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I have loved horses for as long as I can remember, I recall sitting on the fence and looking at my grandparents old mare grazing and just wanting to drink in the time with her. Many of my happiest hours have been spent with horses – as to be fair have some of my saddest – needing to let go of a horse you are not ready to let go of. 

I have failed my horses often enough – I cannot say that I have never seen myself as their boss, wanted them to listen to me … and in fact even now when I am in a hurry and they would prefer to slowly saunter to the field eating the acorns (they shouldn’t – for health reasons) as they do – they can exasperate me. And yes I will raise my voice … horse whisperer is not my name…

At the same time my desire to have a positive relationship with my horses, my desire to build a mutual process of leadership has been motivating me to keep on learning about my horses, their habits and how they are together as a herd. Recently I realised that really when I work with my horses I am a student of herdship – I want to learn how they so fluidly organise around their clarity of purpose. 

I see my interactions with my horses as an action research into herdship. Much of that happens when I hang out with them on my own, when I feed them move them and shovel their shit. All the wisdom I extract from that travels with me as I work in organisations with my colleagues and friends at Still Moving. 

As my inquiry into herdship deepens I will start to move the silent language of leadership work into herdship work …