Jennifer West lives life with a playful, joyous spirit. As a child, Jennifer and her best friend would create crazy adventures riding their wild war ponies through pastures and woods. A bond was formed in those days, both with friends and the horses they rode. It wasn’t just children playing games on horses, but horses and children sharing adventures together. However, as Jennifer grew and started to plan her career, this playful, joyous side was never part of the equation. Her childlike fire and energy was suppressed and what became important was finding a career that fit what society deemed "worthy". It was about money and making ends meet.
Jennifer’s favorite activity was taking the young horses out on trail rides. She loved the opportunity to expand their minds, get them out of the arena, and challenge them in more natural ways. Her need to connect closely with horses and people didn’t really mesh with the high-pressure horse training industry; an environment where the purpose Jennifer’s favorite activity was taking the young horses out on trail rides. She loved the opportunity to expand their minds, get them out of the arena, and challenge them in more natural ways. Her need to connect closely with horses and people didn’t really mesh with the high-pressure horse training industry; an environment where the purpose is to create the best Reining horses in the shortest time possible. So, after a few years she decided there had to be a better way to make horses a part of her life, and it was clear that a career in horse training didn’t fit the bill.
Since Jennifer decided she wasn’t going to be a professional horse trainer by trade, she instead followed her college course work and pursued a career in Information Technology. Jennifer excelled at her job and she took great pleasure in her natural ability to troubleshoot problems that helped others get their jobs done. Also, her office was located in the heart of Boulder Colorado, a world-renowned Mecca of athletic activity, and this fortuitous location fanned the flames for adventure and movement.
Over time through her interactions with both coworkers and friends, she came to realize that she could not only connect with others through playful movement, but she could also reconnect with her truest self. That spark she knew as a child was reborn.
That’s when a change took place. The fire within ignited again and her imagination was alive with ideas. In 2012 Jennifer achieved Level 2 Trainer certification in MovNat, a natural movement program developed by Erwan Le Corre .Then in February of 2013 she received her Equine Gestalt Coaching Method Certification from the Touched By A horse program created by Melisa Pearce
This combination of Movement and Gestalt disciplines exemplifies her passion to connect and play, both with horses and people. Capriole Coaching is the culmination of the many adventures that have shaped Jennifer’s joyous spirit and her deep passion for sharing that spirit with others.
The Equine Gestalt Coaching Method® was developed by Melisa Pearce, a core founder since 1989, of the horse-human healing movement. The experiential nature of the method involves the horse as an active partner with the coach in the client’s exploratory process. The integrative approach of the equine’s interaction combined with positive coaching, somatic awareness guidance and Gestalt methodology assists the client in examining their life and choices made with a focus on designing a positive future.
For more information about Melisa Pearce and the EGCM™ and the Certification Program go to www.touchedbyahorse.com.
MovNat is a fitness and physical education system based on training the full range of our natural human movement abilities. MovNat is for everyone. It is progressive and safe, and supports physical competence and conditioning for any area of life.
In 2012 Jennifer achieved Level 2 Trainer Certification in MovNat,a program developed by Erwan Le Corre.
To learn more about MovNat go to www.movnat.com