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“Horsing Around" Might Make You a Better Leader

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  You may have heard of equine therapy before, where horses are used to help people recover from mental and physical challenges.  But what you may not know is that it is also used to help professionals gain confidence and assertiveness, improve communication and relationship skills, and become better leaders by learning how to build effective and more collaborative teams of employees.

Mike Switzer interviews Jessica Fry, founder of Wild Hearts Equine Therapy Center in Seneca, SC.


After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.