Creativity through horses

The Creative Edge


Creativity is one of the essential ingredients to success in life—whether you aspire to be a great educator, business executive, parent, counselor, equestrian, or leader/innovator in any number of other fields.

“Reclaiming your innate ability to imagine and manifest, to express the deepest yearnings of your soul, these are revolutionary acts of self-empowerment,” Linda Kohanov emphasizes. The author was intrigued to find that the courage to create—and the ability to support/motivate others to create—is one of the biggest issues in the corporate world. “I’ve had the great pleasure of designing horse-facilitated clinics for a variety of management teams,” she reports. “As a part of that process, I interview key staff to understand the challenges each business faces, so that I can gear activities with the horses to particular skills and goals my clients want to work on.

“Corporations in the 21st century are definitely recognizing the need to expand their vision and adapt quickly to changing markets. The ability to experiment, innovate, and collaborate has never been more important. Yet we’ve grown up in a culture that discourages people from developing creativity. It was, for centuries, a subtle yet insidious form of social control. Unless a child showed some prodigious gift that couldn’t be easily squelched, many of our educational and social systems conditioned people to adopt a machine-like demeanor. In so many ways, we were taught to mistrust our intuition, dull our own senses, and adopt an almost visceral fear of experimentation, of looking foolish, of making mistakes. This insured that we remained compliant to kings and queens, and later CEOs who also ruled with an iron fist, but that mode of operating is currently recognized as obsolete. Even corporations I’ve worked with that create high-tech missile systems are challenging their engineers to move beyond the old paradigm and create innovations for peacetime pursuits. To innovate for the purpose of thriving rather than simply surviving requires a much more sophisticated imagination. And that means having the courage to step into the unknown and dance with possibilities we can barely sense at the edge of reason.”

Over the years, Linda found that collaborating with living horses, and interacting with evocative images of horses, efficiently reawakens that pioneering spirit capable of tapping hidden sources of inspiration. “It truly doesn’t matter if you consider yourself a horse person. For thousands of years, our ancestors mapped the world on horseback. Exploring the unknown with the help of these immensely powerful—yet intensely sensitive—beings is literally in our blood. To face the next great adventure of human evolution, we need to harness that combination of power and sensitivity in ourselves, and, remarkably, these animals are ready, willing, and able to teach us how to do it.”

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About the author

Linda Kohanov

Linda is an author, speaker, riding instructor and horse trainer who has become an internationally recognized innovator in the field of Equine Experiential Learning and a respected writer on the subject of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy. Her book The Tao of Equus: A Woman’s Journey of Healing and Transformation through the Way of the Horse was selected as one of the Top Ten Religion and Spirituality books of 2001 by


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