Frequently Asked Questions: Willing Equine
Feel free to ask us questions at any time. All email inquiries and communication with us about ongoing cases is always complimentary.
What is the COST compared to a Horse Trainer?
Start to finish, our work is less expensive and more effective than a horse trainer. We speed up the animal's learning process many times over. What a traditional trainer would spend 7 or more one-hour lessons on, we can teach in one hour.
Desensitizing to fear evoking scenarios takes hours instead of months. Teaching a new athletic skill can be achieved virtually overnight and without a drop of sweat as opposed to weeks of traditional training.
Because the animal chooses to learn each behavior of his/her own free will, there is no need for constant repetition, brushing up, or repeat lessons. New skills and behaviors are learned internally by the horse and are not "person dependent".
Is my animal too far gone to fix ?
Here is a good gauge. If there is any situation at all, even at rest or leisure, where your animal acts very predictably, s/he is a good candidate for the teaching process. Mild neural and even sizable physical limitations do not detract from progress. The WR process is perfectly suited for teaching animals to learn how to adapt to disability or physical impairment.
The only animals that cannot be helped with this process are those suffering from moderate neural pathology, diagnosed or undiagnosed, or severe physical pain.
Do you come to us?
Yes! Animals are distracted in new surroundings, so we come to where the horse resides. Owner attendance is always required at all sessions, unless other arrangements are made. In most cases, some human homework is involved, and end goals cannot be achieved without that work on your part. Behavior adjustments require some patience and some practice. Although the Partnership Engineering process achieves results many times faster and more completely than “training” techniques, the process is not magic; what you put in is what you get out.
How long does the process take?
Animals have an attention span of roughly 2-4 hours, repeatable up to three times a day, allowing 6 hours a day of teaching time. Sessions which last as long as the attention span of the student are most efficient. Or, sessions may be blocked hourly per owner request. Sessions do not require repetition. Teaching multiple animals in one day is an efficient use of time, giving each animal a break between sessions while attention is given to others. Standard learning curve maps are provided to owners. WR students require no gear up/gear down, so consecutive visits require zero review time, regardless of weeks or months elapsed between sessions.
WR will spend only the time necessary for your case; extra hours do not mean better treatment. WR can summarize other animal cases that have progressed to completion, but early predictions about total treatment time are not reliable as some animals “learn to learn” faster than predicted, and others have hidden issues that get uncovered in the process of work. Animals and owners have their own learning speeds, and psychological pathology sometimes involves layered causes. Successfully completed cases are the primary purpose of WR, and I will spend only the time necessary for your case so that I can move on to other cases.
How long is a single session?
Session length is determined by the animal or by the owner, not by WR. Because WR teaches via concept exploration and not experiential repetition, sessions should last as long as the attention span of the student. If necessary, sessions can be blocked out hourly per owner request; note that learning efficiency will be reduced. Working as long as the student demands is the fastest way to meet your goals. Sessions are clocked in quarter hour blocks after the first hour. Please plan to make water available to animals during every session.
What if I don't have "facilities"?
We work with what you have. The only important thing is having some decent/safe footing in a wide open fenced in area. Behavior clinics work best under a roof, but can be held in an aisle or a living room just as well as an indoor arena.
Is there a set "program"?
No. All casework is fully customized to triage and reverse your problem areas. Clinics teach your choice of three separate classes designed to give you the foundation skills. We teach one brain at a time, either your horses brain, or your brain. Group riding lessons are not personalized enough, so we only teach one pair at a time.
Will your methods interfere with my trainer?
No. We try hard not to. Owners of animals who have jobs involving higher levels of physical and mental demand often meet technical challenges along the way. At certain glitch points, unexpected changes in motivations, abilities, or intentions can confuse or stall progress. WR works in conjunction with the animal-human pair by first observing and interpreting the pair's working interactions.
WARNING: More whole and stable individuals are the result of Willing Results' work. Animals will develop tendencies toward more interaction with humans and other animals. Animals may become more alert to surroundings. These are healthy but permanent changes. Some animal owners choose to maintain specific fears, anxiety, or emotional INSTABILITY in some animals who have specific jobs. Please provide exact job descriptions for working animals. IF YOU DO NOT WISH YOUR ANIMAL TO CHANGE IN THESE WAYS, PLEASE STATE.
What if I need to pause the process?
Since WR uses only positive methods, it is almost always safe to terminate treatment midstream. Midstream termination or postponement of treatment will have NO harmful affect. You are free to terminate treatment at any time.
Rare cases see owners who withdraw still dangerous animals from treatment because the owner believes, wrongly, that the animal is now safe. WR will ask this owner to sign a waiver acknowledging high-risk scenarios they are likely to encounter in the future.
Are you Energy Healers? Psychics?
WR applies only learning analysis and motivation analysis methods. WR does NOT utilize Energy Field, Healing Touch, Mapping, or other physical contact methodologies. WR does NOT utilize Medium, Psychic, Communicator, Telepathy, or any Spiritual methodologies.