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."
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.)
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
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”
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
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
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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