Experience and Horseplayers Can Choose Deal or No Deal

My HorsePlay Experience and Development

Experience and Horseplayers Can Choose Deal or No Deal

Experience and Horseplayers Can Choose Deal or No Deal

Over the years I have been driven to enhance my knowledge of human behavior and organizational development in an effort to boost my own managerial success and to understand why some people are more effective as leaders than others. As a result I have read a plethora of books and articles on leadership, behavior, and organizational change. I have also participated and attended a tremendous number of speeches, seminars, and workshops. Each has added some level of value to my chosen field of study – Leadership.

So I was very curious, and maybe a little skeptical, when I was invited to attend a workshop called HorsePlay HP2. After all, what can we learn from playing with horses? So I discounted the program as another “Let’s have some fun and feel good calling ourselves a team” canned program. I packed up my doubts and my skepticism and headed to Petoskey, a resort town in Northern Michigan.

Boy… was I ever WRONG!!! The setting was gorgeous, the weather fantastic, the horses were spectacular, and the coaches from Pitts-Aldrich Associates and EquuSpirit were phenomenal.

We had gathered together in small, segmented groups for breakfast. Then we headed over to the Bay Harbor Equestrian Center. We all left breakfast at the same time, traveled 9.5 miles down one road, making a left hand turn out of one driveway and a right hand turn into another. To no surprise, we did not all arrive at the same time.

Our coaches started off talking about the horses. They explained that horses have survived on earth for over 55 million years, longer than any other land mammal. Horses are prey animals; they don’t attack; they react. They endure because of their unique physiological attributes coupled with their highly tuned survival skills. Horses trust their senses, know their purpose, and take clear action. They exist as a team playing, learning, and developing shared leadership and horseplayers can choose deal or no deal responsibility. They even instinctively foster an effective succession plan. The coaches told us that if we paid attention (attune to the horses’ nonverbal communication) we could learn extraordinary things about ourselves and others just by interacting with this small herd.

After a short “bio-break”, a safety talk, and a few interesting exercises on assumptions & interpretations, communicating, and the “default” need to compete, we headed down to meet our equestrian partners. As we started down the path to the pastures, it became obvious, even to the most casual observer, that even at a distance of several hundred yards, the horses sense your presence. 

Each displayed individual responses, horseplayers can choose deal or no deal

We could tell by watching their postures, ear movements, and body positions that we were definitely on their radar screen.

We were divided into small groups and given very clear instructions. The first was to gain the trust of the horse we had chosen, Fallon. However, since 97% of communication is non-verbal, we were not allowed to talk to Fallon. Some in our group had previous experience with horses, but for one of our group, this was a first time exposure, and these are BIG animals. Each member had to approach Fallon and begin a relationship with him. Clearly there was some shared anxiety for both horse and human. We were fortunate to have Christina Pitts as a coach for our group. She carefully and compassionately asked us Socratic questions about why we approached Fallon the way we did; how he seemed to react; why did we think he reacted that way; what could we try differently; and how does this relate to how we develop relationships with people? Talk about impact… I was immediately thrust into deep introspection and retrospection.

I started to realize at a whole new level how I impact others and how, as a result, they respond to me. Even with good intentions I sometimes come on with high levels of energy and excitement that can and at times does push people away. A long time ago I learned that in all interactions, we need to “meet people where they are.” I had always interpreted this to mean from a knowledge and skill level. I never related it to the energy I was putting off (positive or negative) and how others (horse or human) respond to that energy.

There were several lessons learned that day, which HorsePlay HP2 combines into Optimize5 – Wisdom from the World of Horses.

S-L-O-W = FAST

Be Present

Pause-Reflect-Choose

Less = MORE

Small = BIG

I thought perhaps this workshop had meaning for me because of my familiarity and long term interest in Leadership & Teams, so I thought I’d get input from one of the other participants. I asked Bob Owens, CFO of OTR Wheel Engineering, Inc. His response was:

“Many of the lessons are subtle so you really do have to be present in the moment or you will miss them. It is easy to be distracted with so much going on. It’s on reflecting on what happened that some of the subtleties become apparent. The lessons from the interaction with the horses and team are transferable to lessons when interacting in business or your personal life.”

Basic knowledge of Maca

Basic knowledge of Maca

Basic knowledge of Maca

Basic knowledge of Maca

Maca grows naturally in the highlands of the Andes, 4,000-5,000 meters above sea level. Maca is the same cruciferous plant as turnips, radishes and broccoli. There are various colors, cream, purple, pink, yellow and colorful, but generally dark ones are said to have excellent ingredients.

In the highlands of the Andes, it is a very harsh environment where strong direct sunlight shines during the day, the annual temperature is below 7 ° C, the temperature drops to below 10 ° C at night, and the wind is strong and dry.

Maca grows under such severe weather conditions. Because it is a plant that can withstand such a natural environment, its nutritional value is unique .

Once a maca is cultivated, the land becomes barren for several years. So it absorbs all the nutrients of the earth.

In also known as ” Queen of the Andes herbal maca, which is also referred to as a” is taken over the tradition manner among the people living in the Andes, they have supported their health. It is said that it was a privileged class food during the Inca Empire era because it was so rare.

In addition, it is said to be “natural Viagra” because it has the effects of nourishing and energizing. It is said that essential amino acids, minerals, and calcium contained in maca have a synergistic effect and normalize hormone balance.

The steroids contained in maca are very similar to human hormones, and are said to have a role in regulating hormone balance. It is now attracting attention that it has effects from improving menopause and menstrual irregularities in women to promoting sperm increase in men .

In Peru, maca is used in stewed dishes, soups, and sweets.

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