Horses and Corporate Team Building
The Horse Institute, which has a variety of locations, is an innovative training program that focuses on equipping corporate employees with leadership development, team development, and improved nonverbal communication skills, among other goals, through working with horses in a group setting.

Participants observe and work with horses at liberty using three to five specific exercises designed to bring out certain skills. After each session with the horses, the group members discuss what they observed and practiced. The Horse Institute's executive director, Marie-Claude Stockl, says horses are ideal for corporate training because they react but don't hold grudges.

"The patterns we observe in some situations with horses are often the same ones we have at work," Stockl says, "so we use the horses (behavior) as a metaphor for those situations to discuss them."

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