What is Equine Guided Learning?
Equine Guided Learning is about personal growth and development. It offers clients an opportunity to learn more about themselves as they interact with horses. This kind of experiential learning provides valuable insights, encouraging people to explore who they are in the present, to find their own answers and to create meaningful strategies for their lives. Clients work one-on-one with a coach or in group settings ~ team building workshops, support circles and so on.
Why Work with Horses?
Horses are highly sensitive, intelligent and curious. They are also, by instinct, acutely aware of their environment and respond to subtle changes around them. When they work with people, that awareness is focused on their relationships with us. They pick up on our emotional and physical states and “mirror” them back to us through their behavior. That reflection gives us the opportunity to see ourselves from a different perspective and to gain insights about our own lives.
Moments of Reflection
Experiential learning with horses provides moments of insight ~ opportunities to reflect on ourselves, our life patterns, the things we love about ourselves and the things we'd like to change.
Here are some observations from a personal experience at my former barn. Note: George, the young horse mentioned in this piece, is now a gelding, living out in the pasture with his herd where he's become a mentor for the younger horses.
Coaching and Counseling
It's important to understand the difference between these two kinds of practices.
The role of a coach is different than that of a counselor or therapist. As a life coach and Equine Guided Educator, I act as a support person. I help to create space and offer encouragement as clients learn to identify the things that are most important to them, develop ideas about how to express their values in the world, and so on.
I'm not a licensed counselor, nor do I offer mental health assessments, diagnoses or treatment plans. I don't provide mental health advice or counseling to clients.
"You will never have to tell your horse that you are sad, happy, confident, angry or relaxed. He already knows—long before you do.
While we can fool another human with words, we can never fool our horses.
Our emotions and moods are language to our horse!
Energy is the expression of emotion and horses sense vibrations of energy.
So be aware of your emotions and energy at all times."
Marijke de Jong
Equine Guided Learning
Mother Creek Haven