We are truly blessed by the presence of horses in the world. My vision is that every person's life can be touched by the grounded presence and body centered awareness of a horse. In the work I do in Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching, the horse is the teacher. Horses model mindfulness, authentic relationship, partnership, community and being congruent. As a coach my wish is for clients to learn to be like a horse. When a person is body centered and present, they can access higher levels of intuition and awareness.
Horses read our emotions. They sense where we are energetically - tense, confused, angry, relaxed. A horse senses what we may not be aware of or what we think we are hiding successfully. What a horse wants from us is to be congruent, to make sense. In the wild, this sensing is necessary for survival. A wild horse has to be able to sense the difference between a hungry mountain lion and a satisfied one. The high sensitivity of the horse to his environment is what saves his life in the wild. Being domesticated, horses haven't lost this ability. In their domesticated life we are the predators, we are who they are sensing, trying to understand and to figure out the relationship with.
In coaching, this is the very dance happening between the human and horse - sensing, understanding and relationship. This interaction and the horse's responses, offers powerful insight and learning for the human.
In a coaching session, as the person begins to understand the nature of the horse and the relationship deepens, a communication occurs that is unique, unlike anything that happens between two people. It is often easier to see oneself through the eyes of a horse, to accept non-judgmental reflection from the heart of a horse, than it is from another person.