches, therapists, researchers, and individuals to explore their patterns. We believe horses are uniquely adapted to coach humans. As prey, animals have developed a sensitivity to their surroundings and as herd animals, they communicate through their actions. Subtle changes in our actions or behaviors can provoke responses that give us immediate feedback about ourselves. Horses let us see ourselves in ways we cannot.

As herd animals, they learn to depend on each other for survival and work cooperatively and instinctively. The hierarchy within the herd can change over time. Leadership is obtained through intelligence and the ability to protect or lead the herd, rather than brute force. This leadership dynamic has much to teach us about leading without dominance or intimidation.

Leading with Horses offers select members of their herd for use in coaching and therapy sessions. You can come as an individual, group, or team may come to work one-on-one with a specific horse in a round pen or arena, as well as observe the natural behaviors of the herd. This is not a riding program. The Coaches at Leading With Horses will work with Instructors and Therapists to customize a curriculum for their clients, or you can simply learn along-side your client.



Thoroughbred Gelding
Born 2008 - arrived at SCR 2010

Zen is a natural “healer”. He is an empathetic horse who seeks out people who are exhibiting stressful behavior. Zen’s position in the herd is to disarm a horse who is defensive.

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BRUCE (Disruption)

Thoroughbred, Gelding
Born 2010 - arrived at SCR 2016

Bruce retired from racing with a career earnings of more than $100,000 in just a couple of years of racing.  He came to SCR after his race trainer tragically took her own life.  This year the Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) chose him for the “2019 Thoroughbred of the Year Award” for his work in equine therapy.  Bruce is a key coach in our suicide prevention program, and loves to engage with clients in less conventional ways – sometimes with a paintbrush!


Quarter Horse, Mare
Born 2005 - arrived at SCR 2019

Daisy is an empath.  She was donated to our program for an indefinite time. She came with a lot of training both under saddle and in-hand - impeccable manners.  Daisy is a confidence builder with a huge, empathetic heart. 


Thoroughbred, Mare
born 1999 - arrived at SCR 2016

Persi came from a famous pedigree, and before coming to SCR, she raised 6 babies. Something about a broodmare that is special – not much gets by them! Persi is so willing to both teach and learn.


Thoroughbred, Gelding
Born 2006 - arrived at SCR 2008

Slick was just 14 months old when he came to the farm. As a yearling, he had a pasture accident, playing with another colt. He has a physical condition that prohibits him from ever being ridden, however, he is not in any discomfort. He has a soft, intuitive personality and is very sensitive. The opposite of Rio, mentioned above, this horse finds his confidence through your leadership.

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Thoroughbred, Gelding
Born 2002 - arrived at SCR 2009

Banker needs constant mental stimulation. Easily bored, he’s intelligent, extremely observant and a quick learner. You have to think quickly and stay focused.


Thoroughbred, Gelding
Born 2002 -  arrived at SCR 2013

Winner of the 2007 Chinook Pass Sprint at Emerald Downs. At 10 years old he held the record for most all-time wins in Washington racing. He was forced to retire due to age, but if it were up to him, he would have continued.  Chickasaw loved his job.  He is still trying to figure out “retirement”, but enjoys the company of people.



German Warmblood, Gelding
Born 1991 - arrived at SCR 2005

Koenig is German-trained through Grand Prix (highest level of dressage competition), His name means “King”, and exerts wisdom and patience of a leader. He loves to perform tricks and to entertain a crowd. He can make the most insecure person feel comfortable and safe.



Thoroughbred Gelding
Born 2005 - arrived at SCR 2014

A new sheriff is in town! Deputy has extensive training both on the ground and under saddle. He reached a point of “burn out” after being a show horse. There was not enough partnership and reward. Now at the SCR, Deputy has learned that following instructions will be rewarded – yet still, he finds more satisfaction (and humor) in attempting to get out of work as often as possible or put forth as little effort as possible. It is almost as if he is entertaining himself.



Thoroughbred, Mare
Born 2003 - arrived at SCR 2008

Squeak suffers from severe uncertainty. This mare was a lesson horse, a teacher and lover of children. She had an unfortunate experience with a bad trainer for just a few months. It was traumatic enough to change her completely, both physically and mentally. This is perfect example of how quickly an animal (equine or human) can sour and lose trust, confidence and self-esteem.

Also an example of how defensive an animal becomes when confronted with a leader who is inconsistent and abusive in their communication. Physically she is rehabilitated, and we are now in the process of bringing back the old behavior and responsiveness to human interaction.


Thoroughbred, Gelding
Born 2009 - arrived at SCR 2012

Topper is a gelding that had an injury to the temple area which resulted in paralysis of the left side of his face. He is fully functional but has had to be extra assertive in the herd environment. He has had limited training, which makes him more of a clean slate for someone who wants to work with a green horse.



AQHA (Quarter Horse), Gelding
Born 2006 - arrived at SCR 2016

He is not ridable because of an arthritic condition in his feet, however, with proper hoof care he is pain free and able to demonstrate his love and appreciation of people… and treats.  Oh, Buddy really likes  his treats!  He is very interested in learning new things and enjoys the company of people more than horses.



Thoroughbred, Mare
Born 2008 - arrived at SCR 2018

Belle of the ball, she is!  This sweet girl never raced, but lived at the property she was born on until her family had to move to the city. She was so well cared for and loved her entire life – she has a beautiful way of connecting with people, and in particular, children.



Thoroughbred, Gelding
Born 2000 - arrived at SCR 2016

This beautiful boy is well known in the Washington racing industry. He won or placed in 22 races and earned over $205,000. Makah has not been fully evaluated, however, we know that he has had excellent care and training. After retiring from racing he became a riding horse and although he is in good physical health, Makah just doesn’t want to be ridden any longer.  He is also a horse who would rather hang out with people than other horses! I think he has found his perfect job.