Learning with horses is not such a new idea as it may seem. The Greek writer Xenophon was one of the first people to write about the value of learning with horses and they have continued to teach us ever since. The word “manage” actually comes from the French word “manege,” the riding school because for many hundreds of years, that is where leaders learned their skills. If you could manage your horse and it trusted you, even in battle, you could also manage people! The red horse speaks is a modern version of this very old form of learning, adapted to the needs of C21st. All our learning takes place on the ground and no knowledge of horses is required.
Over the years, I have collected a large body of data from my clients which shows that this form of learning is highly effective, even for those who are anxious about horses. At present, I am taking a sabbatical to recover from having both hips replaced and using the time off to analyse and write up all the data I have collected from the clients who have attended our workshops. The resulting book will be a sequel to “When the red horse spoke” which described the business aspects of this work. Not only will this new book prove the effectiveness of our work, it will also provide a method for others who are providing this and other forms of experiential learning to show the value and effectiveness of their programmes.