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Hi there, this is a very real and valid concern. In almost every group people will be excited or apprehensive, some people will have experience of horses and some will feel really out of their comfort zone. My advice would be come anyway, have a great day with your team and dont worry about being out of your comfort zone. Let us know in advance and we will look after your wellbeing throughout your stay. No one is put under any pressure and everyone is treated equally. The learning will be just as rich, whether you get up close or participate from a distance.
You dont have to have any horse experience. It would be a really good idea to work out what your learning outcomes would like to be. This will be done on a discovery call before we agree a date.
On the day we will be prepared to deal with whatever shows up for the team and your expectations will be managed along the way. Our facilitators have excellent knowledge and experience. The horses will certainly guide your experiential learning as individuals and as a collective. This is rarely completely achieved in a classroom.
I am so biased that I can’t answer you!
What I would say is this; you will remember a good day out when you built the raft. You will remember who fell in and who won the race, but how did you use that to improve your teams challenges?
Classroom learning tends to be in a familiar environment, can be over theoretical but at least you have a manual to refer back to if you get stuck or miss something.
We will reach your learning goals through personal and team experiential learning. This engages your thoughts, emotions, your blockers, your strengths and your hidden qualities in an environment where facilitation allows you to solve your own challenges. This is totally unique. Add to this a day away from the office, testing your comfort zones a tad and being in the great outdoors with nature is good for the heart, mind and soul.
So I can actually answer you afterall. It is not as good, it will be far better.
Be creative and consider where you need to build, strengthen existing relationships or make new ones.
Come as a team, include within your OD programmes under the section of ‘self-awareness’, leadership, performance improvement, negotiating, influencing, being more assertive, authenticity… the list goes on.
Bring your clients, it will be great for business.
L&D and HR teams will love this as a reward.
Sales teams will get to test their emotional intelligence
Training outcomes should be tangible so that you can measure the effectiveness of your investment. We would love to learn about you and your business so that we can help you to reach your goals. You have an opportunity to ask questions and be satisfied that this matches your requirements and we understand what good looks like for you.
We will agree your day and provide you with everything that you need to brief your people. This includes a safety briefing and making sure that everyone is familiar with the environment before you arrive on site. That’s it – we will keep you safe, comfortable and happy throughout your visit!