Balanced Leadership Through Horsemanship

Written by Shawn Carlin

Here at Horse Empowered, I speak a lot about the connection between horsemanship and leadership.  The recognition of the connectedness between these two ideas is what truly hooked me forever into the equine world.  I didn’t grow up with horses and I have spent my entire working career in the corporate world. In my mid-twenties, I had hit rock bottom in my life.  But thankfully, I found horses. Fate intervened and introduced me to an owner of a small ranch in Colorado. It was his first lesson with me, that changed the course of my life and connected me with my calling to help people rediscover the best, most authentic version of themselves.    

Rather than immediately jump in the saddle and take a mindless, head-to-tail trail ride, instead I discovered the horse’s ability to teach me how to be a better person, a better leader.  Importantly, the horse showed me a way to heal and...

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From Faith to Horsemanship...

I recently attended a church service with my family at our community church.  We began a new series called #trending which tackles modern and often difficult and divisive issues such as politics, social media, immigration and race.  The discussions attempt to provide perspective on how these issues are viewed within the Bible and how we can apply the understanding of our faith to these challenging issues. 

The topic today was about politics, a most divisive topic in our culture today and a difficult topic to tackle in front of a few hundred people in the audience who most certainly have different personal views on politics.  Rather than try and “convince” those in the audience which side is correct, the pastor began with what everyone in the audience felt was common ground, as Christians. In any negotiation, finding the common ground is a critical place to start. 

Here are the 4 “Universal Points of Agreement”  the pastor...

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