Mounted Squad in Paris

Gendarmes in the Tuileries

It is Sunday midnight in Montparnasse. I am still awake living in a time zone of my very own, somewhere between Pacific Standard and Central European Time. Parisians are settled in for the night. If I look out of the living room windows, off to the west I can just make out the top third of the Eiffel Tower sparkling above the rooftops. The city is remarkably quiet save for the occasional buzz of a distant scooter and the uniquely annoying snippet of a French emergency vehicle singing out a repeating tritone.

I am excited and sleepless. Tomorrow I head back to London. I have just spent a week in one of the most storied and romantic capital cities in the world. The history of civilization is everywhere in evidence. From the stone rubble of Roman Lutece to the dazzling stained glass and monumental stonework of glorious gothic cathedrals; from the art and literature of the age of Enlightenment to the music and society of the Belle Epoch; Paris has been at the heart of it all. Paris – the home of haute cuisine, the centre of luxury and style, the city of love and of light. Paris. The name says it all.

These weeks have been an opportunity to see parts of the world with which I am not familiar but want to know more. I have also had the chance to meet some new colleagues in the field of equine facilitated coaching and enjoyed sharing views and experiences. I look forward to the possibility of working with new horses and people outside of British Columbia. Not so long ago I had no idea how I would do this work with horses that I didn’t know intimately. I know now, and have the experience interviewing new horses and getting to know them intimately in a relatively short period of time such that I can understand their strengths, challenges, and suitability in terms of working with people. I don’t think all horses are suited to the kind of horse-human interaction that is required for executive coaching. Some love it and some, well, not so much!

Paris and London are cities where the horse is still in evidence everywhere, not just in statues, monuments and paintings, but live and in the flesh. London in particular still has stables in the centre of the city and one can see civilian horse and rider combinations in Hyde Park any day. I managed to run into mounted police in both London and Paris on this trip. My mounted police friend talks about the magic that horses work on people while on patrol in Vancouver. People who might otherwise be aggressive and unmanageable become willing and cooperative when confronted by an officer sitting on the back of a horse.

Mounted Squad in London

Hyde Park Police

I am heading home in a few days and looking forward to getting back into the work. I miss the interaction of coaching and look forward to reconnecting with clients and starting the next series of workshops. I have had a lot of great feedback from people about the new self-assessment and if you haven’t yet done it, check out the 8 Fold Path of Equus.  It’s a model for looking at where one is in life and what opportunities are there for you to prioritize in your coaching. You don’t have to be horsey to benefit from this self-assessment.

If you want to experience the work with the horses have a look at the Events page for information about upcoming workshops. Or email or call me if you want to have a complimentary chat about equine facilitated coaching and whether or not it is right for you.