Diane French, ES
Diane French, Director Equine Programs
Equine Specialist – Certified Eagala, EAP, EAL
Growing up with horses inspired a love and passion to continue learning about these intelligent creatures. Over a lifetime I have worked in several professions involving a variety of equine breeds including carriage driving, rodeo, showmanship, racing and cattle ranching. Regardless of the breed or horse activity, one aspect in my own personal growth and learning was to acquire a deep appreciation and understanding of horse behaviors and emotions. As a prey animal, horses have evolved overtime and are highly sensitive. Naturally social, horses react to our nonverbal cues and body language. My time spent with horses grounded me in my self-pursuit of wellness and overcoming personal challenges.
With a love for the great outdoors, our family moved to Idaho in 2003. We settled into our rustic cabin in 2007 and began to nurture and grow a small working horse ranch south of Lake Lowell. In 2015 I began searching for an opportunity to share with others the rich experience of personal growth and learning through horses. I studied Equine-Assisted Therapy and Equine Emotions & Behavior through the Animal Behavior Institute. Under the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) program I then became certified in 2018 as an Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) Equine Specialist.
Simply being in the presence of horses helps us self-reflect on our approach to relationships, face and overcome personal challenges, and begin the process of healing. Much like us, horses have defined roles within the herd, distinct personalities, attitudes and moods. As prey animals, horses are highly sensitive to our actions and frame of mind. Through horses and experiential activities, individuals experience self-growth, learning, and healing. As Director of Equine Programs, I seek to offer our local community members a variety of equine assisted programs to inspire, promote wellness, and facilitate the growth and healing process. My role as Equine Specialist is to monitor each horse’s behavior and provide clients personal space to experience and explore. To facilitate this unique self-discovery, I look forward to sharing with clients our gentle team of horses, private arena space, and a hands-on experience to explore personal issues, make connections, and find solutions.