Springhill Care Group get training with an equine touch


Senior members of staff from Springhill Care Group went on an equine-inspired team building exercise to help them learn how to connect and communicate more effectively with staff.

Three employees from Springhill went on the training session provided for Diamond Ambassador members of the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and praised the benefits of using horses for powerful learning experiences.

Shirley Waling, Associate Director of Finance and Development, Vicky Sudworth, General Manager at Birch Green Care Home, Skelmersdale and Emma Kay, Deputy Manager at Birch Green Care Home, attended the programme run by Hornby and Birtwistle in Burnley.

The course combines interactions with horses on the ground – without having to ride – and non-directive coaching in powerful learning experiences through which participants explore and expand their emotional intelligence, leadership, communication and influencing capabilities.

Birch Green’s Vicky Sudworth said: “This training programme was a positive way of learning new things we are able to communicate effectively. We had a great day and were surprised by the interaction.

“There are many different ways in which we are able to communicate with our staff. Horses size people up in the way that needs you to connect on their level. If you can lead a horse and control the horse, you can lead and motivate your staff.”

Catherine Howley, Co-Director at Hornby and Birtwistle, said: “With their prey instincts and hypersensitive awareness, horses size people up instantly and accurately. Horses do not role play. If you want a horse to co-operate and follow, you must demonstrate real leadership.”

Catherine said horses are adept at picking up and responding to human intention and non-verbal communication. They provide instant, honest, accurate feedback in the moment – creating experiences which get to the core of issues quickly, powerfully and effectively.

She added: “We are specialists in the delivery of equine-facilitated programmes for corporate leadership, communication and team development. We have many decades of equine experience and coaching practice, and our staff are master coaches and master neuro-linguistic programming practitioners with leading edge facilitation and coaching capabilities.”


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