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The Science behind horses in life coaching

March 21st 2012


Back in the early 90’s there were then only a handful of people doing similar work to Holistequine and it was known as Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, now there are many versions and different interpretations of “Equine Assisted Therapy”.

Unlike the animals humans generally have lost touch with the natural world but now with validation through Quantum Physics and an understanding of the principals of Kinesiology the Holistequine EALC horses can show us how we can reconnect to this world of inner wisdom, claim back this natural state and transform our lives

For Holistequine it was to be a long journey before all the pieces fell into place. I knew with all the years of study that the answer to “health and wellbeing” was in understanding Vibrational Medicine, that everything is a vibration (even thoughts and ideas) and that the vibration we internalise is the same vibration we put out to the world.....hence the move away from calling it “therapy” (problem focused) into life coaching through horses (solution focused)
Just as a balance of Ph is responsible for healthy, balanced BODY chemistry we believe that to balance and use each side of the brain equally is the key for mental/ emotional and Spiritual health and wellbeing

Understanding Left/right brain function

We will not only see how these two entities (L/R brain) are symbolic of our “dualities” and a representation of “polarities” but we also gain an insight into why we need to align these two and how our horses, because they predominately live in the right/Alpha brain can be a catalyst for achieving this.

We believe that many alternative therapies focus on the "problem' thereby creating a physical reality in which the "problem" becomes even more established in the neural -pathways of the left brain. With our process at Holistequine "problems" are viewed as "blocks of energy" which can be removed "experientially" through the solution based right brain of the horse.

Over eons of time humans have left their natural Alpha state of "being" to become predominantly left brain as, in a hectic world they struggle to stay ahead of the game, only feeling safe to retreat into their relaxed Alpha mode occasionally; conversely horses are naturally in a relaxed right brain state and only come out of this when they are stressed i.e. in fight/flight.
Now with an appreciation of what it means to be “switched’ (explained below) we will be able to align our body, mind and spirit by balancing the left/right brain. To understand this we will need to know what the two sides of the brain do


*Left brain is problem focused         right brain solution focused

*The left brain look at “parts”          right brain looks at “wholes”

Both sides of the brain are of equally value, there is no good or bad side, no right or wrong, for example we often would not take on a project if we only looked at the big picture “wholes”/right brain. In many cases we need to bring it down into “parts” in order to attempt it, otherwise it would be too daunting a task. Conversely we all know people who "dream" but can never get things done

When we realise that our left brain is “problem focused” we can then see why, because we spend most of our day in this side how it could be a “problem”. As a predominantly left brain society we can now appreciate how we have worn tracks in this "logical"side of our brain and this being the case it can then be hard for us to focus on the “solution”. Our horse on the other hand does not have this “problem”.


Basic Neuroscience

We will need to go into a basic understanding of how our brain functions to appreciate its application in the WBI work with horses, especially our advanced Kinesiology work.
The cerebral hemispheres are divided down the middle into a right hemisphere and a left hemisphere. Each hemisphere appears to be specialized for some behaviour. The hemispheres communicate with each other through a thick band of 200-250 million nerve fibres called the corpus callosum. The right side of the brain controls muscles on the left side of the body and the left side of the brain controls muscles on the right side of the body. Also, in general, sensory information from the left side of the body crosses over to the right side of the brain and information from the right side of the body crosses over to the left side of the brain. Therefore, switching or neurological miscommunication to one side of the brain will affect the opposite side of the body.
The right side of the brain controls the left side of the body and vice versa
This being true, how then can we be fully functional until these two sides of the brain have learnt to “speak” to each other?
How often do we say one thing and mean another, how often do we recognise this trait in our self and also recognise when others are doing the same. How often do we tell someone what they want to hear to save “face” or because we do not want to upset them?

Psychologists say we are all two people living in the same body, and because of this split personality we are often not fully conscious of what we say or do.


How WBI works to connect our hemispheres.

Kinesiology means the study of motion, in particular the study of how muscles which are controlled by our brain act and coordinate to move the body.

“Switching” is a term in Kinesiology given to a neurological disorganisation within the “wiring” of the brain and happens when the signalling within the nervous system becomes reversed in one or more of the three dimensions.This disorganization of the neurological system creates confusion and the reason for this confusion is normally an electro-magnetic polarity reversal within the brain. The Holistequine philosophy is simple in that as electro- magnetic beings to be “whole” again surely we need to have both of these aspects or polarities balanced.
Our physical bodies are controlled by energy however when the energy that runs the body (via the brain) becomes disorganised the functions (organs, glands, muscles etc) it directs are also affected
If you have trouble following directions, are overly clumsy, have “brain fog” suffer from quick temper or mood changes, or have learning difficulties. Then you may be "switched" or have a problem with neurological organization.
Electro-magnetic overload, food sensitivity, lack of sleep can also cause “switching’

