Adjunct Services
for Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)


SROH Round-Up Interview Workshop:
Accepting a New Member into the Corporate Herd

As human beings we have a unique ability to say one thing with our mouths and something completely different with our body ~ Ariana Strozzi, The Strozzi Institute


Think you have found the perfect executive? Resume looks great, but will they be a fit in your corporate family? Down to your final candidates, how do you decide?

While the interview process is very involved and well-planned, no matter how considerate and insightful questions may be - they are still just questions. High level candidates can be expert interviewees and can prepare rehearsed answers to potential questions that may not reveal their true values. Equine Assisted Learning is a powerful assessment to navigate discrepancies and inconsistencies between what a candidate says they would do and what they actually believe they will do.

According to the best-selling author Jim Collins, in his book Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't - he outlines how important it is to not only have the right people on the bus, but that they sit in the right seat in order to maximize each members full potential for the ultimate creativity and productivity of the company.

At Spring Reins of Hope we work with your human resources department to develop a score card based on values and key-indicators to observe and rate during the experiential equine assisted learning interview. We realize that it is vital to match our corporate values and culture with the right people in your organization. We invite you to listen, watch, and take note of how potential employees interact with the horses.

The horses are easily able to pick up on truth of intent and congruence and can provide that extra layer of information that may be the critical deciding factor by exposing what really matters to the candidate(s). Imagine you are down to your final three candidates and everything on paper and in the initial interviews are basically equal. Enlisting the help of the horses can make your choice an obvious one. For example, when candidates are asked to lead the horse down to a cone marker and back - candidates will approach a simple activity such as this in different ways and this can be very revealing into management and leadership styles, anger and frustration management, taking directives, stress coping skills, delegation skills, etc.

We welcome your HR team and/or management team to be present at the Round-Up Interview workshop, and can accommodate however many candidate(s) you have under consideration (maximum of (3) per one hour session). We also can provide videotape and written assessment if you cannot or would prefer not to be present.

OUTCOMES:

  • Cost-effective. By hiring the right people the first time around can save huge amounts of money, time and productivity
  • Evaluation of individuals relational and interpersonal skills
  • Assessment of leadership styles and beliefs
  • Identify if personal values are a fit with organizational values
  • Utilizing the horses keen perception of honesty in body language to provide that extra layer of assurance and information to guide your final decision
In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities; integrity, intelligence and energy. And if you don't get the first, the other two will kill you. ~ Warren Buffet, CEO Berkshire Hathaway

SROH Career Reinvention Workshop:

If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life ~ Confucius

In recent times with the recession and economic setbacks resulting in massive job layoffs, many people are faced with the decision of starting a new career. Some folks are taking this opportunity to re-examine their interests, passions, and asking the question "what did I really want to be when I grew up"?

If faced with the involuntary job loss this may be the perfect timing to explore matching a career with your passionate purpose. This workshop can be equally beneficial to empty nesters, mid-life career change, stay-at-home parents, senior citizens and individuals with a previous work related disability looking for a new path.

The horses allow us to explore a space where, as adults, we are invited to play with the horses and re-visit the childlike innocence of what makes us feel happy. In this zone, we are able to honor our inner light or beacon that will direct us ---remembering why we love what we love. Sometimes all that is necessary is to quiet the internal mind chatter and worry, which can create such static noise that it makes it hard to hear or listen to your heart.

As horses are social animals with no ulterior motives and exist within that child-like innocence they give us great examples on how to act out the purity of our desires. For example, if a horse feels like running - it runs, if it is not comfortable in the presence of another horse or person - it moves away. There is no judgment attached to these actions, "they just are" and the horses are okay with that. They serve as the example that inspires us to accept our own desires without hesitation or second guessing.

