The Horseman Leadership Program is based in Pretoria East, Gauteng, South Africa.
This program is exceptional in the sense that it uses human and equine (horse) interaction to demonstrate leadership competencies and development opportunities for growth.
The obvious breakdown:
Leadership: (from old English) “To show the way, guide, cause to go with one, to have the quality of...”
Horse: The ancient archetype of strength, courage, dignity, power, honour, beauty, endurance, resilience, mystery and integrity.
Horses are extremely canny herd animals that only respond to good leadership and instinctively challenge leadership competencies. They don’t have a personal agenda. They just respond to who and how you are at any moment. Horses are intuitive and heavily reliant on their highly tuned instincts to survive. In order to survive they have to be masters of the skills you want to develop. The remarkable thing is they can teach us these skills in an easy, enjoyable yet profound way.
Horse herds comprise of different roles for individuals that make up the heard dynamic as it relates to their social structure. The roles of the lead-mare group the responsibilities towards the foals, young mares, young horses and the leader stallion's relationships. This scenario creates an ideal analogy of human grouping structures and behaviour. This social structure is designed to ensure the survival of the ‘herd’ that will automatically lead to the welfare of its members.
Horses pay attention to what is happening to themselves and others in the moment, they have flexible leadership skills to suit the environment and do not play politics. In a remarkable way they give direct, clean and timely feedback on how people are performing. Their feedback ensures participants learn very quickly and accurately. In effect each participant receives a bespoke training – providing learning opportunities completely relevant to them right now. The horses through their communication with participants create a space for profound and sustainable learning.
Our focus points for participants are:
What if some of the participants are scared of horses?
It is not unusual for many of the participants to be anxious or scared when it comes to working with horses. We do have experienced guided supervision at all times and help participants to understand a horse and their nature better in a safe manner. We also teach the participants to gain confidence, power and to create a connection when around the horse. This in itself stretches leadership capabilities.
No horse experience is necessary to part take in the program. Safety measures are carefully reviewed for each program. We concentrate on both the human and the horse and our aim is to generate a successful out bring on both the human and horse.
We strive to let the human and horse finish the program without using force. All work is done from the ground, thus no riding of horses.
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We have partnered with Rise Against Hunger and for every 10 people booked on our program we support one child for a full year. Please visit their webpage to see what they are about and to get involved.