Supporting this pilot study is a perfect fit for us,” said Eileen Tighe, of Winning With Horse Power. “Our provider associates are in many different specializations, but using equine-guided experiences to develop emotional intelligence is integral to all.
Merritt Island, FL (PRWEB) May 04, 2012
Winning With Horse Power is partnering with the Center for Leadership Development at the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture in Lexington to raise funds for a pilot study in equine-guided leadership education (EGLE).
This month, the Center for Leadership Development will launch a six-month study to provide preliminary data on the effectiveness of collaborating with horses to teach emotional intelligence and leadership competencies, a process known as equine- guided leadership education.
The study is a collaboration between nursing researchers from UK HealthCare and social science researchers from the Center for Leadership Development, which is part of the UK College of Agriculture and under the leadership of Director Patricia Dyk. The long-range goal will be to secure future funding for larger research projects.
Florida-based Winning With Horse Power is a global umbrella organization of equine experiential learning providers, dedicated to advancing awareness of the field and connecting businesses, organizations and individuals with providers around the world.
For each new provider who joins the Winning With Horse Power directory between now and June 30, the organization will donate $50 to the Center’s research fund for this and future studies. Direct tax deductible donations to the study are accepted through the University, with details at Winning With Horse Power.
“Supporting this pilot study is a perfect fit for us,” said Eileen Tighe, president and CEO of Winning With Horse Power. “Our provider associates are in many different specializations, but using equine-guided experiences to develop emotional intelligence is integral to all of them as well as their clients.”
The study will compare the before and after emotional intelligence (EQ) assessments of both a control group and an experimental group of up to 15 nurses each. Researchers will also examine qualitative surveys of those in the experimental group who will experience a one-day equine-guided learning workshop designed to increase their EQ skills at work.
The basic premise of equine-guided education is that horses are natural coaches, with an innate ability to interpret and mirror human behavior. Equine-assisted learning experiences are professionally facilitated horse-human interactions and exercises geared to helping people develop insights that can be applied in the workplace and in their personal lives.
“There is an abundance of anecdotal evidence that suggests experiential learning with horses is effective at building competencies,” said Lissa Pohl, the Center’s co-investigator and project lead. “However, for this promising field to become even more credible in the eyes of those who want to utilize this powerful learning method, there needs to be academic research conducted and published in peer reviewed journals showing this to be the case.”
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UK Center for Leadership Development: Lissa Pohl
Lissa.pohl(at)uky(dot)edu or 859-257-2748