Experience the Horse-Human Connection

Santa Fe, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Machel

3 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host has committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 4 people
Includes drinks and equipment

What you'll do

Discover the authenticity of the ancient horse/human partnership. This experience gives the opportunity to delve into the emotionally sensitive, empathetic nature of the horse-beyond the horseback ride. In this experience, we'll observe herd behavior; horse personalities; learn basic horse communication; participate in interactive empathy exercises about the use of the halter and lead rope as it relates to horse communication; intentional focus; then, implement the combination of these processes as you work with the haltered horse on lead rope; and finally, experience authentic partnership-relationship with the horse without lead ropes. The unbridled, reflective relationship-you can do this!
Through these graduated steps, you will discover physical listening skills, the power of observation, balance between predatory and prey nature, coherence, and relationship insights. Ultimately, the biggest take away in this event can be the unveiling of powerful insights about yourself. This experience can be tailored to fit your date & preferences individually or as a group from age 5 to adult; individuals; families; retreats; and business development.
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Discover the authenticity of the ancient horse/human partnership. This experience gives the opportunity to delve into the emotionally sensitive, empathetic nature of the horse-beyond the horseback ride. In this experience, we'll observe herd behavior; horse personalities; learn basic horse communication; participate in interactive empathy exercises about the use of the halter and lead rope as it relates to horse communication; intentional focus;…
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What's included

  • Drinks
  • Equipment
    Lead ropes, halters, grooming items, activities equipment, hand sanitizer.<...

Meet your host, Machel

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 27 Reviews
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I have enjoyed ownership of a small herd of Columbian Paso Finos, "the dancing horse", for over 20 years. Through exploring alternative ways to enjoy my horses, I learned the practice of natural horsemanship where I discovered horses are more than the ride; they are sentient beings who authentically connect with, match and mirror us in the moment! I founded Reflect Reinvent Ranch several years ago to share the joy, connection, and personal discoveries, which horses can give through ground activities. Individuals, families, businesses, educators, and choreographers are some who have enjoyed life enriching results through participating in the human/horse bond experience. Certifications: Natural Horsemanship, E3A, Eagala, HeartMath Coach, in process of Co-Active coaching accreditation and a member of ICF (International Coaching Federation).
I have enjoyed ownership of a small herd of Columbian Paso Finos, "the dancing horse", for over 20 years. Through exploring alternative ways to enjoy my horses, I learned the practice of natural horsemanship where I discovered horses are more than the ride; they are sentient beings who authentically connect with, match and mirror us in the moment! I founded Reflect Reinvent Ranch several years ago to share the joy, connection, and personal discoveries, which horses can give through ground activi…
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Where you'll be

Experience the horse takes place at the high desert Reflect Reinvent Ranch on Turquoise Trail. It is surrounded by beautiful vistas of rolling desert fields and the Ortiz and Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Multiple areas on this quaint ranch will be used during the horse human experience, including corrals, round pen, and obstacle course.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 27 reviews.

Tyson
September 2021
Machel Jordan’s Human-Horse Experience was even better than advertised. Her knowledge of horse and herd behaviors is impressive and she has a great ability to communicate it clearly. Her program is very well-structured and she easily adapted it to suit the interests and needs of the participants. I came away with a deeper understanding of what horses need to work in harmony with a person, and what I can do to build and enhance that relationship, even with a horse I’ve never met before . (hint: it’s all about relationships… just like with people). Her horses are also fun to work with. When I’m in Santa Fe again, I’ll come back.
Carol
June 2021
As a volunteer at a horse rescue ranch, I am always seeking information and training to make me feel more sure around the horses, and to put the horses more at ease with me. Spending a morning with Machel was exactly what I needed to make a few breakthroughs. She personalized the session to my particular needs and demonstrated what the horse feels at the end of the rope by role playing with me. Machel was encouraging but did not hesitate to gently correct me when she saw something that needed change or improvement. Her own herd of 5 horses are obviously loved and well cared for. Pepito was the first to show curiosity in me so I chose to do my session with him. He did not disappoint! I left with many new skills and increased confidence.
H.M.
May 2021
A truly enriching experience. Well-aligned for those with a love of nature and animals, as well as interest in mindfulness and personal growth.
Jennifer
November 2019
This was an incredible experience that I highly recommend. Machal is a very warm and welcoming individual. She is so knowledgeable and had a deep perspective of the human and horse bonding relationship and its application in other relationships. It was such a warm feeling to develop a trust and bond with Mister, the horse friend with whom I paired. He was such a sweetheart!
Joan
November 2019
My experience with Machel and her herd of 6 horses was extremely special . I would highly recommend this experience. Make sure you bring a hat for the strong sun and dress warm as you will be outside most of the time. This was an amazing and totally worth it !
Catherine
November 2019
I loved this experience. Machel and her horses are very sweet. If you are looking for connection with horses, this is exactly what your looking for Being familiar with horses is not necessary, your safe here. Machel has a special bond with her animals that is a delight and a must see. Jewel, Mister, Mistafolis, Bao Wolf, Pepito and Soci, i am sooo glad i met you all. Thank you Machel.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 5 and up can attend.

What to bring

Wear sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, long sleeved shirts, long pants, and closed toe boots

Bring jackets and gloves if cold.