Confidence and Fun Through Horsemanship


Equine Life Solutions (ELS Stables) is a premiere equestrian riding center residing at beautiful Holly Farm in Bothell, Washington.  We are conveniently located just 40 minutes from downtown Seattle, and 30 minutes from Bellevue off Hwy 405.

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Equine Life Solutions is continually committed to serving our clients in the safest, cleanest, high-quality care facility. Whether you are looking for a new home for your horse, or a community of horse-loving humans, Equine Life Solutions has it all.

So come and enjoy a truly “stable” community. Check us out and find out why ELS Stables is the best possible “Herd” of humans and horses around! Through groundwork, riding lessons, special events and straight up play, our students and horses gain confidence in themselves and each other.

Whether you are new to horses or an experienced rider, fearful or confident, ELS has a variety of classes and programs to meet your needs.

Explore our site to learn about our drama-free facility and lesson programs utilizing Natural Horsemanship techniques. And please call or email for more information or to arrange a visit.

For the safety of our animals and students, dogs must be kept in the car or walked in designated areas. Just ask us before taking your pet out of car. Thank You!

Robyn Smith
Owner, Instructor, Chief Horse Lover

Telephone: 425-686-7120 

The horse is as honest and as truthful as anything you could ever work with. He has no ego or pride that gets in his way. All the horse is trying to do is survive. So I try to work with him. – Ray Hunt

Julie Morton is a combination business and life coach, asserting that the two are intertwined and that personal change is easier and more sustainable when addressing the whole of a person’s life, not a compartment. Following a successful career in the corporate world as an environmental engineer and quality assurance manager, Julie has turned her analytical and problem-solving skills to understanding and transforming individuals’ personal and professional lives from the inside out. In addition to her ‘mind’ skills, Julie is expert in coaching emotional intelligence and agility, and somatic coaching which addresses how a person inhabits their body and the impact their body has on their ability to learn and achieve.
Working with Julie starts with growing skills in self-awareness in the domains of the mind, emotions and body, i.e. the whole self. The foundation of self awareness combined with values identification allows a person to then choose what and how to shift in order to create new possibilities and results. Julie teaches clients how to create conversations that generate coordination and trust. Emotions predispose us to action or to stay stuck. Julie teaches emotional agility so that clients learn from their emotions, shift and take action. For example, science has shown that being in a happy state increases performance. Learn to access happiness and automatically perform better. Learn to shift your body to enable better focus, better listening, calmer presence, and opening to other points of view.
Julie’s clients transform from confusion to clarity, from overwhelm to grounded presence, and from resignation to enthusiasm and intentional inspired action. For example, all humans search for meaning, often through work. Yet for many, work is unfulfilling. Through coaching with Julie, clients are able to shift their relationship with their work in order to create meaning and satisfaction where previously there was none. 
In addition to working human to human with individuals and small groups, Julie offers equine facilitated learning and coaching (EFLC). She creates experiences for clients with her equine coach partner, Sky, that enhance clients’ ability to see themselves in relation to others. Clients explore leadership styles, learn to set appropriate boundaries setting, and grow their ability to focus and modulate their energetic presence – so important in relationships whether they be personal or professional. EFLC experiences also grow the client’s body and emotional awareness and the ability to access their own intuition and the wisdom in their heart and gut – human skills that have largely been forgotten in our modern western world which privileges the mind as superior. Yet the mind alone is insufficient to achieve many of our human goals and desires.
Julie trained and certified in the flagship program, Coaching for Personal and Professional Mastery, at one of the coaching industry’s premier coaching schools – Newfield Network. In addition, Julie trained as a Certified Financial Coach (TM), and graduated from Equine Alchemy’s Equine Facilitated Learning & Coaching Program. Alchemy – turning ordinary human potential into extraordinary results – gold.
Robyn Smith is the founder and owner of Equine life Solutions. She graduated from University of Washington Nursing School with a Bachelors degree in nursing science.  She  worked as a hospital float nurse and agency nurse for several years while pursuing a certificate in Knowledge Management and Leadership Training. She started Quality Life Solutions in the mid 90’s with a focus on leadership training of nurse directors and charge nurses. She trained healthcare professionals that were new to management as well as acting as Interim Director of Nursing and training new Directors and Managers into their positions.
Robyn’s horse history extends back to getting her first pony in 1969. She has had horses in her life. In 2006, she left the corporate world to pursue leadership training of teens and young adults, using horsemanship to inspire and teach these young leaders how to recognize and overcome fear in themselves and then with the horses.
Soon the business leaders, of which many were parents of the kids and teens, requested classes and workshops for themselves and their teams. The adults were seeing such changes in their kids, they wanted to learn along with the kids. Essential Strides Coaching Services came about as a result to address the continuing need for interpersonal skill training in business. 
Robyn’s current clients are individuals and teams from Microsoft, Expedia, Comcast, Hatton Marine, Montessori Schools, to name a few.  Her passion for teaching teens has extended into teaching leadership skills to youth from homeless shelters, foster homes, and child referrals from domestic violence services and local addiction recovery programs.
“The animals and particularly the horses have a healing and life changing effect on humans that interact with them. As our world turns more and more tech savvy, we seem to be losing our interpersonal savvy.  I have worked with dozens of company leaders and employees.  One of the most common complaints from employees is the lack of  trust in their leadership.  Employees tend to communicate this distress in undesirable behaviors that culminate in distrust across many relationships in the office.  
Horses are no different. If they do not trust the leader handling them in situations that they lack training in, their behaviors are amplified by sheer size and energy. They buck, bolt, bite, kick, strike or rear when leadership is lacking. Like humans, horses do not respond well to bullying: force, fear and intimidation. They respond to calm, assertive energy from the human to direct them and keep them safe.”
Here are some of the areas Robyn teaches and coaches.  She offers individual and teambuilding workshops (with or without horses):
Effective Communication Training
Understanding the Five Motivations behind behavior
The Five Authority types and when and how to use them
Teambuilding Workshops with horses (non-riding experiential learning)