I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for the self-reflection coaching programme and the way in which you conducted it. I would also like to wish you the best of luck with all of your future programmes. I have written a short summary of my experiences that might help to stimulate others to participate in the “Equine Assisted Development” self-reflection programme.
My employer (Enschede Municipality) often affords me the opportunity to take training courses; a. as a refresher course and b. for the purposes of self-development. I was eager to take a course which would focus on personal aspects. Most of the available courses that focus on personality are rather similar to one another and I was looking for something a bit different.
I met Marieke at a show jumping event and learned that she was involved in coaching. After an initial meeting, she sent me a proposal for a personal self-reflection and coaching programme. An important element of the self-reflection was, literally, “ Equine Assisted Development”, which really appealed to me. I have been riding horses for twenty years so I don’t think any explanation for this is necessary.
The part of the programme covering self-reflection through horses was very enjoyable and educational. When you have already worked with horses for many years, at first it takes a little getting used to looking at and/or working with horses in a different way. It wasn’t at all difficult, though I have to admit that I thought I would have been able to draw more on my experience with horses for the self-reflection element. My previous experience, however, was of minimal value. And that was just as well because otherwise I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much as I did.
I don’t need to explain here what Equine Assisted Development does; that’s already explained on the website. “Equine Assisted Development” is highly educational. It helped to confirm a number of personal issues for me. But it also provided a lot of tips on non-verbal communication. It’s a fantastic way of getting to know yourself better. And the best bit, in my opinion, is that you get to put what you’ve learned into practice almost straight away.
In short, “Equine Assisted Development” was very educational and great fun, and Marieke explained everything thoroughly throughout the programme.
With kind regards,
Paul Koekkoek, Enschede Municipality