Why Horses?

Horses always ask: Who is leading?

“A horse doesn’t care how much you know until he knows how much you care.”- Pat Parelli

They help us understand that leadership begins with who we are being.  Horses help us close the gap between how we actually present ourselves to others, and how we think we are being.

Horses mirror the essential qualities of leadership trust, authenticity, honesty, intuition, listening, a willingness of spirit and perseverance.  They have no agenda with us.  They simply reflect our strength of character, our heart, our internal incongruence and our self-limiting perceptions.

Different to humans they don’t follow blindly yet they are looking to be led.  They cannot be coerced or influenced, they choose to follow. Horses have survived for thousands of years due to their ability to get along with and depend upon one another. They test each other to establish their position within the herd, deferring only to other horses they feel will keep them safe. In a world in which money, control and status are non-existent, horse leaders respond immediately to the thoughts, feelings and sometimes hidden agendas of those around them, and communicate with authority, purpose, authenticity and confidence-all without “saying” a single word.  Like some employees, horses can either be willing participants or resentful “herd members”, making them ideal partners for teaching self-leadership and teamwork

Horses provide us with immediate, 100% non-judgemental, observable feedback, mirroring our internal reality.  Living in the 93% of the non-verbal world of communication, they are not impressed by position, status or power.

As a prey animal, they live in the present moment, with their acute perception and survival instincts perfected over millennia.  They rely on and look to the Alpha horse to protect them and make the right decisions whenever the herd is in danger and requires leadership.

Horses are sociable animals with distinct personalities. They are experts at non-verbal communication and help us improve our communication skills by reacting to human responses and body language. Sensitive animals, highly intuitive, they react to the smallest changes and stimuli in their environment.

Horses help us connect with our emotional intelligence they give us insight and perception by responding to our innermost emotions. Feelings, breathing, movement and posture give the horse a catalogue of information.

Today, our current conditioning often makes us ignore or question our innate instincts. In this time of complexity and rapid change it is essential to balance the vast technological resources and multitude of information that is readily available. Balance it against instinct, self awareness, and intuition our emotional intelligence.