FAQs

I’ve never ridden a horse, do I have to ride?
I have a lot of experience with horses, how is this different?
Horses can be dangerous, how do you ensure the safety of participants?
I don’t have riding gear, what should I wear?
What can working with horses do that I can’t learn in another course?
I’m allergic to horses, what can I do about it?
I’m afraid of horses, will this affect my learning?


I’ve never ridden a horse, do I have to ride?

There is no riding in Lead Without Reins Leadership programs. If you are interested in learning how to ride without reins, please let us know, since we have programs for riders.

I have a lot of experience with horses, how is this different?

Lead Without Reins is about you, not your ability to control a horse. The programme will teach you about your leadership style, in a respectful and non-judgmental way. Through your interactions with the horse, you will experience building a relationship of trust, cooperation and respect.  As you experience this you will gain new insights into your way of leading in the workplace, and be able to adapt your style to an authentic one for you and your teams.

Horses can be dangerous, how do you ensure the safety of participants?

Firstly, the horses we use have been specially chosen for their personalities: they like humans, are self-confident, and calm. The horses have all been through many years of special training for this type of work.  This ensures that they have reached a certain standard of ability and can safely mentor people.

Any horse can become threatening when it feels unsafe. So before we introduce a group to their horses, they receive a thorough briefing on how to stay safe around their horse , how to see when a horse is feeling unsafe, and how to respond. At all times there are observers to ensure that the programme is proceeding in a safe way.

I don’t have riding gear, what should I wear?

There is no riding involved, so participants are asked to wear sensible clothes suited for working outdoors: Enclosed shoes or boots, jeans or slacks, and a comfortable t-shirt or top.

What can working with horses do that I can’t learn in another course?

Horses don’t lie. The beauty of this programme is that participants get immediate, honest and non-judgmental feedback on what the horse is sensing. The horse acts as the perfect mirror to our behaviour, feelings and actions. Normal classroom training with other people just can not offer the kind of  feedback that our programme does – humans rarely give fully honest feedback.

I’m allergic to horses, what can I do about it?

Many people have skin allergies to horses.  By wearing long sleeved shirts, trousers and gloves (we can provide gloves if necessary) we can ensure your comfort and full participation in the training.

I’m afraid of horses, will this affect my learning?

We have had many people attend our programme who are afraid of horses. Most of them are amazed at the rapport and trust that they build with the horse when they are honest about their fear. A horse doesn’t mind if you are afraid, as long as it knows it doesn’t need to be afraid.

In our experience with many nervous participants, the fear is quickly forgotten as attendees feel instantly relaxed and safe with our specially trained horses – they have a very special presence!