Developing relationship qualities
Today’s social and economic context is highly demanding for people and organisations. Stakes and strategies are changing rapidly. We are facing a complex reality, where one of the recognised parameters is the deterioration in hierarchical and cross-functional relations. Many are up against the limits of an approach that is too rational, planned. To provide a new direction and release energy, it is necessary to develop other additional human qualities, in particular relationship qualities.
Work on non-verbal communication
Cooperation and obedience are not spontaneous behaviours in horses towards humans. With a horse, a person will have to use their non-verbal communication skills appropriately to create a winning horse/person team. In humans, non verbal communication represents more than 85% of communication as a whole. It includes physical posture, expression, breathing, rhythm and intonation of expression, heart beat, etc.
Horses don’t “lie”
Thanks to language, humans have the unhappy privilege of being able to lie about their emotions, sometimes even to lie to themselves, as a means of defence to cope with situations (traumatising, etc.). They can even cut themselves off from all emotion. The person-to-horse relationship can reconnect people with emotions their conscience could no longer access. The horse’s brain records the slightest modification in our organism (breathing, heart rate, muscular tension, etc. and our deeply buried emotions). If the horse detects an inconsistency in our approach, it will let us know by refusing to participate or by turning its back.
Horses don’t “judge”
The person-to-horse relationship is one without judgement. The horse does not make a judgement, only an evaluation. It chooses whether or not to place its trust in you from the start.
Think “horse”, or putting yourself in someone else’s shoes
To obtain a result without resistance, and that is fast, effective and harmonious, humans must cultivate interdependence and need to adapt to the horse’s frame of reference and world in its methods of exchange (place, travel, movement, rhythm, absence of interfering emotions…). The person learns to “think horse”.