"Equine-assisted learning" can teach teamwork and enhance communication and creativity, the founders of New York-based The Horse Institute say. Before you toss back your mane and give a snort of derision, consider this.

"Horses mirror your intentions" says one owner, meaning they intuit when you're unsure and react accordingly. For instance, a group that had little previous experience was asked to put a halter onto a horse. They look around blankly and watched the horse move away from them.

It's that way at work too. If you're not sure what you're doing, chances are your staff knows that and reacts accordingly. Think through your intentions and make clear what you want, so your staff -- the worker horses -- will get it and do it.

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