OUTCOMES:

  • Identify ambivalence to change
  • Cultivate creative thinking
  • Find honesty in self-exploration
  • Insight into managing obstacles and achievement of goals
  • Identifying actions/thoughts that create unnecessary blocks
  • Coping with uncertainty
  • Developing trust, commitment and belief in your deep desires
To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must truthful. ~ Edward R. Murrow

SROH Performance / Presentation Workshop:

The horses will help participants find their voice and authenticity behind the spoken words. Most often, in business meetings, presentations, negotiations, and public speaking situations we only have minutes to establish that memorable and lasting "first impression." If performance anxiety is an issue, working with horses is an interactive way to identify and overcome specific challenges or obstacles in getting your point across in a way that communicates to your audience truth and authenticity (ie: creating the desire for them to want to listen and become a captive audience). Incongruence and lack of sincerity or commitment has the potential to alienate your audience and prevent them from connecting or hearing your message...leaving you feeling un-"herd".

One example of an exercise that we use for this workshop is to have participants attempt to garner the attention of their audience, in this case horses, without the use of words. Participants would have to rely solely on getting their equine listeners to "tune in" simply by focusing on proximity, posturing, breathing, rhythmic movements, visual focus, and intent. Once participants realize that this is actually possible, they learn the importance of having physical presence and that if they start out by feeling at home in their "presence" then it become much easier to add on the word and verbal messages. Oddly enough, when we then ask the group to establish physical presence first and then deliver any verbal speech or message to the horses, we find that they pay attention to the speaker even though they cannot speak the language. Not to mention that it's a confidence builder to practice your presentation in front of the horses before doing it in public. The horses can demonstrate "boredom" just like people can, so if the horses are engaged - chances are your human audience will be also.

Workshops can be customized for your group or also scheduled as a private workshop. This workshop is ideal for corporate, performers, public speakers, presenters, athletes, and students. Please contact us for additional information.

What convinces is conviction. Believe in the argument you are advancing. If you don't you're as good as dead. The other person will sense that something isn't right, and no chain of reasoning, no matter how logical or elegant or brilliant, will win your case for you. ~ President Lyndon B. Johnson

SROH "Know Thyself" Lab Session Workshop:

All Equine Assisted Learning workshops at Spring Reins of Hope offer an opportunity to learn more about how your body is "giving you away" to the horses. More often than not, individuals are disconnected from their bodies and unaware of the signals they are communicating non-verbally. Spring Reins of Hope offers a psychophsiological component meant as yet an additional layer to "Know Thyself" - for it was the Greek philosopher, Socrates, who coined the term to emphasize the growth in committing to knowing oneself.

While horses are natures premier somatic thermostats we can offer concrete feedback, anchored on scientific measures, on the importance of self-regulation and its effects on the horse and relationships. The biofeedback assessment gives the participant a sneak peek of what the horses may present for them. Oftentimes, this preliminary information can help participants consider new choices for old habits. These lab sessions are meant to provide additional insight about one's physiological response to stimuli and introduce effective techniques that can help you prepare to interact with our 4 legged teachers. Sessions can be arranged as a group experience or customized for each individual within the group. The "Know Thyself" lab session is available as an additional component to all EAL workshops at Spring Reins of Hope, and is also the base for one of our corporate training workshops, Hidden Tails.

All lab sessions must be scheduled in advance due to the fact that we are using scientific machinery / equipment and must allow appropriate time for that. These sessions will employ biofeedback equipment assessing somatic markers such as heart rate, muscle tension, skin temperature, skin conductance, heart rate variability (marker of autonomic nervous system function), and respiratory measures. Biofeedback techniques will be employed pending a psychophysiological assessment.

SROH - Horse Sense Workshop:

Adjunct Horsemanship Class

Post completing other EAL workshop(s)

After completing any Equine Assisted Learning workshop at Spring Reins of Hope, we offer on a case by case basis more advanced training opportunities for clients who wish to deepen their relationship with the horses. Basic horsemanship and equine communication skills are taught and incorporated into activities that include grooming, in-hand work, mounted work and general horse care. Group activities are possible based on the demand at the time. Private Sessions are by appointment only.

Additionally, if after completing the Horse Sense workshop(s) you would like to learn a riding discipline, we have access to and relationships with some incredible horse professionals and instructors - working student or apprenticeship programs can be arranged on your behalf. Please inquire with us if you are interested in learning more.