What makes The Leading With Horses “Herd”
Unique and Valuable?
Equine Assisted Coaching is about personal development. Leading with Horses has created a safe place for coaches, therapists, researchers and individuals to explore their patterns. We believe horses are uniquely adapted to coach humans. As prey animals they have developed sensitivity to their surroundings and as herd animals they communicate through their actions. Subtle changes in our actions or behaviors can provoke responses that give us immediate feedback about ourselves. Horses let us see ourselves in ways we cannot.
As herd animals they learn to depend on each other for survival and work cooperatively and instinctively. The hierarchy within the herd can change over time. Leadership is obtained through intelligence and ability to protect or lead the herd, rather than brute force. This leadership dynamic has much to teach us about leading without dominance or intimidation.
Leading with Horses offers select members of their herd for use in coaching and therapy sessions. An individual, group or team may come to work one-on-one with a specific horses in a round pen or arena, as well as observe the natural behaviors of the herd. This is not a riding program. The Coaches at Leading With Horses will work with Instructors and Therapists to customize a curriculum for their clients, or you can simply learn along-side your client.
Below is a list of our horses, their personality traits, and how and why working with each one would be beneficial. The learning manifests through the equine/human interaction based on each individual's personality, matched with that of the horse. Not necessarily the same.
These are six common personalities of horses who have the ability to influence and change humans;
An insecure or defensive horse will teach you to be a confident leader with clear quiet communication.
A shy and untrusting horse will teach you to be patient and give the subject time to digest information
A confident and interactive horse will give a person the opportunity to test their patience and to control a subject that wants to overshoot their authority with the herd.
A physically disabled horse will give a person the opportunity to communicate with a subject that is not up to speed on training that others in the herd have had.
A stubborn horse will give a person the opportunity to exercise problem-solving abilities and exert themselves without being a bully
These champions will challenge you to match of wits. The clearest “mirror” of all.