“Emotional overload or mental stress is another cause of switching. A conflict between what you should do and what you want to do often causes the brain to switch. When switched, you can do what you want to do and it seems or feels to you to be the right thing to do (even when it isn't). A typical example is the fat person who knows that they shouldn't eat ice cream... and then enjoys eating a half-gallon (two litres) and literally can't stop until they are unable swallow another bite.
Under enough stress, everyone will go into a state of right-left switching. When you start bumping into tables and door jams, you have probably become switched” Everyone with learning difficulties or coordination difficulties has (at least most of the time) right-left switching. The extreme of the range of learning difficulties is called dyslexia. In my experience, all dyslexics are right-left switched. Right-left switching is characterized by mental confusion and/or physical poor coordination. When you hear yourself say "26" when you meant "62", or when you point to the right and say, "turn left here", you can be sure that you have become "switched".... Dr. Robert Frost...............

From our own experience at Holistequine and working with children I would also add AD/HD to this list
Basically the nervous system has two functions: to receive information and to transmit information. Switching then seems to be due to a functional error in information processing.
Improper transmission from sensory receptors (information from external stimuli to brain) causes the Central Nervous System (our brain and spinal cord) to create inappropriate strengthening or weakening of the muscles and formation of incorrect neural patterns and responses.
Neurological disorganization or switching essentially is the body's response to a stimulus overload - Physical, Psychological or Nutritional / Chemical.
There is also a more serious type of switching that can manifest as physiological and mental confusion with symptoms such as a lack of spatial awareness, confusion between right and left, struggling to be in ‘now-time’, being ‘all-in-the-head’ and cut off from feelings, as well as learning and memory problems
At Holistequine we believe that this ‘switching” problem is symptomatic of the imbalance of functionality between the Beta and Alpha (left & right brain) state and we address it the same way we correct all other “polarities”...through alignment with the higher vibration of the horse.

pblk2Does this horse (right) appear to be flying towards you or away from you? If you can only see it going one way it means your brain is “switched”....... if you can see it flying both ways, great it means that your left and right hemispheres are balanced

The brain controls the body 

In summary.................

We can see now the importance of a balanced brain........for our right brain to create our visions and dreams and our left brain to ground them.
To have a complementary balance of intuition and logic is to Co-create. To achieve this successfully can be a one step or a twenty step process and means we step through life by gathering intelligence or information in the physical world (left brain) and then go to our higher intelligence /right brain to be guided to a plan of action.

When we function by using our “whole body intelligence” we are using the parts of our “mind” that scientists say is the hidden 90%. And when we become rock solid in this power base we cannot be negatively influenced or manipulated by others..............those around us will then see this strength and will want to emulate it.

Looking at a “vibration model” (as bio-feedback ) in equine assisted life coaching we see that to overcome the  “lower vibration” of our emotions and negative past programming etc. we only need to focus on and intensify our new vision.........and because our EALC horses are already “holding” this vision/vibration it makes sense that they can show us the way.

The horse life coach takes us to a level of vibration of “un-switching’ and allows the Spiritual/intuitive input to come through the right brain to align with logical information (left brain) so that the two hemispheres work in unison. Once these two sides of the brain start “taking” to each other we get congruency of body, mind and Spirit
Advanced round yard work
Using the principals of Kinesiology and Vibrational Medicine
The higher the vibration of the cells in our body, the healthier we become, however to reach this “vibration” we must overcome the equal but opposing vibration of our “negative” thoughts and emotions. In the past we had all sorts of “therapy” to resolve our “issues” NOW our Life Coaching horse can immediate a change merely with transference of energy.

In the past “therapy” required us to wade through our subconscious blocks, the part of the mind with all its restrictions of “can’t do”, “shouldn’t do, not good enough etc whereas working in a session with our horses we learn to fly over them
We will see by doing free circular energy work with our horse where our subconscious blocks are and clear them at a higher energetic frequency.
In the switched state the mental focus and physical ‘driving” force of the person will not correlate with the horse’s balanced brain and therefore we will not get any actions.
This exercise with the horse is an example of how a lack of integration of the central nervous system with the body plays out in real life.
Because this bio- feedback (in this case lack of response) comes via our horse through our “feeling centres” we absorb it with unconditional love.
We now have the reference point for “thinking with our hearts and loving with our minds”                        According to recent research it has been estimated that a person's Emotional Intelligence Quotient (Right brain) accounts for 80% * of success in the workplace.

