Coaching with Horses
Tame your fear and find your equi-librium through the work with horses and Frauke as a facilitator. Experience the magic of an encounter with the horses and see for yourself how it can help you transform your life to be more balanced, peaceful, and happy.
Coachings will take place in Koerich or Windhof, depending on weather conditions. If you have your own horse, I can also come to your stable and we will do the coachings there.
What is Horse-Assisted Coaching?
In order to understand what horse-assisted coaching is, we first need to gain an understanding of traditional face to face coaching. The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching “as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential”. Through the process of coaching, which uses different techniques of enquiry and personal discovery, clients increase their awareness and responsibility and gain more clarity about their current situation. The focus lies on the clients’ goals, visions, and desires, and the steps the client can take towards their realization. The goal of coaching is to help clients create change through empowerment, support, and feedback.
When we talk about horse-assisted coaching, we talk about the exact same process, but with the addition of the horse. Through observation of or interaction with the horses (always from the ground, no riding), clients engage in self-reflection, experimentation, and self-discovery. The coach serves a double role as the facilitator and translator between horse and client, as well as the traditional coach who supports their clients through targeted questions and guidance toward change. Through its honest, direct, and unbiased feedback, the horse offers clients an immediate tangible and visible reaction to their behavior, emotions, body language, or communication skills. The horse offers an efficient and unusual way to catalyze insights and change within the clients.
Evolutionarily speaking horses are prey animals, meaning they are hunted and killed by other animals (the predators) for food. They live in small groups, called herds, in a highly social structure where each horse has its specific rank and task. Within their herd, the horses need to rely on each other for survival. Being a prey animal, horses are very sensitive and constantly need to be aware of their surroundings, such as any potential danger or approaching predator, as well as the other herd members. Their main method of communication is through body language, energy, and emotions. Unlike us humans, they cannot communicate through words which makes them naturally well versed in regards to body language, as it is their main way to ensure survival. All these qualities make them perfect partners for coaching as they instantly pick up on clients’ energy, body language, demeanor, and subconscious behavioral patterns.