Posts Tagged "horses"

An Elevator Speech for 2013 or What Exactly Do You Do With Horses?

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

So What Exactly Do You Do With Horses? All good marketing professionals will tell you, “You need an elevator speech: a  concise way to sum up the work you do in about the amount of time you would be in an elevator with someone.”  I’ve never come up with a good one.  When people ask me, “What do you do?” I can never convey my work in a way that explains it fully.  I usually say something like, “I take people to hang out with horses for their therapy,” or, “I do equine facilitated psychotherapy.”  I often get responses like, “You psychoanalyze horses?”  Or “Yea, but what do you do?”  Ok,...

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The Jig Is Up

Posted by on Nov 17, 2011 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

One of the hardest things for people to hear is, “If you are not compassionate with yourself, your ability to be compassionate with others is limited.”  I get it!  I didn’t like hearing it either.  Why? Because it means the jig is up. So What’s the Jig? The jig is that we have all this compassion for the pain of others, when in reality, we don’t.  At least not in the true sense of the word. (For more information on what compassion is, read my article,  “Compassion Confusion”).   Not having compassion for ourselves is a way of avoiding our own pain. It is also aggressive.  If we cannot fully be present with (feel) our own...

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Posted by on Dec 20, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I have to admit that the first time I saw Geronimo I was intimidated, and so was my horse, Hermano.  We both approached the barn, feeling what it meant to be newcomers under Geronimo’s watchful eye.  I let Hermano into the paddock, and Geronimo immediately made it clear- Hermano was going to have to earn his respect.  Over time he made it clear to me that I would have to do the same, and so would the clients I brought out to see him.  How exactly does one earn the respect of a 2,000 pound being whose might can be felt from one hundred feet away? Leadership Qualities As the leader of the herd, Geronimo demonstrated qualities that many of us have trouble...

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