I remember the day I announced I was going to add horses to my life coaching business. At that time it was a relatively unknown field, so I did a lot of explaining about what that meant and why I thought it was a good thing. Some rolled their eyes at this horse crazy girl and others were curious.
Today Equine Assisted Coaching (EAC) is a rapidly growing field making an impact in many people's lives.
What exactly is Equine Assisted Coaching? Who Becomes an Equine Assisted Coach? And, why would you want to bring horses and your clients together?
Equine Assisted Coaching is a type of coaching where a coach partners with a horse to help clients learn and grow. It might be a single horse or a whole herd of horses! The session itself is often done on the ground, no riding or extensive horse experience is necessary for the client or the coach. However, it's not limited to ground work, clients might also ride the horse.
This is a relatively new field, but it is quickly gaining popularity. There are a number of reasons for this, including:
Horses are highly sensitive animals. They pick up on our emotions and body language, which helps us see ourselves more clearly.
Horses are non-judgmental and accepting. This creates a safe and supportive space for us to explore our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
EAC is very versatile in it's application. It can be used to address a wide range of issues. It can be used for personal growth, relationships, career, mental health, and physical health.
EAC is a holistic approach. It takes into account our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.
EAC is a powerful tool for change. It can help us to make lasting changes in our lives.
If you're a life coach or in the mental health field, there are a number of reasons why you'd consider becoming an equine assisted coach. EAC offers a number of benefits for your clients, including:
Increased self-awareness: Working with horses, who often act as mirrors for ourselves, helps clients become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This can be a powerful tool for personal growth and change.
Developing new skills: EAC provides the means and opportunities for your clients to develop new skills, such as communication, problem-solving, and conflict resolution. Horses don't speak English or other languages, so other forms of communication and connection are required. These skills can be applied to all areas of their life.
Build confidence: This is an experiential experience through which people build confidence and self-esteem, leading to a more fulfilling and successful life.
Creating positive change: EAC helps your clients create positive change in their life. This may include making changes to their relationships, career, or health, to name just a few.
In addition to the benefits for your clients, there are also a number of benefits for you as a coach. Becoming an Equine Assisted Coach can help you:
Expand your coaching toolbox: This field of coaching offers a unique and powerful set of tools that you can use to help your clients.
Deepen your connection with your clients: EAC can help you build a deeper connection with your clients, which can lead to more effective coaching.
Increase your own self-awareness: You become more aware of your own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors working with horses. This can be a powerful tool for your own personal growth and development.
Experience the healing power of horses: Horses are amazing creatures that can offer a deep sense of healing, transformation and connection. Experiencing their healing power for yourself can help you to be more effective in helping your clients.
If we've peaked your curiosity we invite you to contact us. We'd enjoy learning more about what you do and can share with you the impact equine assisted coaching has made for our clients, our business and us personally. We would be happy to answer any questions you have and to help you get started.