Women’s Equine Assisted Coaching
Hanaeleh is pleased to announce our Certified Equine Coaching programs that are available to the public. These programs are specifically tailored to work with different community groups. Hanaeleh offers EAC programs for women, teachers and young adults.
What is Equine Assisted Coaching?
Equine Assisted Coaching is one of many different types of equine-assisted work that help individuals work through circumstances that are hindering their growth. EAC can help people establish healthy relationships and boundaries in addition to improving leadership skills and self-esteem. EAC can also help people reflect back on previous life experiences that are preventing them from moving forward in either their personal or professional career. Equine Assisted Coaching allows individuals to build healthy, authentic relationships at home, work and school through meaningful engagement with horses.
Hanaeleh’s EAC program is unique because we are also a horse rescue. Just as individuals come to us with their own personal stories, so do our horses. Pairing people with horses who have their own life experiences allows a unique bond and opportunity for growth for both the people receiving the coaching and the horses they are working with. Horses do not judge individuals, and they have no agenda. They are large, powerful animals, but they are also prey animals, and trust with a horse must be earned; they are honest, mirror our body language and act accordingly.
EAC work can allow individuals to take steps forward in areas needing growth much more quickly than in using more traditional methods. After each session with the horses, individuals are encouraged to transfer the experiences they’ve had with the horses into their personal and professional lives.
Our EAC program is based on several different methods of working with horses in their natural state. Our goal is to teach people how to build authentic and healthy relationships with horses and then take their experiences and use them in all aspects of their lives.
Equine Assisted Coaching transforms the human heart and spirit. Horses are very “present” beings, meaning that they do not focus so much on the past or the future, but live in the moment. They are the perfect animal to help leaders develop presence, self-confidence and awareness.
- Three Week Sessions
- 2 1/2 hours Per Session
- 3-5 Individuals Per Session
Hanaeleh’s EAC program is based on several different methods of working with horses in their natural state. Our goal is to teach people how to build authentic and healthy relationships with horses and then take their experiences and use them in all aspects of their lives.
Horses train each other to fit in socially within the herd and how to keep a position of respect with one another in their everyday relationships. The goal of the EAC program is to use the lessons that allow horses to live peacefully together to teach people how to build authentic and healthy relationships in their everyday lives.
Our EAC Program Focus
1. Sharing Territory
Individuals will learn what it means to share territory with one or more horses, both in the stall and in the arena. Sharing territory is just that; sharing the same space. Being in the same space is not the same thing as sharing; some people try to overpower the space, and some people try to hide within the space. The goal of this exercise is to learn how to share the space in equanimity. This may seem simplistic at first, but being able to share the same space in harmony with an 1,000 pound animal can sometimes be a daunting experience! Sharing territory supports individuals while making them more aware of how they both perceive others in a relationship, and how they are perceived themselves. This exercise helps people in building and strengthening relationships throughout their everyday lives.
2. Saying Hello
When first meeting an individual, sometimes that person can seem closed off, overly gruff, angry, or can just come on too strong. It is difficult to accurately describe these actions to another person, but as a horse is a mirror to our actions, it is immediately apparent when a person initiates a conversation with a horse. As the horse is a prey animal, he must ensure that any new relationships will not threaten his life. A person must come across as both non-threatening and genuine in order to start to gain the trust necessary to establish that first relationship. Saying hello helps to identify and teach people the skills to initiate that first step in the relationship. These skills in turn help them to start to establish trust in themselves and other fellow human beings.
3. Worthy Leadership
Worthy leadership is based upon the natural herd dynamics that exist within a band of horses. Each horse has a definite rank within the herd, and they must identify their own rank by interacting with other horses. In order to place higher up on the ranks, a horse must command the respect of the rest of the herd by being confident, intelligent and establishing trustworthiness. Horses who are too aggressive or too submissive will be pushed out of the herd. Worthy leadership teaches individuals how to establish that confidence and trustworthiness in their relationship with the horse, while still commanding respect. The exercise helps people establish respect and leadership in a positive way.
4. Working at Liberty
A horse who is “at liberty” is able to move freely in an arena without bit, bridle, halter, etc. The goal is not to control the horse in the arena, but to direct the horse by establishing a leadership position. It may seem natural for the leader to be in the front, but in reality, the alpha horses push the others where they want them to go. The horse who is in the lead is often being asked to go forward by the horse behind him. The exercise may seem simplistic at first; how difficult is it to push a horse away? The goal, however, is not merely to push the horse away, but to give the horse cues to start and to stop using just one’s body language. People who are too submissive will not be able to move the horse forward; people who are too aggressive will be able to move the horse forward, but will not get the horse to stop, or to come back. Again, the horses are mirrors of our body language, and this exercise immediately identifies to people the physical presence they are putting out to the world. This exercise helps supports individuals by giving them a visual understanding of their own presence and their own leadership skills. The exercise helps them move through relationship and confidence issues that they may be struggling in their daily life.
Where Is It?
All EAC sessions are held at Hanaeleh in Trabuco Canyon, CA. Directions will be furnished upon registration.
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