This is my story about the time when I felt most strongly somebody else’s fear.
I arrived at Potcoava on a quiet Thursday afternoon, a typical summer day. I crossed a couple of the free ranging horses on the hills right next to the Hideaway. In the golden sunset light, these horses seem like supernatural creatures roaming on a piece of land straight out of a fairy tale. I thought to myself “if there is Heaven, horses for sure inhabit it.”
They (a team of top managers) were still in the workshop, so I just greeted the staff and joined Ionut, my business partner, for a snack and a chat about the weekend this team would spend with us and the horses. The program we had put together was tailored for the team and their objectives and at the time we were both curious to see how it will unfold.
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The blind, the deaf and the mute is an introductory horse assisted exercise which delivers on the identification of ways of working.
The blind, the deaf and the mute is an introductory horse assisted exercise which delivers on the identification of ways of working (individual and team), proposes a few elements of complexity, accesses emotions like trust, courage and builds on skills like communication, strategy and tactics, listening.
Depending on the exact context of the team and the business, we’ve created over 100 variations of this exercise. This way, the attention of everyone is fully engaged and the results are extremely insightful for the business situation the client addresses.
The value of a horse assisted education module lies in the links we create between what happens in the exercises and your real life.
It starts like any other Learning & Development program, with a need’s analysis and objectives definition. First question could be: Are you trying to solve a problem or harness an opportunity?
We then design a program suited to your specific context, team and needs.
Then we accompany you on this journey. In some phases, we step away and clear the space for a horse or two to walk alongside you.
Your physical journey of a few hundred meters beside a horse will take you years up and down the stream of your own life and business and will provide the much needed space and time for you to design the solution you are looking for, test it and prepare the implementation plan.
Horse assisted education is ABOUT YOU! The horses are there as your partners and they have the center role reserved for you. We are there to create the safe and appropriate context for you to travel the distance you need to travel.
The value of a horse assisted education module lies in the links we create between what happens in the exercises and your real life. This means that the quality of the consultants accompanying you is key. It is the humans who design the learning experience, the set-up, choose the horses (very important aspect!) and accompany you.
When choosing the consulting firm you will work with, take a close look at their portfolio, their expertise and experiences and don’t limit your questions to the horses. Choose the business topics and then work your way towards the horses.