Pilot Project excerpt
|by Beth Duff
the red horse speaks
The idea of learning with horses has developed to a large extent from the therapeutic work with horses that has been going on for many yearts through organizations such as PATH International (formerly the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association - NARHA) in USA and Riding for the Disabled (RDA) in UK.
Over the last ten years or so, programmes devoted to learning with horses aimed at the corporate market have been developed, focusing mainly on leadership and team skills. This has been in parallel with changes in the leadership syle demanded by high performing organizations, essentially moving away from "command and control" to a leadership style based much more on relationships. (Goleman et al, 2002)
There has also been a realization that it is not enough to know about leadership theories and models, important as these are. To make changes in behaviour, however, demands a profound change at a neurological level, weakening the neural pathways which are no longer useful and replacing them with new ones.