and rules that dictate the traditional business model.
Every serious business person of course needs to attend to these
important formalities. There are legal contracts that must be signed,
insurance policies to carry, sales tax to collect …you get the idea.
But that’s where the formalities of this business end for me.
Somewhere along the way, handshakes inevitably turn into hugs,
customers into friends and horses into cherished members of the herd.
Knowledge and passion break down those barriers of formality and bind us together.
Anyone who knows me, knows I am not exaggerating.
But I have been quietly struggling with this knowledge.
I have been worried that somehow it makes me seem less
"business-like," less "professional."
It’s been a nagging bugger for weeks now.
You see, I am very passionate about natural horse management.
I have been known to bend the ear of a willing audience from time to time.
Natural management is a very non-traditional path of most boarding facilities,
and I worry that my combination of passion and alternative management style
might be misconstrued as “less professional" by others who follow the more
I admit that at times, I let it rob me of my usual confident and engaging interactions with others.
After reading a past issue of Equus (December 2012)
I believe I am finally able to reconcile my feelings, and have begun the process
of putting to rest my nagging bits of worry.
Therein, was an article written by Elizabeth B. Herman, a certified Equus Coach
and owner of EB Herman Consulting titled Finding My Path. In it she quotes her
teacher, horse whisperer and life skills coach, Koelle Simpson.
"Wild horses are led by a matriarch mare that the herd chooses to follow.
They don’t select her for her size, age, color or other physical characteristics.
They follow the one who is most calm and observant to changes in the landscape,
the one they can trust to see subtle cues and keep them safe.
She uses no more aggression than necessary to correct disruptions in the herd.
Humans toggle back and forth between two leadership models: domination and schmoozing.
Horses don’t respond well to either one.
All beings are drawn to the confident, centered energy of the matriarch mare.”
I learn important lessons everyday living this “life on track.”
Deep, personal, human and horse lessons.
Tidbits of interesting information.
Profound moments of connection.
All of this on levels I never imagined when I started this years ago.
Our track system isn't just a management style.
It has become its own living breathing entity.
A stimulating environment that invites and encourages change
and understanding, not only for the horses that call it home,
but the people who interact with them there.
The reason for building our track, (which I will share with you as we go along),
had nothing to do with me, but I have come to realize my place in it,
and ultimately, my need to be open to what I can learn there.
Our effort to be a catalyst of change for the horses we love,
has started a ripple that spreads widely.
An expanding circle that envelops many things both horse and human.
This blog will be my way to share with you what "life on track"
and the herd shares with me. So as we move forward,
what can you expect from me? From Hoofbeats Holistic?
In Our Business Plan
There is no place for domination or schmoozing.
Trust is Earned
We will use our Natural Horse management experience,
our observations of the herd and our dedication to furthering
our knowledge of the horse, and we will earn your trust.
Lead, so that Others May Follow
We will try in every way to share our experiences so that others,
be they horse owner or barn manager and the horses they care for
may benefit from them.
Simple. Straight forward.
Lead confidently, quietly. Others will follow.
In good spirit,