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Horse Life Coaching – Syzygy

Local resident Kami Guildner brings horses as the catalyst to help people realize their true gifts and purpose in their lives through her equine guided learning agency, Syzygy TM Coaching. The foundation of this boutique agency is, “grounded in the experience of stories, nature, passion and the power of positive” to take people into their next chapter of life and in leadership.

There are different branches of horse therapy and most people are familiar with Equine Assisted Therapy for both physical and mental purposes. Hippotherapy for example, is a form of physical, occupational and/or speech therapy facilitatied by therapy professionals that gives specific motor and sensory input from the horse. Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding give children and adults legs when they don’t have them, help them coordinate muscles and thoughts through the rhythm of the movement of the horse. Additionally, riding is a great way for people with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors and have freedom and independence. Hippotherapy is physically non-invasive compared to other kinds of physical therapy and the benefits and experiences happen naturally through contact with the horses. Riding strengthens the core muscles and teaches balance while we are together with natural, honest and thoughtful creatures.

On a more mental landscape, corporations utilize equine assisted therapy to build teamwork, communication and to help people work from their strengths and gifts, making happier, better workers and stronger more dynamic companies. Horse handlers and therapists/counselors help participants breakdown and process the experiences with the horses to translate them into lessons learned. Other programs in equine assisted psychotherapy specialize in areas such as troubled youth, substance abuse, and trauma.

The work that Kami does through Syzygy TM is specifically Life Coaching, bringing the horse in as the teacher and guide. She is not a therapist or counselor, but gifted in facilitating the experiences with the horses into life changing realizations for the whole person on both professional and personal levels. No riding is involved and most participants have little to no horse experience. Horses help us to align our thoughts, bring us into the present, help us to communicate more effectively non-verbally as well as listen. Equine guided coaching is considered intensive and experiential. Horses are the keystone to coaching because they live in the moment and reflect the truth of their thoughts and our own.

The equine guided coaching programs Syzygy TM offers include: Life Empowerment Coaching, Leadership Empowerment Coaching, Equine Vision Journey (an equine assisted retreat to discover your next chapter), and Equine Assisted Leadership Workshops.  Syzygy TM also has events for 4-H youth and Mom’s & Daughters.

Kami states, “My coaching and retreats are designed to connect people to the stories in their life that have moved them.  Helps them discover their strengths, passions, values and dreams.  Gives them the courage to step into their journey to launch their next chapter.  The horses take them deeper, reinforce their dreams and intensify their courage. “

For those who have experienced a Syzygy TM retreat, the outcome can be life changing. After working with Syzygy TM, Corey, a marketing thought leader states: “Kami has taught me how to bend but no break. She helped reconnect me to who I am – introducing me to my true gifts, values and talents – which had gotten almost diluted in the extremely complex corporate environment in which I work. I’m thriving in my new role – taking more calculated risks and owning who I am. Most importantly, I have a renewed sense of energy, passion and joy for the future, but also for right now.”

One of Kami’s favorite retreats is the annual Colorado 4-H Equine Vision Journey where our kids who are just starting their life journey get to experience horses in a new way. They learn about their own strengths, values and passions to help them shape their future lives. Syzygy TM waves the tuition for this event and there is availability non-4-H youth as well. There are open spots for this event on July 18-19.

Go to www.syzygy-co.com for more information, upcoming events, testimonials and more. There are openings for the Mom’s & Daughter’s retreat, Emerging Leaders in August and the fall Equine Vision Journey.

“What I wish for everyone:  go out to the barn this summer… slow down to the pace of the horse, tune into the nature around you, breathe in some horse breath, ponder on a question in their life and see what answers come up.” -Kami

Heather McWilliams © 2014

Evergreen Rodeo Weekend and the Year of the Horse!

Join in on the festivities this Father’s Day weekend for the Evergreen Rodeo Parade and two Rodeo Performances at 2pm (gates open at noon) both Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th.  See the full schedule here:  http://evergreenrodeo.com/PDF/weekend_schedule.pdf

As you may know in the Chinese Zodiac calendar it is the Year of the Horse (isn’t every year?!), hence the theme for the parade is the Year of the Horse.  I am excited to be serving as one of the parade judges this year!

Here is an excerpt about the Year of the Horse from ChineseFortuneCalendar.com.:  Horse is one of Chinese favorite animals. Horse provides people quick transportation before automobiles, so people can quickly reach their destinations. Horse even can help people to win the battle. Therefore Horse is a symbol of traveling, competition and victory. That’s why Horse is connected to speedy success in China.

Horses like to compete with others. They pursuit for their freedom, passion and leadership. That implies that people will have busy schedule for their goals in the year of Horse. Horse hour of Chinese Horoscopes is from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. Sunshine generates lots of heat during the Horse hour. Therefore, horse is connected to heat, fire and red. Horses like the social activities, because horses like show off themselves. Since horse is a social animal and red is also connected to love, therefore. horse is treated as a Romantic Star in Chinese Horoscope.

Dragon and Horse are auspicious symbols to Chinese. Chinese said that the best flyer is the sky is Dragon and the best runner on the ground is Horse. Dragon and Horse are the symbols of high-rank, outstanding, noble and leadership. Chinese history book said Horse has 30 percents of Dragon personality. More than 8-foot tall Horse is called Dragon-Horse. There was a Dragon-Horse jumped out of the Yellow River almost 5000 years ago. Fu Xi saw that Dragon-Horse had a diagram on its horseback, which inspired him to invent the I-Ching Pre-Heaven Pa- Kua. Chinese civilization began to take off since that. Chinese sometimes encourage people using the Spirit of the Dragon-Horse. Dragon-Horse Spirit doesn’t mean only a person with full energy as the Dragon-Horse, but also, a person pushing himself to transcend his potential to hold the leadership.

Every Chinese dynasty, Chinese look for sturdy and beautiful stallions. The stallion must be tall and be able to outrun other horses. If the stallion can run one-thousand-Chinese-mile (about 312 miles) a day, then it called one-thousand-Chinese-mile Horse, which means winged steed. One-thousand-Chinese-mile Horses can help the emperors to conquer the nation. Also, a winged steed can save the master’s life by running away swiftly, if the master cannot fight with the enemy.  Today, when a person is called one-thousand-Chinese-mile Horse, that means the person is a hard-to-find, outstanding, experienced elite and knows how to run the business.

One of famous one-thousand-Chinese-mile Horses in China is called Sweat-Blood Horse. They said the sweat of Sweat-Blood Horse is red, when it runs in high speed for a while. According to the study, Sweat-Blood Horse was a Turkmenistan horse breed. One Chinese emperor sent more than 50 thousand soldiers to Turkmenistan to bring back a thousand of Sweat-Blood Horses. But only half of horses arrived China alive.

Genghis Khan built the Mongol Empire by horses. The Mongol Horses were a smaller breed, they were bred for endurance, not for speed like stallions. Genghis Khan conquered Eastern Europe so quickly. Because Eastern European countries never realized Mongol cavalry can arrive their territories so fast and they didn’t have enough time to prepare the defense. They said each Mongol cavalryman had three or four horses. They will change another horse when one got tired. So Mongolian horses can take turn and get some rest. Mongol cavalryman even knew how to sleep in the saddle. That’s why they can travel long distances without stopping. We know horses can sleep while standing. Mongolian horses have a better sleeping skill. When they ran in a group, the horse in the center can sleep while running.

Horse is intelligent animal. Horses need to be trained to become useful to human. Human can make Horse famous. Without human’s guide, Horse just a wild animal. It doesn’t know where to go. There is no destination in its life.