Why Horses Make Good Coaches

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Why Horses Make Good Coaches

I had a call this afternoon that gave me the opportunity to share some stories of how Annie, my Arabian mare, helps people see, feel, let go, receive, find answers and move forward. Really? You might be thinking. Yes. And I say that with confidence as someone who has experienced and witnessed what coaching with horses can do for us two-leggeds.

Here’s a simple explanation on a complex topic.

Horses are sentient beings. Their energy bubbles are permeable which means they sense the energy around them.

Our emotions are energy.

When we are with a horse, they sense what we feel. And they respond without judgement.

This makes them good coaches.

In our culture, I think it is safe to say that we have done a good job of closing up our bubbles. As a result, we are missing out on a lot of information to help us live a full and meaningful life. And we are missing out on information to help us truly lead.

We are a thinking culture of energetic, emotional beings. Too often, we do not access the wisdom of our minds AND our hearts.

What would happen if we did? What impact could we have? What could we achieve? How would our relationships be different? How much more would we love ourselves and our life?

I believe that horses have a lot to teach us about understanding ourselves. And they are not concerned if we are angry, sad, frustrated, happy or at peace. They get concerned when we are incongruent, when our face, our tone, our body language doesn’t match what we are feeling inside. They wonder whether or not we can be trusted.

How many times do the humans around us pick up on our incongruence? And what impact does that have? At work? In our families? In our communities?

Horses are always present and in the present. What they expect from us is to be present with them. And when we are, they can teach us in ways that can be hard to explain.

And this, from someone who lived in her head, who wrote and delivered strategy at an executive level. Someone who led teams. Someone who worked to shift corporate culture. Someone who believes that everyone has something to contribute. And that those in leadership roles are held to a higher standard.

After a self-coaching session with Annie a few months ago, I was sitting in the round pen writing in my journal while she walked around me and grazed. Whether you believe it or not, this is what came through as I wrote. I felt it in my soul as my pen moved across the page. I believe that it came from her as I found her walking towards me as I wrote and as I finished, her head was beside mine.

And it is in the depths of your soul that you feel.

And I will help you go there, to feel and see the richness that is there.

And it doesn’t have to be scary.

Sense. Think. Choose. And go back to grazing.

If this strikes a cord or makes you curious, please reach out. I am in the process of re-branding and updating my website. So if we are not already connected, please send me a note through my website to start a conversation.

My herd and I look forward to partnering with you @ Red Chair Ranch, where our vision is a connected world of courageous people who live intentionally from the head and the heart.


5 Responses

  1. Dan Holden says:

    Lovely writing, Shannon. More please!

  2. Nan Newton says:

    Ahhh… this is so wise and true. I, who also live with a horse herd, resonate with what you write here.
    My horses would too. Thank you, Shannon, for your and Annie’s inspiration and wisdom.

  3. I have tears in my eyes reading this Shannon. Your words (and Annie’s) go right into my heart. Thank you

  4. Dee Howe says:

    What a wonderful message to bring the shared experience of horse and human to others, especially those who have not had one before:)

    I Love It ❤️

  5. Jayme Hardyman says:

    Perfect!! Well said!

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