- What to Do With a Loose Horse
- Taming The Tough Stuff
- What Can We Change?
- Equine Guided Coaching for Midlife Women
- What Calls You Forth in Life?
- Not about "Gittin' 'er Done"
- If We Just Listen
- 6 Lessons You Can Learn From a Horse by Lynn Baskfield
- You Don’t Have to Believe
- The Flow of Life
Pay attention! A horse that is loose in the arena is often as engaged in the activity as the horse that is working directly with the client. When I was in Uruguay teaching equine guided coaching, I wanted to convey this with a learn-by-doing approach.
My Proyecto dos Equis team set up a large circle with four quadrants, each big enough for a person and horse to stand in. The activity is called Expanding Perspectives. Each quadrant represents a perspective from which a client could consider a problem.
That day Veronica volunteered to be coached. Everyone else in the course, about thirty people, gathered around the outside of the circle to observe. We had several assistants throughout the arena, and one loose horse, Sarandi. Veronica stood ......
The coaching approach considers feelings to be a natural part of living. Coaches make room for feelings and allow them to surface, giving the client time and space to explore, to face the dragon so to speak. In daily life, we humans are not so used to letting the tough feelings be there before trying to get rid of them. But often, when we allow them and separate them from the judgments and imaginings that accompany them, the feelings move and change on their own.
It takes courage to be with your feelings and not push them away. When you allow your feelings to simply be, you can continue to look more closely at the workings of your mind: your imaginings and judgments about how things are and what might happen. This is called ...
Like the serenity prayer says, there are some things we can change and some we can’t. It’s our job to draw on our wisdom to know the difference, and to pluck up the courage (and sometimes just the willingness) to make the changes we can.
A few years ago, I was diagnosed with tongue cancer. Who knew? I’ve never smoked and I rarely drink, but somehow I had small lumps that needed three surgeries. They were successfully removed, but every time I went back for check-ups, there would be iffy, pre-cancerous cells present. Finally I asked myself, “What can’t I change and what can I change here?”
I went to a complementary healer, Anne Westfall, and found that I had underlying candida that ...
Horses heal in many ways. Just hanging out with horses can be soothing to the soul. Among more guided approaches, there is equine assisted therapy which treats mental health issues. There is hippotherapy (or therapeutic riding) where people with disabilities, mostly children and youth, ride a horse with the assistance of trained instructors. (The riding stimulates the muscular and neurological systems as closely to walking as anything can. Not only that, the disabled person has the added benefit of being in relationship with a horse.) Then there is equine guided coaching and learning, which is the modality I use. This coaching-based approach assumes the client is creative, resourceful and whole, and that there is nothing to be fixed. The ...
Recently I was in a seminar where the question was “What gives you your purpose?” We were to look at what calls us into life. I wanted to say all the things that have always in the past given me purpose: my work with the horses, connecting with spirit, bringing joy, dancing. However, we were asked to look at how much of that came from the past, from a place of survival, from too much thinking, or from some sort of solidified sense of accomplishment. As I stepped into this challenging question, I remembered a Buddhist saying that I’ve had with me since I was in my twenties:
An old man lives in his past saying “Look what I did when I was young.
A young man lives in his future saying, “Look what I will do ......
The goal of Equine Guided Coaching is not to “get the job done.” Learning is what it’s all about. Often that learning is profound, whether the assigned task with a horse was completed or not.
Let me give you an example from my own life:
Several years ago, when I was just starting to do this work, I was in California training with Ariana Strozzi, one of the pioneers in Equine Guided Education (EGE). Each of us in our group of ten was to come up with a declaration about our life or our business and, one at time, go up and ask Yani, a beautiful buckskin mare, to move around us in a circle on a 20-foot rope attached to the horse’s halter. First we were to say our declaration, then ask Yani to move out ...
Horses are intuitive beings who can show us in an instant when we are fooling ourselves and when we are on the right track. As herd animals who are tuned in to the slightest inconsistency in their environment, they mirror back to us inconsistent behaviors we may not have been aware of—behaviors that stop us from moving forward in life or from moving deeper into our own authentic spirit. When clients leave an equine guided session, they leave with insights they can immediately apply to their lives. What’s more, no matter what result a person hopes to achieve when they come to a session, almost everyone leaves having been touched by the horses at a much deeper level than they expected.
It gives me great joy to do the work I do&...
There are thousands of things you can learn from a horse. Here are six:
- How to reel in bigger clients
- How to be a great partner
- How to listen to yourself
- How to be the kind of leader people want to follow
- How to stop tolerating crap
- How to find a way to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (Photo right:Client Laura D’Ambrosio and her fellow climbers at Uhuru Peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro)
“Yeah, right,” you say. But as soon as you try Equine Guided Coaching for yourself, you will have a life-changing lesson of your own you can add to the list.
Horses are large and powerful animals. Accomplishing a task involving a horse, in spite of fears or limitations, creates confidence and provides brilliant ...
You don’t have to believe. Hang around those horses long enough and they will continue to attune to your energy, thoughts and emotions in undeniable ways. They don’t really care if you believe it. You will have those moments anyway.
A professional horse trainer in the Uruguay group I recently presented a 4-day workshop to, raised his hand the second morning and said, “Yesterday when our group was out with the horses, I realized we were the clients, no longer students learning abstract theory. I saw that the horses responded to each of us differently, and I realized those responses were to the emotions, thoughts and energy moving through each of us.”
The horses continued to demonstrate accurate ...
Often when a client comes out to work with the horses, we walk out into the pasture with the herd with no particular horse in mind, no particular activity scheduled. As we breathe in the sweet air and feel it fill our bodies, we step into “horse time”, that kind of time that just is, open and spacious without pressure to perform. Often it seems as if nothing is happening. As a human being, I want something to happen for my client, but as an equine guided coach, I’ve learned to manage myself and just drop into that spacious place of being, keeping myself and my client present in the moment. As we watch and wait, things begin to shift. A hawk flies over. A horse comes forward. A feeling comes up. An action occurs. All of ...
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