Master Your Mental Game of Golf . . . with Horses!

If you want to play your best golf more often, sign up for this workshop! We are partnering with Emma J. Stodel, Ph.D., Learning 4 Excellence, to offer this unique experience.

The mental game of golf

At Learning 4 Excellence, Emma assists golfers in the development of mental skills that enhance golf performance and increase enjoyment of the game. Her programs are designed specifically for golfers of all abilities based on theoretical research and practical experience.

Perhaps one of the biggest frustrations for golfers is lack of consistency. A great round can quickly unravel (and vice versa) and our scores for two rounds can be dramatically different. Often these ups and downs in performance are due to lapses in concentration, muscle tension, over-confidence, or anxiety rather than a change in technical ability. In this unique one-day experience, we will help you learn to take control of your ‘mental game’ to play better and more enjoyable golf—by working with horses!

How horses can help

“Once I was over my ball, I remembered how calm I was with the horse and that feeling helped me lower the chatter in my head and kept my anxiety and doubt to a minimum. It was as if I was alone on each shot!” (Master Your Mental Game of Golf … with horses participant)

As prey animals, horses are extremely sensitive and react immediately and honestly to what is around them—when you’re part of their environment, this includes you! The work you will do with the horses is unique and offers a very powerful and personal experience. The horses help reveal thinking patterns that impact your golf game; we use this to help you master your mental game of golf.

How will the day unfold?

  • Meet the two-legged herd and enjoy a morning graze
  • Explore the mental game of golf through an interactive workshop
  • Meet your four-legged coaches and listen to what they tell you
  • Back to the barn for lunchtime feed
  • Start to build your mental toolkit
  • Return to your four-legged coaches to apply what you’ve learned

Photo galleries: Aug, 2017 | May, 2018

What if I don’t know how to ride or am afraid of horses?

At no point will you actually ride the horses. You will work with them in a round pen from the ground and be supervised by experienced coaches at all times. The horses are well-trained and comfortable in this environment. Rest assured that our horses are gentle, loving creatures that will help you attain your goals. At the end of the day, we are confident you will love them (almost!) as much as we do.

If you’re not an “animal person” you won’t be the first in one of our sessions. Even if you are not used to being around animals you will quickly appreciate how effective they are at revealing our strengths and weaknesses—but don’t take our word for it, let them prove it to you!


Dates: Get a group of 5+ together and set your own date! Or contact us for other potential dates.

Format: Workshop (maximum 8 people)
Individual sessions also available for golfers, as well as other athletes and performers (musicians, actors) looking to enhance their performance through mental skill development

Cost: $199+HST

Where: Foxview Stables, 3158 Stagecoach Rd, Osgoode

For more information contact Marlene at  or 613-277-4402

Or Emma at or 613-884-7060

Register now! or 613-277-4402

Who we are

With a background in educational and sport psychology, Emma J. Stodel, Ph.D., is an entrepreneur, leader, educator, mental training consultant, and philanthropist dedicated to improving the health and well‐being of others and facilitating excellence.

As a mental training consultant, she is recognized for her capacity to build rapport quickly, listen attentively, and lead athletes to improved performance. Her programs have helped athletes around the globe — from weekend warriors to Olympic athletes — master their mental game. Read some of her popular golf articles here.

Maureen Donoghue and Marlene Armstrong are certified Equus Coaches with the Koelle Institute for Equus Coaching and are the co-founders of Unbridled Coaching, which has been helping clients move forward since 2011. Learn more about us here.