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|Equine Wisdom: Lessons Learned from The Horses
Authors: Friedhelm PohL, Christine Pohl
In this book the authors explain the differences between artificial human hierarchies and natural herd structures of horses. The practical outcome of dealing with horses respecting this herd structure is a mutual respect and trust relationship between human and horses.
Unlike humans horses do not have an Ego. That makes them specialists in mirroring human behaviour. The interactions take place in an environment of equality and freedom. This enables humans to develop their traits and personality. Fostering traits and personal development is needed worldwide to overcome the ruling of the Ego that led us to a narrow mindedness with greed, recklessness and mutual exploitation.
In the field of entrepreneurship, leadership, problem solving, critical thinking, and self-responsibility horses can teach us to become strong, brave, straight, honest and reliable. They can foster our ability to take risks and to be creative. They can teach us to accept circumstances that cannot be changed.
Personal development is a major issue nowadays in all countries and societies. Many approaches follow theoretical input through education but lack practical experience. Horses indeed provide real life experiences, influencing people emotionally and spiritually likewise. The practical experience makes the difference and enables people to really change sustainably. These experiences are resistant to further manipulation by the human Ego. They become part of humans. They are saved within every cell of their being.
Horse work on the ground and in the saddle is the most efficient and sustainable way to simultaneously develop awareness, perception, leadership skills and mindset.
Friedhelm Wolfgang Pohl is a research fellow at the IJN-UTM Cardiovascular Engineering Centre, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor Bahru. His current research concentrates on treating hypertension and metabolic processes with sound files. His UTM assignment includes a lectureship within the Bachelor of Science Course in Equine Management at the Faculty of Biosciences and Medical Engineering. Along with that he provides training and education at the UTM Equine Centre for staff and students where he also worked as a horse trainer. Friedhelm Pohl graduated in behavioral psychology, criminology, law and administration in Germany in 1984, and worked as criminal investigator at the German police. In 1988 he became a trainer in human behavior and stress management for the Special Forces. This was followed by an education as sound massage therapist in 2002 and sound pedagogy in 2006. Before coming to Malaysia, he was the CEO of a German company providing horse training and education in personal development and leadership training with horses using body language.
Christine Pohl is a professor at the Geoscience and Digital Earth Centre (Geo-Dec) as part of the Research Institute for Sustainability and Environment (RISE), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor Bahru. She is a remote sensing specialist with an emphasis on image and data fusion for advanced data exploitation in Earth observation. She holds a Ph.D. in Remote Sensing from Leibniz University Hannover, Germany (1996), an M.Sc. Eng in Geodesy (1992), and a Bachelor of Land Surveying from the Technical University Braunschweig, Germany (1987). As horse enthusiast she gained experiences in riding and ground work in many disciplines for more than 25 years. Together with her husband she founded a company in Germany in 2002 to provide horse training, coaching with horses and education for coaches and riding teachers on the basis of natural communication using equine principles.