HorseWhisperer helps Lead the Way
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.
Sam Glazebrook and Andrew Froggatt with horses Lochie and Yella.