Spend Time Around Horses To See Integrity In Action
How aware are you at any given moment? Are you aware of being aware? If you are, then you may be one of the rare humans who live ‘in the moment.’ Being ‘in the moment’ with people and actively listening is a key leadership skill.
If you are not sure whether or not you are aware, chances are you’re not. If you are in a leadership position, you may wonder why your team is not responsive or is consistently performing subpar.
Working with horses in an Equine Facilitated Learning environment can help you become aware of the inconsistency of your thoughts and behaviors. Horses always live in the moment. They have to. They are prey animals and are continually aware of what’s going on in their environment. They don’t post-rationalize situations and because they don’t distinguish their emotions from their behavior, you can tell exactly how they are feeling at any given moment. This allows horses, through facilitators, to provide instant feedback to human behaviors and emotions.
One of the key learnings people report from working with horses is how powerful it is be fully present and totally attentive to another being. Many people tend to spend most of their time worrying about what happened in the past and planning what will happen in the future. And they do this unconsciously. As a result, a majority of people are not really present in the here and now when they interact with others.
To horses, consistency of feeling and behavior is the same as integrity. This kind of consistency is how trust is built in the world of humans too. People want to know where they stand and what a likely response will be in any given situation. In order to achieve this kind of consistency, it’s important to use all of one’s self, not just the ears to listen. Horses use every part of their bodies and emotional capacity. Just spend some time with horses to see and learn about integrity in action.
If you would like to further explore how horses can help create more effective teams and leaders, our team at Medicine Horse Ranch designs custom equine-guided experiential programs for specific groups, businesses and organizations around any number of relevant issues and/or topics