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On their way to becoming coaches, our horses advance

to a level of refinement where aids and cues move from physical to energetic. Imagine what it would be like to move a horse by simply bringing up your energy in your own body! By working with Fergie and Tibor in this way we have gotten to a point in our riding where they will respond to the mere thought of a movement. I believe that many top riders have this with their horses, however it can be difficult to teach to an amateur rider that does not have the luxury of time in the saddle. If they can start to feel that connection on the ground then they can start to incorporate it under saddle.


Equine Assisted Coaching

Equine Assisted Coaching is about personal development. It is about creating the place for people to explore their patterns with themselves and in relationships and how these patterns are impacting their lives. Why horses? Horses are the ultimate coaches in human

development. Because they are preyed upon in nature, these sensitive, mindful creatures have maintained a highly developed ability to respond to their environment. Subtle changes and nuances that we may not be aware of can provoke behaviors in them that give us information about ourselves. Their immediate feedback to our interactions with them helps us identify behaviors of our own that impact our lives, relationships and careers in a negative way or keep us from moving forward. How does this work? The heart’s electromagnetic field is 5,000 times greater than the brain’s. This means that we are interacting with our environment emotionally before our brain can rationalize this. Horses, with their sophisticated sensory systems, connect with us within this electromagnetic field and, through their feedback to what they sense, make conscious what is unconscious, or below the surface for us. Because horses reveal to us things we human coaches

can’t see, the benefits to the client in working with an equine coach are several. Here are a few: • Become aware of patterns of behavior that are working for and against us so we can take more powerful action in our lives

• Helps develop what Equine Alchemy calls energetic agility, or being fully present, enabling you to see more that just the physical. This means having the ability to move with the emotions and energy of any situation— responding to life’s interactions vs. reacting to them.

• Learn how to engage in your life from the head, the heart and the gut

• Be more fully present in your relationships and interactions in your life

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“Their immediate feedback to our interactions with them helps us identify behaviors of our own that impact our lives,

relationships and careers ...”

As demonstrated with Tibor and Fergie, not all horses

are in the right state to do this work when they first came to us. Using Johanna’s four step holistic approach of developing them for equine coaching, we worked to get them to a point where they could become coaching partners in Equine Facilitated Coaching. This included: • A horse that is fully present, not dissociated, and safe to work with

• Having a clear understanding of their innate characteristics along with their man made ones and how to relate to them from that place

• A relationship built upon trust and respect • Being able to work with humans on an energetic level—no tools, at liberty.


n LISA MURRELL is an ICF certified coach, Advanced Epona Instructor and author of Inspiring

Real Change; Using Systemic Experiential Learning to Develop Systems, Organizations, Teams

and Individuals. Co-founder of MetaSystem Consulting Group, ( and founder of Equine Alchemy, (equinealchemy. com). Lisa is the creator of the cutting edge Coaching and Equine Assisted Coaching Coach Training Programs.

n JOHANNA HUSTA is a professional dressage trainer who started her riding career at the age of five in the hunters and jumpers. She has 15 years experience as a technical lead position in a large corporation before chronic Lyme disease ended her career and put her on a path to follow her passion and develop her gifts for working with horses. She is the creator of ‘Elemental Dressage,’ a holistic approach to training and riding for optimal performance. 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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