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Equine Alchemy:

How Equine Coaching Enhances Performance

By Lisa Murrell and Johanna Husta

Life and Business Coaching is a method of directing, instructing and training a person or group of people, to achieve some goal or develop specific skills. There are many ways to coach, types of coaching and methods to coaching. Coaching may include seminars, workshops, supervised practice and even horses coaching humans.

its coaching methodologies three years ago to include Equine Assisted Coaching. Coaching with horses is similar to ‘traditional’ coaching as defined above; however, horses become a kind of co-coach in the process. Horses are consummate facilitators in the work of human development in their

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Johanna and Fergie.

natural state, demonstrated by their powerful roles in equine assisted therapy. However, as a result of their past relationships with humans they aren’t always ready to help humans in any way, therapeutically or in a coaching role when they come to us. Doing the intense work of Equine Assisted Coaching

requires a fully aware horse; one that hasn’t ‘checked out’ or one that is extremely defensive. Therefore, when we began Equine Alchemy, the expansion of MCG to include personal and professional development coaching through work with horses, we knew we had to have the right herd. So we, being Johanna Husta, a professional dressage trainer, and Lisa Murrell, an International Coach Federation coach and amateur adult jumper, began the process of transforming our own high performance horses into equine coaches. While our Equine Alchemy herd has proved to be excellent coaches, we didn’t expect the added benefit of enhanced performance. How does becoming an Equine Assisted Coach enhance

performance? The foundation of the process is working holistically with the horses. We have broken it down into four phases. We will tell you the story of how we applied this process to Fergie, a ten year old Dutch Warmblood third level dressage

mare and Tibor, a nine year old Dutch Warmblood gelding jumper. Since Johanna is our resident equine expert, she’ll be telling most of the story.

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n the fast growing field of personal and professional development our equine friends have found themselves with a new job. MetaSystem Consulting Group (MCG), a corporate coaching and consulting firm in New York and Paris, expanded Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90
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