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Free Rein Australia<br />Partnering with horses in the service of human development<br />Free Rein Australia<br />Free Rei...
For Leadership Development<br />For Team Development<br />We work with horses as co-facilitators<br />For Personal Develop...
What Equine Facilitated Learning is NOT!<br />NOT about teaching horsemanship techniques<br />NOT about riding<br />
How does it work?<br />
Participants are invited to do an activity with the horses<br />Parameters are set<br />…such as no touching horses and no...
Participants are encouraged to get creative and utilise other ‘resources’ for accomplishing the task<br />
Debrief after each activity<br />Facilitators lead discussions that help participants reflect on their experience to:<br /...
draw meaning
see parallels elsewhere in their lives</li></li></ul><li>Why horses?<br />
They retain their wild instincts<br />Despite breeding for colour, speed, size, conformation… horses have the same instinc...
They are herd animals<br />They live ‘in community’ where everyone matters. They each have a role that contributes to the ...
What this means…<br />When a ‘human herd’ interacts with them, they expect the same level of coherence and harmony, and wa...
They dislike violence and seek peaceful solutions<br />Violence distracts them from being alert to the environment and cou...
What this means…<br />They will let us know that they don’t like any form of aggression, dominance, force, lack of respect...
They seek leadership<br />Their safety is dependent on having a competent, trust-worthy leader.  <br />
What this means…<br />They need to know who we are – does our outer expression match our inner thoughts; are we clear and ...
They have enhanced sensitivity to inconspicuous body language<br />In the late 1800’s a horse named Clever Hans captivated...
What this means…<br />They see us for who we are …<br />
They are curious<br />The way they learn about us and their environment is through curiosity.<br />
They mirror<br />Like us, horses have mirror neurons that cause them to reflect our behaviours.  <br />
What this means…<br />We have the opportunity to see ourbehaviours reflected back at us<br />
They don’t judge<br />They give us immediate,  honest feedback without filters<br />
What this means…<br />We can practice new behaviours without consequences<br />
Our experience with the horses stays with us long after we’ve left them<br />
What can we learn from horses?<br />
As leaders we learn<br />To influence others, adapt to change, meet challenge with confidence and dignity<br />
As members of a team we learn<br />To work in harmony, embrace diversity, build trust and increase creativity<br />
As individuals we learn<br />To live with purposeand clarity<br />
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Partnering with horses for human development

  1. 1. Free Rein Australia<br />Partnering with horses in the service of human development<br />Free Rein Australia<br />Free Rein Australia<br />Equine Facilitated Learning<br />www.freereinaustralia.com<br />
  2. 2. For Leadership Development<br />For Team Development<br />We work with horses as co-facilitators<br />For Personal Development<br />For Individual Coaching<br />
  3. 3. What Equine Facilitated Learning is NOT!<br />NOT about teaching horsemanship techniques<br />NOT about riding<br />
  4. 4. How does it work?<br />
  5. 5. Participants are invited to do an activity with the horses<br />Parameters are set<br />…such as no touching horses and no verbal communication<br />
  6. 6. Participants are encouraged to get creative and utilise other ‘resources’ for accomplishing the task<br />
  7. 7. Debrief after each activity<br />Facilitators lead discussions that help participants reflect on their experience to:<br /><ul><li>reveal individual insights
  8. 8. draw meaning
  9. 9. see parallels elsewhere in their lives</li></li></ul><li>Why horses?<br />
  10. 10. They retain their wild instincts<br />Despite breeding for colour, speed, size, conformation… horses have the same instincts and behaviours as their wild ancestors<br />
  11. 11. They are herd animals<br />They live ‘in community’ where everyone matters. They each have a role that contributes to the safety and well-being of the herd. <br />
  12. 12. What this means…<br />When a ‘human herd’ interacts with them, they expect the same level of coherence and harmony, and want to be part of our ‘herd’<br />
  13. 13. They dislike violence and seek peaceful solutions<br />Violence distracts them from being alert to the environment and could render them injured and easy prey.<br />
  14. 14. What this means…<br />They will let us know that they don’t like any form of aggression, dominance, force, lack of respect… <br />
  15. 15. They seek leadership<br />Their safety is dependent on having a competent, trust-worthy leader. <br />
  16. 16. What this means…<br />They need to know who we are – does our outer expression match our inner thoughts; are we clear and consistent; are we present and aware?<br />
  17. 17. They have enhanced sensitivity to inconspicuous body language<br />In the late 1800’s a horse named Clever Hans captivated the world because he could answer mathematical questions correctly – he was reading his owner’s unintentional body language<br />
  18. 18. What this means…<br />They see us for who we are …<br />
  19. 19. They are curious<br />The way they learn about us and their environment is through curiosity.<br />
  20. 20. They mirror<br />Like us, horses have mirror neurons that cause them to reflect our behaviours. <br />
  21. 21. What this means…<br />We have the opportunity to see ourbehaviours reflected back at us<br />
  22. 22. They don’t judge<br />They give us immediate, honest feedback without filters<br />
  23. 23. What this means…<br />We can practice new behaviours without consequences<br />
  24. 24. Our experience with the horses stays with us long after we’ve left them<br />
  25. 25. What can we learn from horses?<br />
  26. 26. As leaders we learn<br />To influence others, adapt to change, meet challenge with confidence and dignity<br />
  27. 27. As members of a team we learn<br />To work in harmony, embrace diversity, build trust and increase creativity<br />
  28. 28. As individuals we learn<br />To live with purposeand clarity<br />
  29. 29. Free Rein Australia<br />Partnering with horses in the service of human development<br />Free Rein Australia<br />Free Rein Australia<br />Equine Facilitated Learning<br />www.freereinaustralia.com<br />

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