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New Corporate Meaning Of ‘Out To Pasture’ Includes Working With Horses

A fairly new trend is emerging in the corporate world – that of creating a greater sense of balance in the lives of those devoted to the corporate lifestyle. For some companies, that means getting their employees out of the office and into nature. In other words, being put out to pasture.

This term which originally referred to horses that were no longer able to work and were put out to pasture until they died morphed into meaning in more recent years ‘to force someone into retirement’. Today, however, a new meaning is emerging. Now, for some companies the phrase literally means sending employees into a pasture with a herd of horses in order to learn how to work more intuitively and efficiently together in a team environment.

Relieving Stress While Honoring Creativity And Intuition In The Work Environment

Giving employees opportunities to improve their work/life balance through programs like Horse Assisted Education (HAE) is becoming standard operating procedure for many companies who want to inspire loyalty and curb attrition. It costs more money to retrain an employee than it does to keep an existing employee happy.

According to the National Institutes of Health, “Adverse working conditions may lead to job burnout, a syndrome resulting from chronic stress at work that is characterized by overwhelming exhaustion, negative attitudes or a lack of commitment with clients and dissatisfaction with job performance. This process may lead to undesirable consequences for workers, their families, the work environment and the organizations.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5627926/

Stress blocks our intuition and creates fatigue and illness. That causes unhappiness across the board. If you would like to explore the benefits of Horse Assisted Education for your company, our team at Medicine Horse Ranch designs custom equine-guided experiential programs for specific groups, individuals, businesses and organizations around any number of relevant issues and/or topics. It would be an honor to help restore balance, happiness and greater prosperity to your company. We’d love to host your team in our pasture.