horse therapy

Kelly Jones and her mare, Leda

Kelly Jones is a mom, entrepreneur, ranch owner, author, mindfulness expert, equine behaviorist, experienced coach, retreat leader,  certified equine professional with the Natural Lifemanship Institute, a graduate of Leif Hallberg’s Masterclass and a woman on a mission who is passionate about equine welfare and supporting people who are struggling with that feeling of being stuck. She believes strongly in heart-centered awareness and the principle of PIE, which she created while working with clients.

Coaching and Retreats

Whether working with clients virtually or in-person as a compassionate and supportive coach, or leading a wellness or corporate retreat, it is a priority to support and walk beside each client with the goal of clarity, freedom from fear, a renewed sense of empowerment and ability to focus on relationships with self and others. Kelly consistently provides insight and tangible tools that create long-lasting positive change, overcoming unhealthy patterns. In addition Kelly mentors therapists and equine professionals, interested in integrating equine assisted therapy and/or learning into their businesses. Click here to go to the Coaching Page.

She also works with owners of horses to ensure that the needs of the horse are being met, always taking into consideration the Five Freedoms.  Whether a foal, or a horse in its 20’s or 30’s, Kelly’s decades of knowledge in equine nutrition, welfare and behavior helps owners and trainers recognize signs of pain or confusion, and work towards providing safety and understanding. 

Click  here to schedule a free consultation to discuss booking a coaching or mentoring session with Kelly, or to chat about your horse and any issues you would like help with.  To purchase Kelly’s Book, Unbridled Connection: Soul Discovery Through Nature and Horses, click here.

Kelly’s Story

A lifelong horse lover, Kelly was blessed to realize her dream of creating a business centered around these sentient and majestic beings when she purchased a ranch north of Austin, Texas in 1999 and began boarding horses and teaching riding lessons. In addition, Kelly volunteered with local rescue groups to rehabilitate neglected and traumatized horses, became a breeder of Arabian sport horse crosses, directed summer camps, and assisted owners with their equine partners who were experiencing problems with their partnerships, whether related to nutrition, pain-management, tack fit, training, needed bodywork or relationship/connection help.

Click here to schedule a free consultation to discuss equine therapy, equine coaching, horse owner services and mentoring opportunities for equine professionals and licensed therapists.

In 2013 the persistent question of the power of the horse to calm her clients and create confidence and a renewed sense of self and safety, she intentionally set out to find out why. Learning about neuroscience and the human brain was amazing, as the search for answers led her to the Natural Lifemanship Institute where she began her certification journey. Kelly continues to take classes on trauma, the human brain, spirituality and the nervous system and is currently in training to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.

Equine Assisted Learning and Therapy

In 2014 Kelly was blessed with the opportunity intern with Tim Jobe, one of the founders of the Natural Lifemanship Institute, at an equine-assisted mental health facility that worked with the foster care system alongside licensed professionals. She was able to observe and participate with 4 different therapists, working with children ages 3 to 18 years of age.  In 2015 she converted her own ranch into an equine-assisted mental health facility and partnered with 8 different licensed therapists over the course of six years. With thousands of hours of experience partnering with these gifted individuals, Kelly was able to learn and dive deeper into her commitment to provide humans of all ages and stages, an opportunity to truly experience safety and peace in order to heal and create new patterns. 

Click here to go to our Equine-Assisted Mental Health page for information on Equine Therapy services. 

Since committing to this passion-driven work in 2013, she has helped many men, women and children break through mental, emotional and even physical limitations, develop deep insights, heal from life-long traumas and develop, nurture and grow healthy and safe relationships. The process is supportive and safe, organically evolving for each client, with no agenda. 

Heart-Centered Awareness and PIE

Kelly created an innovative method of partnering with horses while studying mindfulness and spirituality, experiencing for herself the healing power of presence and heart-centered awareness. Combined with the knowledge of trauma-informed care and the nervous system of humans, this modality is simple yet powerful, and creates permanent change through new nuero-pathways. Then during the Pandemic, there was a shift to virtual coaching, and it has been very effective! Click here to schedule a free consultation on how coaching can help!

Clients learn the difference between feelings, emotions and sensations and how these differences allow them to control their responses and not jump back into an unhealthy recurring loop of reactions that damage relationships and quality of life.

Intuitive vs Intellectual

We were created as intuitive beings with an intellect, not the other way around. 

We possess physical bodies, with great minds and have forgotten that there is a space inside of us that must also be tended to, and that is our spirit or our heart. Not a frivolous chase after emotions, but a true connection self and others.  This heart connection is the bridge that heals and gets our operating system back on line.  Learning presence, being able to respond in real time to what is happening in the moment, discerning sensations within the body indicating emotion and then recognizing an appropriate response is possible! Stop the spinning thoughts, activate healing and experience joy again. 

Why not start today? Contact Kelly to schedule a free consultation. 

Here is what others have to say:

“After just the first session at Unbridled Connection, Kelly was able to help me tap into myself, the me that had been stacked underneath years and years of life and trauma. After another session or two, I was able to crawl out from underneath that stack and make choices that had been sitting in front of me for a long time, but I wasn’t able to see clearly until that moment. Clarity is such a wonderful thing! I realized that I had been in a fog from heavy emotional abuse and control for over a decade and now I saw the truth. I felt a peace that I’ve never felt before as Kelly explained a lot of science on how our brains and bodies process trauma and then shared how to work my way out of it. Kelly is patient, kind, giving and full of knowledge. I don’t consider myself a victim anymore…I’m a survivor!” – Lara B.

“What a wonderful experience. Kelly opened my mind, my heart and my spirit with Assisted Equine Mindfulness Work. She helped me experience healing from my childhood traumas! The horses taught me how to be present to the truth and not to listen to my spinning mind.” – Letty C.

“Just a short note to tell you that the Mindfulness Retreat was the highlight of my year – Thank you for all of your offerings that day. It was a nurturing and well-run retreat”. – Anna P

“Kelly you are truly gifted with connecting with horses and teaching that to others.  I am looking forward to continuing my journey with horses.” – Sharlene A.

“It’s hard and takes a lot of courage to show up and be vulnerable, but it is worth it… even while you’re kicking and screaming. It’s just a safe space for healing, even when your triggers make you feel unsafe and there’s a lot of power in that.” – Jamie H