Why horses?

Horses are naturally highly attuned to everything in their environment as a way of keeping themselves safe.

They are sensitive to the slightest changes in posture, body language and breathing which instantly lets them know if the human they are working with holds a steady (or unsteady) emotional state.

This means that as leaders, we cannot ‘hide’ anything from the horse such as we might with our colleagues in the workplace. The horse reads our internal state and holds up a mirror to our leadership.

Horses are ideal partners for learning about leadership because:

  • They live in the present. They never worry about yesterday or tomorrow. They remind us to focus on how we can make a difference right now.
  • Their true nature is always on display without falseness or pretence. This is authenticity at its finest! They don’t care for your opinion of them, and they don’t have an ego concerned about what they might look like if they fail.
  • They never lie, in the sense that they don’t feel one emotion and present another to the outside world. This emotional congruence allows them to give honest feedback, and therefore to be our trusted partners in our leadership journey.
  • They don’t hold a grudge and they don’t stay upset for long. As soon as their sense of safety is restored, they immediately return to grazing and to their natural emotional equilibrium.
  • They accept you as you are, without judgement, expectation or conditions. What a notion!
  • They never engage in negative self-talk, like us humans tend to do! Provided they are physically safe, they are happy and willing to give their best to any task we ask of them and never undermine themselves with negative inner dialogue.

To find out more about our training programs call us today at: 0467 727 107 or email: angela@equenti.com