WHAT IS EQUINE-ASSISTED COACHING?
EXPLORE EQUINE-ASSISTED COACHING
Equine-Assisted Coaching is a collaborative, experiential training method using horses as partners for personal and professional growth and change.
The advantage of EAC is its immediacy, its client-driven nature, and the profound awareness and behavioral changes clients can experience.
STRIDE’S EQUINE-ASSISTED COACHING
WHY USE HORSES?
Horses are much like us—they live in social communities, they need leadership, they look out for the collective and individual welfare. But unlike us, they don’t operate through a cultural “filter” so they respond to us with complete honesty.
And because they’re prey animals, they’ve spent millennia honing sensitivity, alertness, and survival skills—they’re non-verbal experts and will pick up any dissonance you bring to interactions with them, even inconsistencies you’re not aware you’re expressing.
They’re also experts at responding in the moment, so you’ll get immediate feedback about whether what you’re actually saying is what you intend to say or what you think you’re communicating. Then you can try out new ways of behaving in terms of your emotional responses, attitudes, non-verbal messages, and behaviors.
You can then turn non-productive behaviors into productive ones.
NO HORSE EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED
- No riding involved.
- Activities are all done on the ground.
- You and the horses are continually monitored, so you’ll always be safe.
- The less you know about horses, the better!
BECOME AN AUTHENTIC LEADER
Through safe, fun, ground-based activities, our work is designed to foster authenticity and empowerment through development of:
- Ability to process others’s behavior in an unbiased way
- Self-managed decision making: You’ll respond, not react
- Communication Skills
We have pre-set workshops for leadership, teamwork, and communication skill building. We also offer individual coaching and workshops targeting client-defined goals.
VIRGINIA’S UNIQUE TALENT
What Virginia Brings to the Work:
A member of EAGALA and certified by the Equine Experiential Education Association, Virginia Slachman’s proprietary professional and personal growth workshops blend her work as a clinical therapist, decades as a university educator, and her unique “horse sense” to help clients reconnect with their authenticity, power, and leadership.
VIRGINIA’S “HORSE SENSE”
After working with ex-racehorses, Virginia realized their highly tuned sensitivity, intelligence, and interest in human bonding made horses reliable co-facilitators for changes in human behavior. Utilizing her extensive background working with individuals and groups, Virginia created workshops based on solid empirical data about authenticity, empowement, and leadership, The results are workshops that lead the way in experiential equine-assisted coaching.