Strengthen team development and performance


Michelle Sharp, CEO UNICEF NZ


10 out of 10…. I could not recommend this more highly and will definitely be back!”

“Whether you are building a new team, you have someone joining a well established team,or you have a business problem to solve, a day out of the office at Salta Horses is a unique and powerful way to promote critical thinking and team building.

I found the interaction with the horses teased out different perspectives, helped us resolve issues from another angle and we were able to see colleagues let down their barriers and be their true self.

Thank you Deirdre and team (two legged and four legged) for such a memorable


Work with the Salta Horses herd combined with a facilitated process, will empower your team to take a creative approach to overcoming workplace challenges. 


We offer half-day, full day and multi-day programmes in North Canterbury, customised to
meet the outcomes you are seeking for your organisation. Rates are negotiable for not-for-
profit and community organisations.

LeadON - Hands on leadership development

Those "hard to put your finger on skills" that make a leader truly effective are more in demand than ever before.

This unique practical leadership programme is designed for emerging leaders and those seeking to improve their soft skills. It combines one on one coaching with outdoor personal development work with the horses as teachers.


The programme;

LeadON runs over six weeks and is limited to four participants per programme.

Part One - Initial discovery session at your workplace with results based coach Deirdre Ryan to gain an understanding of your unique leadership challenges and opportunities.


Part Two - An unforgettable day of outdoor hands-on learning with the horses, providing unfiltered, real-time feedback on your leadership practice.

This part of the programme is specifically designed to strengthen effective leadership through improving your self- awareness, emotional regulation, empathy and communication skills.


Part three - Two follow up coaching sessions with Deirdre Ryan, aimed to apply and consolidate your leadership practice.


Ongoing workplace coaching is available by arrangement.


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What you will learn


Today’s busy lifestyle and fast-paced work environments leave little room for us to focus on the present moment. Being around horses encourages us to focus on the here and now - their sheer size and presence cannot be ignored. This state of mindfulness creates the space for reflection, creativity and change.

Our interactions with the horses can sometimes reflect what is happening in the workplace, allowing for safe and solutions-focused conversations. You will discover new ways of working with colleagues and learn how to think outside the square in order to problem-solve together.

Horses are also great equalisers because they respond to us honestly, regardless of our status in the workplace. Observing herd dynamics can help us to recognise patterns and behaviours in our own organisation that we may wish to change.

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How it works

Through our experiential learning and development programmes, you’ll explore workplace
challenges and opportunities through interacting with the horses.
This unique facilitated process enables collaboration, communication and accelerates the
learning process.
You’ll interact with our horses in a safe, enclosed area and remain on the ground with no horse riding involved, no horse experience necessary.



- Stronger team cohesion and leadership.

- Greater diversity of approaches and thinking.

- Greater clarity of team purpose and shared values.

- Deeper self-awareness.

- Improved change management processes.

- New strategic insights.

You’ll need to dress for the weather, with closed-in, sturdy footwear.



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