Thanks to their natural ability to sense a person’s energy and intentions, horses make wonderful coaches in interpersonal communication.
Imagine your goal is to ask a horse to follow you. As you step towards him, he turns and walks the other
way. Why? Did you approach too quickly? Were you holding your breath? Perhaps the horse just sensed something “sneaky” was going on and opted to stay at a safe distance while gathering more information. Very interesting feedback!
In the above example, the horse freely provided a coaching moment when he turned away. There was no judgment, just information about your approach, and an opportunity to try again.
Practicing with a horse is a safe, nonjudgmental, and fun way to get comfortable with receiving feedback.