Are you a business owner, manager, or executive? Do you feel that your company or organization could benefit from learning more about how the inner dynamics and behaviors of your business? If you or your organization would like to experience the type of accelerated learning in areas of team building, leadership and relationship development, then you have come to the right place. Our Equine Assisted Learning Programs can help you quickly identify strengths, key issues, and how your company operates as a whole.
Mountain Mule Ranch Equine Facilitated Learning programs utilize the O.K. Corral Method of team building and leadership. Authentic equine-assisted work honors and integrates natural horse and herd behavior as a model for human mental and emotional health using the equine-assisted philosophies developed by Greg Kersten, Founder of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Together with your organization, we provide a dynamic process of building leadership and self-awareness skills through interactions with the equines. Managers and leaders must have a strong team with good interpersonal communication skills, as well as the ability to resolve conflicts quickly. Utilizing our program and interacting with the equines, team members are able to identify and repair maladaptive behaviors that impact trust and cooperation among the team.
WHY ARE EQUINES UNIQUE?
Equine-assisted work honors the natural behavior of equines and herds. Equines are skilled at keeping themselves safe and adept at survival; their natural behaviors are optimal for mental and physical health. In many respects, humans have lost the instinct to keep themselves safe and healthy. We entrust equines to show us the way back to health. Work and observation in the equine world lends itself to extremely powerful metaphors into our own patterns, strengths, and the nonverbal messages we send out. Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) is a field of practice based on the successes of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. We have learned that everyone can benefit from equine-assisted work – not just therapy clients. EAL uses equine-assisted principles and exercises in a variety of “arenas” from corporate retreats, to church groups, personal coaching, parenting and family dynamics and more!
Awareness of how our equine counterparts respond (physically or mentally) to pressure (physical or emotional) and pain (physical or emotional) can give us insight into our own responses. Do we know when we are feeling pressure versus pain? Do we respond appropriately and healthfully? Equines teach us how to evaluate and respond to the world around us.
Both aspects of life are essential, but not necessarily in equal parts. Equines have mastered their individual balance between time at attention, and time at-ease. We learn to identify our own needs and imbalances, as well as those of the people around us. This simple, yet profound principle teaches us to be more effective communicators, business people, friends, and human beings.
New and unknown circumstances elicit a notable response from equines. Typically physical, this response demonstrates a safe, measured, and therapeutic way for humans to confront the more fearsome aspects of life. A mental metaphor can be made to signify the physical Re-Circle Process to optimize our way of perceiving and thinking about situations we encounter every day.
Equines provide both physical and emotional metaphors into our own behavioral patterns. When do we push? When do we pull? Do we do one more than the other? When do we push and when do we pull? How does our pushing and pulling behavior affect others?
The Nonverbal Zones:
Do you know what you are saying when you aren’t saying anything? Equines make good use of their body language to convey the most basic and important messages to each other. Humans do the same. Sometimes what our mouths say is not in alignment with what our bodies say. The nonverbal zones instruct us to be more effective communicators by aligning our verbal and nonverbal messages.
Through participation in our Equine Assisted Learning leadership programs, individuals will learn to:
- Make choices and take actions based on courage and awareness
verses automatic, ‘learned’ responses.
- Develop trust in team members.
- Develop tools that will help members handle uncomfortable or emotionally
charged situations more efficiently.
- Develop conflict resolution skills.
- Overcome fears that might be limiting productivity.
- Improve productivity, develop a sense of team, and foster partnerships.
WHAT DO WE DO NEXT?
The first step is to identify you or your team’s needs and how equines can help you to accomplish the mission and vision that you have set for yourself and your organization. Call 717-473-4980 or email the office to set up a time to talk about how our equine programs can provide you and your team the relationship building and leadership skills that you need to be successful.