Grace Grit and Wit is located in Snohomish, Washington. We offer year-round horse-assisted coaching classes for women. We also offer riding lessons for women who used to ride, and want to get back in the saddle. In the summer, we also create a community garden that we grow together with class participants. The property has chickens, a goat, and an established orchard that gives us Asian Pears, Yellow Transparent and Liberty Apples, Cherries and Bosch Pears.
Currently our program has two horses, Emilia's Weeping Willow (Mia) and Shootem' Up Cadie Mae(Cadie or Pigpen - she's always filthy dirty!). We have also partnered people who keep horses to extend our program if need be.
Before a horse can be used in our program, we assess their behavior, work with vets and farriers to ensure the horses are physically healthy, they spend three to six months withVictoria Barajas and myself being trained for the work we do, and I personally make sure they are mentally sound and ready to interact with clients.
When it comes to horse training, we use the principles of Natural Horsemanship (what many of you call horse whispering), that means no harsh methods, no whips or hare aids. We have flags, a rope and rope halters only. When it comes the mind and the energetic connection between the horse and rider, I (Macala) personally follow the principles of brain-based Horsemanship set forth by neuroscientist, Janet L. Jones, PhD.
Also, we never work a horse to a timeframe we set, the horse sets the timeframe it works in. After all, if you listen to them, the horse will let you know when it's ready for something and we go at their pace. Horses who are safe and san are our top priority.
We’ve taught ourselves to stay safe and small. When we try and step outside of that and go big, there’s a lot of discomfort, fear and pain. If we’re willing to move through it, that how we know it’s the right path. –– Macala and Kecia