Horse assisted coaching

This week I’ve participated in a horse assisted coaching session. In this session, the horse is used as reflectional instrument. This experience was absolutely breathtaking for me. Horses are just so pure and they reflect the participant’s (unconscious) behavior in a way that cannot be denied.

So how does this work?

In their natural environment, horses live in herds and their survival depends on the actions of its leaders. Therefore, horses naturally rely on the most authentic leaders in the group and their behavior always serves the group as a whole. When working with horses in a coaching situation, the horse tries to connect with the particpant and form a group as if were a heard. If the horse experiences inconsistencies in the participants (un)counscios behavior, it will immediately show this and respond to it.

I’ve experienced this coaching session as deeply moving, intimate and sincere. It has pointed me towards qualities and competencies of myself that i’ve not discovered or recognized so far. I suspect to be remembering about this for a very long time.

More information: website Ruud Knaapen

14 Responses to “Horse assisted coaching”


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    Hi Joost,

    That sounds like a very impressive and engaging experience. Thank you for sharing this!

    Warm regards, Marcel

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