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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Confidence & Your Horse- Part 2

"For one to fly, one needs only to take the reins."

~ Melissa James


Part II

In the book, The Confidence Gap, by Russ Harris, he lays out a foundational concept to assist in our understanding of confidence. 

The action of confidence comes before the feeling of confidence.   

            I often see people stuck in a state of unhappiness and unrest due to a lack of confidence. They are not reaching the levels of success with their horse because somewhere along the way, they lost confidence in their abilities.

“If only I felt more confident, I would be able to accomplish that better…”

“As soon as I get my confidence back, I will be able to do that again…”

"When I get my confidence back, I will get back on the horse again..."

Sound familiar?

            Each of these statements makes the assumption that we need to...

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Confidence & Your Horse- Part 1

confidence leadership Dec 30, 2018

"Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self-esteem.  They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls. They give us hope!"

~ Toni Robinson


Part I

            If you have been around horses long enough, inevitably you have had an experience that has shaken your confidence. Perhaps it was a bad fall, a bucking incident, a bolting incident or your horse just continues to act out despite your best efforts to move forward in your training.   All these scenarios can shake your confidence and leave you feeling helpless and afraid and maybe even questioning your horsemanship competency.

            Maybe you have taken a break from your horsemanship endeavors because the demands of life have temporarily pulled you from your horse passions. Work, kids, family, you name it, you feel out of touch and out of practice causing a momentary...

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