HALT ® is horses and humans working together to build high performance leaders and teams, as well as promote healing from life’s hurts.
The Mission and Purpose of HALT
The mission of HALT ® is to develop leadership skills, build high performance teams and promote healing from life’s hurts through hands on experiential learning activities using horses, facilitated by an Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) certified team. The purpose of HALT ® is to help people connect with their God-given gifts, talents, abilities, personality as well as training and skills in such a way as to encourage and equip them to make a positive influence on the world in which they live, work and play. More recently HALT has added to it’s mission using horses to bring hope and healing to people who are hurting or have experienced trauma in their lives.
HALT ® Clinics
customized for faith-based, non-profit, and corporate groups seeking teambuilding and leadership development.
customized for clients seeking healing from various hardships in life such as loss, divorce, cancer, PTSD, etc.
customized programing for at risk youth and their families on Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
great for cross cultural training.
divided between arena time and “classroom” time.
targeted toward adults and older teens with a special emphasis on teams.
facilitated by a learning/mental health specialist and an equine specialist.
based on experiential/transformational learning principles.
Horses are used as tools for emotional growth and learning. Encounters with horses require people to engage with them emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually, creating a dynamic experiential learning situation for both human and horse. Horses will reflect their handlers emotionally and therefore provide invaluable feedback to those who are receptive to learning from them.
Under the direction of the Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) team, growth, change and healing comes through processing/feedback/debriefing from hands on activities with the horses that address leadership, team work and challenging life issues. Activities are designed to enhance problem solving skills, creative thinking, communication, self and other awareness as well as healing from life’s hurts. These interactions with the horses have an amazing capacity to help people overcome fears, blind spots and other road blocks that can hinder one’s overall functioning. HALT is designed to enhance a group or corporation's vision, mission, communication, cooperation, and motivation leading to an overall higher performance. Activities with the horses are done from the ground. No riding or horse experience is necessary or recommended.
HALT ® Leadership Team
Barbara Robbins is developer of HALT ®. She is certified through The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association and OK Corral Series for equine assisted learning . She manages their family horse boarding business located in the Shenandoah Valley. She is a partner in the consulting group, Cooperative By Design, which serves a diverse spectrum of clients in organizational development and conflict transformation. In addition she is a facilitator for OWLS (Organizational Wide Leadership Solutions). Barbara holds a MA in Conflict Transformation and Organizational Development from Eastern Mennonite University, a Master of Divinity in counseling, a BA in Social Work and is a graduate of the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University.