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Horse Sense Business Sense
6919 Meadows Town Road
Marshall, North Carolina 28753

Phone: (828) 683-7304
Fax: (828) 683-6281
E-mail: josie@horsesenseotc.com




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What's New at Business Sense?


Horsenality™ & Impact on Horses in Session

As mentioned earlier, Horsenality™ is an important framework for understanding horses and having an awareness of who they are, in and out of session. Horsenality™ allows us to categorize what we’re seeing, both with and without clients. When you see a lot of clients on a reg- ular basis, having a sense of the overall Horsenality™ of each horse is important! Horsenality™ shows us how very differently horses from each quadrant can look, and also speaks to how each Horsenality™ can impact sessions and clients. I think of Horsenality™ not as a way to pigeonhole horses, but a bit like how Don Zimmerman described hors- es when we spoke recently: each horse has his or her own specialty.

Thinking specifically in terms of sessions and clients, quickly read the following description of the x and y axis of Horsenality™. As you read, think about what kinds of clients would be good fits for each Horsenality™, and what clients might be contra-indicated. (Again, visit the Parelli™ website to download your own copy of the Horsenality™ chart!)

• The left-hand side of the quadrant represents the thinking, respon- sive Left-Brained horse, a horse who typically exists in a confident state. Left-Brained horses tend to be tolerant, calm and brave, but also dominant.

• The right-hand side of the quadrant represents the Right-Brained horse, one who tends to be more sensitive, submissive, reactive and possibly also nervous or downright fearful. Any horse can become Right-Brained when crossing a confidence threshold, or when Safety or Comfort are compromised.

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Get Your Business Ready for Fall

So, how was your summer? It sure seemed to go by quickly!

For lots of folks, summertime is full and busy for them personally, but not necessarily busy for their businesses.  You may have started the season with a list of "to-do's" and the firm intention to get them done - but it can be difficult to focus when the sunshine and warm days call out to you. That's okay. As we discussed last month, taking a break is important. You can't go all out all the time. 

But, now it is time to buckle down and get back on track. 

Short Term: Are there projects that need to be reinvigorated after being put to the side for the summer? Identify them and make plans to get them moving again.

Long Term: What needs to be completed before the end of the year and what projects need to get underway so you can roll into the new year successfully?

September can be a second "new year" for you and your business! Get started! 


Social Awareness: Building Empathy and more

As we build on internal self-awareness and internal self-management in our client sessions, we begin turning our attention to social intelligence, comprised of social awareness and social facility. Social aware- ness is the ability to sense and understand others’ emotions; social facility is the ability to make informed choices utilizing this awareness.

Daniel Goleman (2006) describes social awareness as, “A spectrum that runs from instantaneously sensing another’s inner state to understanding her feelings and thoughts to ‘getting’ complicated social situations” (p. 84). This particular quote reminds me of the many clients who live on the autism spectrum, where social awareness is very much an issue. The inability to “get” social situations, understand others’ feelings and thoughts, or instantaneously sense another’s state, is a constant challenge. In many ways, we’ve been building social awareness while also building self-awareness, through observing and responding to the horse’s body language, behavior and more. The skills for self and social awareness are much the same; the subject of those skills, however, is what shifts.

Goleman (2006) breaks social awareness down into four categories:

  • Primal empathy: Feeling with others; sensing nonverbal emotional signals
  • Attunement: Listening with full receptivity; attuning to a person
  • Empathic accuracy: Understanding another person’s thoughts, feelings, and intentions.
  • Social cognition: Knowing how the social world works. (p. 84)
Developing empathy is a common issue we face in our work with youth involved in gangs or in the juvenile justice system. Goleman (2006) describes empathy as “feeling with others; sensing non-verbal emotional signals” (p. 84). To support the development of empathy, we’ll examine the body language of both horse and human to explore the various meanings one can ascribe to a posture. For example, what does it mean

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