Horses naturally form social groups and look towards leaders to help them feel safe. They seek four qualities in a leader – command, control, compassion and communication. As humans and horses come together, people can develop these qualities and practice stepping into a leadership role.
Equine based group work draws on this phenomenon and facilitates emotional awareness through the participant’s connection to self and others. The group work environment provides instant feedback from other participants and the behaviour of horses so that individuals develop both social and emotional intelligence competencies.
The relationship between emotional and social intelligence and high performance in teams is well established (Goleman 2001; Druskat & Wolfe 2001). But there is also a growing body of evidence that this can be achieved very effectively with equine based approaches (Dyk 2012). The sessions take place in an open, natural environment that stimulates more brain activity through multi-sensory, experiential learning allowing for a more powerful and memorable experience than traditional based training or therapy.
EBEAT team strengthening courses and group activities are effective and a whole lot of fun!