Business owners, along with managers and executives in corporate settings who wish to experience accelerated learning in areas of team building, leadership, and relationship development, seek out the Equine Assisted learning programs at Coaching with Horses programs.
Coaching with Horses Equine Assisted Learning programs provide a dynamic process of building leadership and self-awareness skills through horse-human interactions. The ability of managers and leaders to effectively embody these skills impacts an organization’s bottom line, since successful team building, interpersonal communication, and conflict resolution efforts are crucial in today’s marketplace. While interacting with horses, individuals become able to identify and shift the limiting behavior patterns that prohibit them from developing trusting relationships in business settings.
Horses are wise mentors in this unique type of work. As prey animals, their “flight” instincts become instant mirrors and non-judgmental feedback mechanisms for humans. Horses sense and respond to a person’s intentions, emotions, and thoughts that are conveyed subconsciously through body language. Through the experience of observing a horse’s response to their requests and directions, each person learns how to communicate more effectively, face their fears and manage their emotions, and become more consistent and congruent with their actions.
Through observation of herd dynamics and one-on-one interaction with individual horses, attendees also learn new relationship-building skills. A tremendous confidence boost comes from learning how to connect with and direct a one-thousand-pound animal while standing on the ground. Sessions with horses are highly interactive and provide an ‘in the moment’ learning experience, teaching skills, which can be difficult to acquire in more traditional settings.
Through participation in our Equine Assisted Learning leadership programs, individuals will learn to:
- Make choices and take actions based on courage and awareness
verses automatic, ‘learned’ responses.
- Build trust in relationships and teams.
- Develop skills to work through uncomfortable, emotionally
- Move from conflict into resolution and agreement more quickly.
- Face fears and learn new behaviors to gain personal power
- Experience breakthroughs that increase the depth of Emotional
- Expand cohesiveness and productivity within teams and partnerships.
What about Kathy?
Kathy Pike brings fifteen years of experience as a professional coach, writer, workshop leader, and outdoor adventurer to her leadership work with horses. She is a published author and regular contributor to magazines and publications. Kathy travels throughout the U.S. and internationally, facilitating programs on emotional awareness and personal /professional development. A former trainer for CoachU (a leading coach training organization), Kathy now employs horses in her training and coaching programs. She is Level One EAGALA certified and is an Approved Equine Facilitated Learning Instructor.
Kathy is a leader in the field of bringing horses and humans together for leadership and coaching. Once dragged by a horse, Kathy learned to face her fears and work with horses again. Her greatest teacher has been her wild mustang Corazon de la Montana, who teaches her about trust, intention, and leadership every day.
Partial Client list:
- Microsoft (Seattle and Denver)
- Women’s Vision Foundation
- Tony Robbins Coaching Group
- Dalby Wealth Group
- Sun StorageTek
- International Coach Federation (ICF)
- ICF regional coaching organizations in Portland, Oregon,
Indianapolis, Indiana, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Denver and Boulder, Colorado
- Boulder Chamber of Commerce
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What will we do, and how does it work?
Coaching with Horses™ programs brings together individuals and teams with a horse to learn how one approaches building relationships and gaining leadership. All of our horse related activities are on the ground. Other activities bring together a team to work with a horse.
Through processes that help you understand the nature of a horse, participants learn to pay attention to subtle body language, emotional messages, clarity in thought and confidence in achieving a goal while interacting with a horse. We believe that this integrative approach to learning gives the most immediate and lasting results to the individual and teams.
Isn’t this just play?
Our work goes beyond the concept of play and is deeply embedded with the intent to coach others to higher levels of self-awareness and engaging new behaviors. Self-observation and awareness while interacting with a horse, reveals a person’s blind spot in his/her leadership and relationship building skills. We take this work seriously, and our horses are trained and seasoned teachers. Participants will feel stretched into new perspectives and learn and practice new ways of interacting and building trust with others.
In general, learning can be conscious and unconscious, depending on the environment, intention, and activities presented. Play is considered a complex exchange that is seen only in relatively intelligent animals and humans. There is value in experiencing play that focuses on the quality of interaction and the results produced.
We ensure that participants understand the dynamics of their interactions with horses and how to immediately apply their learning into the business or corporate environment.
What if someone has fear about working with horses?
It is not uncommon for many of our participants to have some trepidation, anxiety, or fear when it comes to working with horses. Some have never been around them, and others may have had a scary incident as a child. We coach clients to understand the wisdom of their whole experience and how to gain their power and choice while their fears or concerns are present. This, in itself, stretches leadership capabilities.
No prior horse experience is necessary for this work, and safety precautions are thoroughly reviewed. Also, we ensure that participants understand horses, their nature, and how to stay safe while engaging with them. We honor both the human and the horse, and we intend to create a setting that brings the best out in both beings. Our participants are always at choice, and no learning is forced.
How is this going to help my bottom line?
Horses will only respond to leaders they trust. Several years ago, I adopted a seven-year-old wild mustang. He had a mind of his own and his way of surviving in the wild. He was deemed un-trainable and un-adoptable. I decided to adopt him anyway. Nothing was possible in our relationship until I had gained his trust. After earning his trust we moved beyond trying to figure out each other’s motives or having suspicion into working as a team. Our growth now is expediential compared to before we established trust.
The book The Speed of Trust; The One Thing that Changes Everything by Stephan M.R. Covey outlines the importance of trust for any relationship and that without trust there are costs in the relationship. The cost is time. Instead of time spent to create successful results, it is spent repairing or supporting the relationship. With greater levels of trust, there is mutual confidence between individuals or parties.
Coaching with Horses will change your bottom line as you will see more getting done in less time, and your teams will demonstrate cohesiveness and mutual support. Solid relationships, matched with competency, creates the potential for excellence.
What is the next step?
The first step is to identify your or your team’s needs and how horses can help achieve new behaviors and approaches to leadership and relationships. Call 303-545-2555 or email Support to set up a time to talk about how Coaching with Horse programs can provide you and your team a powerful way to develop new relationship building and leadership skills.
Program locations are available in Boulder, Colorado, Berthoud, Colorado, near Las Vegas, Tucson, Arizona, and Arroyo Grande, California.