Working with horses requires the same three elements as working with people.
You can learn what horses and people have going on in their lives and personalities. You won't be able to read their minds and you have no control over what they bring to the interaction - their past experiences, interpretations of your behavior, etc. But empathy puts you in the best possible place to respond.
- Communication Skills
You can learn verbal and nonverbal behaviors that improve your interactions with horses and with people.
- Intuitive Energy or Presence
You can learn how to access and hone the invisible and potentially powerful presence you bring to interactions. This energy or presence isn't something people often talk about, but you've experienced it. Think of the way your board room feels when people are tense, relaxed, celebratory, focused, etc. Your ability to manage the intuitive energy you bring to interactions is a critical leadership skill.
The horse will respond to you out of this third element before, and sometimes instead of, the other two. They will give immediate feedback about how your presence is affecting them. That's what makes them such good partners in the learning process.
An equine session may look like you're moving a horse around in an arena, but with the right facilitators, you'll be learning these three elements with a special emphasis on intuitive energy or presence.
What an Equine Session Is Like
The whole process was wonderful
The exercises we used showed me how to use this information in day-to-day life.
This training helped point out positive things and things I need to be aware of in how I approach life.