What Can You Learn From a Horse?

Lead others with earned authority, rather than a formal title or position.
Gain greater awareness of your communication strengths and gaps.
Discover how your nonverbal messages influence the way others perceive you as a leader.
Align your intent with body language that supports – rather than sabotages – your message.

Leadership with Horses

Discover How Horses Transform Your Ability to Lead and Work Together


When it comes to kicking your leadership up a notch, there’s nothing quite like a power session with horses. By their nature, horses seek out confident, trustworthy leaders.

Horses have a special ability to provide you with a dramatic view of how your leadership skills and team work measure up. Over time, many of us learn to hide feelings and filter reactions in the work place, especially from leaders. A horse, however, will hold up a mirror to your leadership style in ways you simply won’t get from your team or your peers.

Horses understand what leaders often forget:
every interaction is a conversation.

Before and after speaking or writing, we sense each other. And we make sense of what we see, hear, and feel through the physiology and wisdom of our bodies. Horses live like this and interact with each other every day – paying full attention to the real conversation behind every interaction.

When leaders and teams work together with horses to accomplish something it’s actual, embodied skills practice. We go beyond concepts to what you actually need to do to become a more credible and trustworthy leader. We look at the actions and behaviors that produce outcomes not just with horses, but with people, too – because what it takes to influence a horse is astonishingly similar to what it takes to influence people.

The Most Memorable Leadership Coach You’ll Ever Meet

It’s not what you learn about a horse that makes them excellent coaches. It’s what they show you about your leadership that matters.

  • Horses are EQ masters — they respond to our emotional honesty, our trustworthiness, and our ability to create a connection.
  • Horses are nonverbal experts and pick up all of our ‘whole body’ communication. It’s not what you say but how you say and do it that makes a difference.
  • Horses respond to leaders who demonstrate confidence, provide clear direction, and act authentically.
  • Horses don’t have hidden agendas. They don’t play politics. And they could really care less about your title or where you got your MBA.
  • A team of people and a herd of horses have a lot in common. They both require strong leadership, effective communication, and a keen awareness of the needs and goals of the group.

Breakthrough Learning

Most of our clients have been there, done that, when it comes to leadership development and team building. They’re looking for something different. They’re ready for accelerated learning, transformative insights, and leadership skills that work in any business arena.

We facilitate breakthrough experiences that involve leaders and teams in a variety of fun and challenging encounters with horses that stretch your perspective of what it means to be a leader. We design powerful, effective interactions between people and horses, supported by coaching, personal reflection, and peer feedback.

You’ll experience in the moment discoveries
and walk away with leadership competencies that will
stay with you long after your session is over.

For the ultimate leadership development experience, call today.

The Teaching Power of Horses

The Teaching Power of Horses

Steve Cooper, CEO of TrueBlue, had planned a three day offsite retreat at Willows Lodge when he discovered the option to do a leadership workshop with horses.  He was eight months into the re-branding of his company, pulling several individual companies under one name. The team, who came from many different backgrounds and locations, had…

Horses Help Bring a Medical Team Together

Horses Help Bring a Medical Team Together

After working with Amanda on a governance retreat, I asked her to put together a team building and leadership session with horses. I had a fractured team, made up of both old and new staff members.  They just weren’t jelling. I had recently hired a new medical director, and we both decided that we wanted…

Transitioning with Grace

Transitioning with Grace

I was transitioning out of my position as executive director of Groundwire when my board hired Amanda as a transition coach. I had resigned my position, and planned to spend my last six weeks as executive director working to position the organization for success in moving forward. I wanted to do it as professionally as…

We are proud to partner with Willows Lodge, offering Leadership with Horses
for companies hosting business meetings at the Lodge.

What do Willows Lodge and Roam Consulting have in common? We both share:

  • Dedication to providing memorable meeting and retreat experiences for our clients.
  • Proximity to each other. We host Leadership With Horses minutes from the Lodge.
  • Idyllic, nature-based locations that create a reflective and productive environment
    for you and your team.
  • Top-notch professionals who are expert at what they do.
It just makes good business sense for Roam Consulting to affiliate with Willows Lodge.
Now when businesses choose Willows Lodge for their offsite location, they can also schedule a Leadership with Horses Program.

For more information about the discounts and special offerings available to you, contact
Willows Lodge or Amanda.

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