HorseWhis­perer helps Lead the Way

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A Horowhenua-based cou­ple is of­fer­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion and lead­er­ship cour­ses us­ing horses, to teach com­mu­ni­ca­tion and lead­er­ship skills.

An­drew Frog­gatt and part­ner Sam Glaze­brook run Lead the Way, us­ing horses to help clients with com­mu­ni­ca­tion, re­la­tion­ship and lead­er­ship devel­op­ment.

Clients have in­cluded troubled chil­dren, busi­nesses like Fon­terra, Ice­breaker and Crown Law and high-per­for­mance coaches like All Black boss Steve Hansen and Black Caps coach Mike Hes­son.

Frog­gatt and Glaze­brook shifted their five horses, four chil­dren, cat and dog to their 8.5 acre prop­erty on SH1, south of Manakau in Horowhenua re­cently.

Their cour­ses use horses as teach­ing tools. Par­tic­i­pants in­ter­act with them and study their per­for­mance us­ing video anal­y­sis.

Glaze­brook said the cour­ses were use­ful for those in lead­er­ship roles.

‘‘If you can’t mo­ti­vate your horse be­hind you, how are you go­ing to mo­ti­vate your staff?’’

She said any­body was able to take the cour­ses, re­gard­less of whether they had pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence with horses.

Be­fore at­tend­ing, par­tic­i­pants com­plete a ques­tion­naire and are paired with a horse.

Frog­gatt and Glaze­brook launched their busi­ness about four years ago. Frog­gatt re­leased a book, The Horse Whis­perer, re­veal­ing his se­crets ear­lier this year.

Born in Welling­ton, Frog­gatt said he’d walk the 12-kilo­me­tre round trip over the hills be­tween his fam­ily home and his grand­par­ents’ house in Ohariu Val­ley to see the an­i­mals.

He grad­u­ated with an ad­vanced cer­tifi­cate in horse busi­ness man­age­ment.

Frog­gatt has a rep­u­ta­tion for de­vel­op­ing re­la­tion­ships with horses many others gave up on.

He said treat­ing horses is sim­i­lar to treat­ing chil­dren, grad­u­ally set­ting boundaries where needed and prais­ing pos­i­tive be­hav­iour.

PHOTO: ADAM POULOPOULOS

Sam Glaze­brook and An­drew Frog­gatt with horses Lochie and Yella.

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