Why horses? The benefits of Equine assisted learning
Horses are master teachers. Over thousands of years, our two species have developed a unique bond. Working with horses helps us understand our social constructs, emotions and behaviours. When we learn the way of the horse, we become self-aware as we earn their trust. This is embodied leadership. This is what it means to build relationships.
Key Outcomes of working with horses
Step Into Leadership
Everyone can be a leader, but not everyone takes the time to practice leadership. As herd animals, horses follow by nature; they give up their leadership to the one best fit to lead. You have to earn your place as a leader by learning to make your thoughts, vision and actions congruent.
A Soft Eye and a Confident Posture
The words we use aren't always consistent with our body language. Horses feel that. They reflect back to us our feelings of anxiety, sadness, happiness, trust, limiting beliefs or masks we may unknowingly wear. You’ll practice how to communicate authentically by responding to their feedback and shifting your energy and intentions.
See Yourself Reflected
As prey, horses are highly receptive to the energy you project and they’ll mirror it back to you. They don’t lie. They have no agenda, judgements or pre-conceived notions. They’ll simply and honestly show you who you are being. Words, titles, assumptions don’t matter. It’s living nature giving you the gift of immediate feedback.
Be Seen and 'Herd'
Humans and horses are cut from the same social fabric. We each have a need to belong. You’ll learn from their gentle nudges to listen to your intuition and sense how to create environments that are safe for everyone. It’s once you open up your true intentions that everyone can take risks and step into their self-leadership and life.
Shift Your Paradigm
When you step into the presence of 1,200 pounds of raw power it’s a grounding experience. Horses immediately shatter our belief system that doing is more important than being because they demand our full attention. If you’re willing, they’ll teach you to value relationships, not as a means to an end, but as something infinitely more important.
How it works Let go of who you think you're supposed to be
Have you had experiences where you were totally out of your comfort zone? It’s disruptive, confusing, intimidating. Fight or flight kicks in and our bodies react, charged with emotion, before we’re able to make sense of the situation and compose ourselves. And so we fall into these patterns; different patterns with different people, withdrawing from some, confronting with others. Always wishing we’d responded differently. Horses, due to their sheer size and presence, recreate these experiences and give us the opportunity to practice leadership while letting go.
Herds are to horses just like teams are to people. Step out of your comfort zone and learn through integrable, outcomes-based activities with horses how to be more productive, happy and successful in your team.
Whole life leadership coaching will impact your life and world, building your self-authority and self-authorship. Through a dynamic intrapersonal process, challenge your leadership styles, values and beliefs to serve you in achieving your desired outcomes.
Go on a personal growth journey to become more self-aware, confident in your choice, congruent in who you are. Imagine living fully and wholly expressed; comfortable in your skin; you, untamed!
Core values are more than just words, they're a way of life
Be honest with yourself. Don’t play small or hide behind a facade. Live up to your values and purpose and embrace living fully expressed in your wholeness: with yourself, with other species, with the world.
Always be curious about life. Chomp at the bit to seek the truth, especially about yourself. Explore the world and all its possibilities. Be brave and embrace failure: it’s always rich in information.
Find your herd where you can kick up your heels, get messy and make some noise. You belong; so live your life, fierce, passionate, fully expressed.
Create respectful, safe, supportive spaces for humans and horses alike. Be vulnerable, willing to step into your brilliance and become your most authentic self.
- Multiple Dates | Summer 2020
- Pandher Blueberry Farms, Langley City, BC
Upcoming Event Living through Uncertainty - an Equine Experience
- Multiple Dates | Summer 2020
- Pandher Blueberry Farms, Langley City, BC
Reconnect thru nature, horses & in relationship with others by Activating your Hope during these uncertain times. No riding/horse experience.
We’re living and leading through unprecedented times of uncertainty, which can bring about anxiety, overwhelm, disconnection and stuck feelings. Uncertainty isn’t a problem to be solved, but it can be an opportunity for growth. We must learn to lead ourselves and others through it.Learn More
Meet SueExperience Yourself Through the Eyes, Heart and Way of the Horse
Horses have always been a part of my life. When I’m around horses, it’s the most fulfilling place in the world I can be. I’ve cofounded organizations, sat on boards, and know firsthand what it’s like to build a business from the ground up. I know the corporate world, I’ve lived it: the relentless frenzy of “human doing” rather than “human being.”
But horses have always been a constant positive force constantly guiding me back to who I am and who I want to be. They’ve helped me ground back to my inner knowing, teaching me to slow down and live life fully, authentically, even light-heartedly. They teach me to be true, having never left me in the dirt.
I’ve been a professional coach for over ten years. After witnessing the power of horses to be master teachers when given the chance, I realized my purpose was to incorporate my lived experiences in the business world and my training as a coach with my passion for these incredible animals. And I want you to discover that power, to release your untapped potential, to build your endurance for this windy ride called life, and to become the person you were born to be. Are you ready to step into your leadership? Come learn how to experience yourself through the eyes, heart and way of the horse!
Inspiring people to take action
"Working with horses is one step in your evolution, learning more about yourself, moving yourself forward in your leadership style. I had a breakthrough and this horse, Jet, allowed me to discover something about myself that I probably would not have gotten through any other means. I'm in awe."Clint M., Executive
"Sue challenged me to step out of my comfort zones and I was affirmed in who I am. I can always count on her to speak truth in gentleness. Sue also provided me with much support during challenging times."Joanne Anderson, Union Gospel Mission Manager of Volunteer Resources
"Sue coached several leaders within our organization over a period of three years. She also facilitated a staff retreat for my department. Her work at our organization had a direct impact on our culture as it led us to create a coaching culture. We saw that the individuals Sue coached increased in self-confidence, emotional self-awareness, enhanced communication skills, improved leadership skills and an improved ability to see other people’s perspectives."Grace Lynn Reeve, CPHR, MAL Director of People & Culture
"Sue is a strong, personable and relatable coach with extensive business background. She understood many of the challenges I was facing and assisted me in gaining clarity on who I needed to be, how best to approach initiatives and goals I needed to own, while introducing these things into a culture of change.Captain Mark Bingham, Vice President of Operations SAAM Towage Canada Inc.