On facilitation of development programmes with horses and lessons from horse-trainers

HORSE

AS A

TRAINER

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HORSE AS A TRAINER

On facilitation of development programmes with horses and lessons from horse-trainers

Horse trainer is a horse which was given the ability to influence people. To influence the way people think and live. Agata Wiatrowska has been conducting development programmes with horses for years. In this space horses reveal their long-known abilities: their extraordinary sensitivity to communication and the slightest changes in approach, ability to forgive, to balance energy or contact.


Agata Wiatrowska introduced this method to Polish public in 2006 and since then she continues to discover secrets of mentors based all around the world: Karin and Gerhard Krebs from Germany, David Harris from United Kingdom, June Guenter from USA, Jackie and Herb Stevennson from USA, Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling from Denmark. She directed programmes in tens of different places in Poland as well as around the world with help of hundreds of horses. She co-creates European Association of Horse Assisted Education and the HorseDream chain. .


During first years of work, her programmes would go through constant transformations related to understanding her own thoughts but also related to understanding the exact role of horses in development.


This book is a collection of her experiences. "In first chapters I introduce readers to the role of horses and what does being a horse trainer exactly mean. Next chapters take the reader on a journey of seeking the contact with yourself through contact with a horse and describe lessons from horse-trainers experienced by previous participants. The last part describes the role of a facilitator who creates development space for people in which horses are trainers."

INSIDE

Like Agata, I am a seasoned consultant and Equine Assisted Education practitioner. And I can be hard to impress. Upon first meeting Agata, I found her combination of humility, power and passion intoxicating. She cares deeply about her clients, her horses and her ‘cause’—working tirelessly to help people remove their masks, find the courage to face their own truths, and show up with integrity. In reading through the chapters of “Horse as Trainer”, I felt the depth of her knowledge and experience so keenly that it led me to question my own approach to working with horses. The examples she shares so vividly make crystal clear her key points. The research she has done to validate the work is thorough, and the results are inarguable. There are many people out there who go through the motions of conducting horse assisted education sessions, but few are able to attain her level of expertise. Anyone engaged in this work should make it their business to read this book, and if the opportunity arises, meet her face to face!

Nikki L. Kagan, Principal, Kagan Management Resources, Tel Aviv, Israel (formerly of the U.S.)

Preface


1. HORSE AS A TRAINER

Horse Assisted Education - Development programmes with horses

The limbic system and experiential learning

History of Horse Assisted Education in Poland and worldwide

Not every horse is a trainer

Horse-trainers - horses with space for showing their horsenality

Preparing horse-trainers

Unwritten agreement concluded with a horse

Stable with biospace

Horse as a symbol


2. CONTACT WITH THE HORSE THROUGH CONTACT WITH YOURSELF

To see a horse

Horse agreement without violence

Assumptions, thought and emotional patterns

Being “here and now”

Heart coherence

Controlling life/horse and controlling yourself


3. LESSONS FROM HORSE-TRAINERS

Authenticity Proactivity, inner control, personal freedom

Everyone has their own truth

Voluntarily stepping out of your comfort zone

Balance between inner and outer world

Boundaries, positive strength and defense from the use of homeopathic violence

(UN)usual leadership


4. FACILITATING

What is facilitation?

Development process during Horse Assisted Education

Characteristics of educational situation during HorseAssisted Education

Facilitator – from authenticity to tools

General rules of Horse Assisted Education facilitation

„Less” is „more”

Adapting the “I don’t know” field

Learning through experience

There is no “right” or “wrong”

Map is not the territory

Trusting the process

Your own pace

TABLE OF CONTENTS

HORSE AS A TRAINER

My name is Agata Wiatrowska. I’ve been the president of HorseSense centre for 12 years. In my facility people have the opportunity to develop themselves through contact with horses. Horses have been and still are the meaning of my life and my calling. In my life I’ve done many horse-related things: I was a horse riding instructor, I had my own stable and raised 3 foals, for 3 years I’ve been the groom of horses of World Champion Christoph Sandmann. I’ve met my closest friends thanks to horses.


In 2006, thanks to Gerhard and Karin Krebs from Horse Dream, I discovered the possibility of human development through contact with horses and fascinated by this approach I introduced Horse Assisted Education to Polish public (more on this subject on my page www.horsesense.pl).


It was a turning point in my approach to horses and my ability to communicate with them. The beginning of understanding humans and what they need in order to develop. Online courses are an addition of my everyday workshop practices and opportunity for people to start their own transformating process.

FROM THE AUTHOR

HORSE AS A TRAINER
An opening perspective on relations between horses and people

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