Although an employer will of course look for someone with left brain academic ability it is the right brain that holds the key to our non verbal communication skills and our emotional intelligence.
We use horses as facilitators in life coaching because they HOLD THE HIGHER VIBRATION OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND “SERVICE”
Anyone who works with horses knows that to get a positive outcome it is not enough to just speak your truth you also have to ACT your truth. For our horse not to get mixed messages we must align verbal with non verbal communication. In other words we must say what we mean and mean what we say! Anything less is confusion to our horse.
If we do not speak our truth to others, no matter how hard it might be at the time we are denying them (and ourselves) an opportunity for growth. If we “let it go” we are doing them a dis-service as they will not get the chance to see that their actions are not congruent with their words. How often have we said “I don’t do that” when in actual fact we do! How often do we do something without realising it and then a friend or family member tells us the truth. We need not only to be able to GIVE this information honesty but also to RECEIVE it honesty ..............we then have healthy emotional intelligence
If we do not have our thoughts congruent with our words we too send out mixed messages to others. We then not only have disastrous relationships but holistic principals suggest we will also, by internalising our emotions create dis-ease in our bodies
The horses have shown us that by marrying the polarities of the Alpha and Beta brainwaves we can positively and powerfully amplify our intentions out to the world and change human consciousness.
We know that animal resonate unconditional love so could our human ailments be simply a matter of us recognising and claiming this higher state within our own Spirit. Could Obesity and Anorexia, for example simply be a case of accepting and loving the side of us that our horse reflects back to us as unconditional love?
During a life coaching session an energetic transference occurs between horse and client. Because the horse has a higher frequency of 7.8 Htz this is “felt” and then used as a “reference point”.................... The horse has become an energetic feedback mechanism for the client to “recognise” and then claim their own potential.
The Holistequine belief is that many of our common ailments can be resolved once we ‘connect” these two aspects of self, once the two sides of our brain learn to communicate with each other. It might sound complicated until we realise we are not talking about emotions as tangible obstacles but as ENERGY .......and as we know energy only needs to be transformed
When we choose a life coaching equine partner to train with he/she becomes a two way mirror for healing our own and our his/her vibration
Switching, as we have seen has numerous causes and must be addressed on the causative level, for example food sensitivity by eliminating allergenic foods, lack of sleep by improving lifestyle etc.
However switching caused by emotional and mental triggers are a little harder to pinpoint but the good news is through the work we have done in our Whole Body Intelligence study we have seen that it could be as simple as using our horse as a mirror to retrain our brains back into balanced brain wave frequency
The greatest gift from my horses has been for me to see that it is only my ego that can hold me back and only my ego that stops me from seeing the bigger picture and that if I can tune into my horse’s Spirit I too can fly


Below is an example of a client who was unaware of how the differences (or “slit personality”) within his left and right brain were causing all his problems.
This particular client presented with a range of common personal problems that he needs help with.

In filling our the questionnaire he rated his level of self esteem as 8/10 (this sounded promising but over my years working in E.A.L.C. an 8 out of 10 in human terms is probably closer to 5/10 when compared to our horse life coach’s level self esteem)
It was great to see that this person had such a high sense of self worth however as we proceeded with the session it was clear his life was not working for him, in actuality he had no job, no transport, had recently divorced and was just plodding along in life. When he was reassessed during a session with his horse life coach he could no longer deny the gap and he acknowledged that in actuality his self esteem was around 5 out of 10...his horse life coach gently enabled him to confront his truth   p1050068

As we worked through the issues, not from a personal point of view but purely through an exchange of energy field (Entrainment) “he/ego self” changed; AND as his energy of seeing himself holistically picked up so did his self worth

Gradually he changed his preconceived ideas he had about “who he was”. As he began to see himself as a being of energy he could then see how this old restricted view he had of himself as an ego was limiting his potential and ………….once he changes his thoughts and programming (by accepting this new self realisation) everything changed......................he not only then set a new intention for his future but more importantly his horse validated in him his ability to achieve it

The problem he faced was in the gap of where he saw his potential (right brain) and where his life had actually taken him (left brain).
The 8 out of 10 he originally stated was projected into his vision and would have been fine if it was playing out in his life but because of the self doubts and baggage within his “subconscious” he was living out a 4-5 out of 10......only the loving energy of a horse could have communicated this to him because it had to be absorbed energetically and experientially through his heart space NOT through any “logic”

The Holistequine System of Life Coaching is both a Philosophy in as much as it has evolved through understanding the principals of Natural Healing, Vibrational Medicine and Metaphysics and a Science because it incorporates theories of Quantum Physics........Entrainment, Mirror Neurons and Kinesiology (switching)

 Holistequine offers a wide range of Equine Programs

  • Horse Practitioner Training Intensives
  • Equine Assisted Therapy
  • Equine Assisted Learning
  • Life Coaching with Horses
  • Workshops and Online Horse Courses