The Horse Course© provides a very unique leadership workshop that will expose and challenge traits, behaviors and any cognitive bias in an engagement with one or more 1000 pound animals. Diane and her team create a wonderful blend of exercises for individuals and teams. Team members receive immediate feedback from the horses and later, gather in small groups to review key topics for lessons learned. The other advantage in the entire experience is the outdoor classroom. Highly recommend the learning development opportunity.
— President, Market Leading Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturer

The Horse Course©

Harnessing communication skills for leaders and their teams.

The Horse Course© inspires authentic communication and confident leadership, engaging the brain, heart and gut awareness to bring connection to teams and their leaders. During this workshop horses become the teachers for learning about teamwork, leadership, communication, problem-solving and personal insights in this powerful form of experiential learning.  

Diane Dean and Michelle Hefner facilitate the activities with these amazing animals to maximize the insights and lessons learned.  The Horse Course is a dynamic simulation of life and business.

Who Should Attend the Horse Course©?

The course is designed for leaders who want to bring their teams together to learn in a positive, outdoor, and fun environment.  Women's groups, sports teams, religious groups, non-profit boards/teams and corporate teams who value partnerships, communicating and accomplishing goals creatively, can benefit from interacting with horses and with each other.  

Where Is The Horse Course?

The Horse Course is held on the beautiful Hy Court Farm, in Cedar Creek, TX,  owned by Hazel Clinton. The ranch has a picturesque setting with a large covered arena, large open arena and several round pen areas in which we can learn from the horses. 

Diane Dean
Diane Dean is a Master Certified Coach, Trainer, Facilitator with a Masters degree in psychology and a Management Consultant with over 20 years experience.  She is an experienced horsewoman who has combined her passions for horses and coaching in The Horse Course©. 

Michelle Hefner
Michelle Hefner has a BA, teaching certification from UT Austin, and is a certified equine professional with the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association.  For the past 11 years, she has worked as a farrier, horse trainer and riding instructor.  She has combined all aspects of her education to form Zen Horse, unique equine encounters promoting personal growth and creativity.


Hy Court Farm
4656 FM535
Cedar Creek, TX 78612

I was so surprised to find myself more aware of my affect on my team, and theirs on me as I went through the course. What a wonderful memorable way to grow together!
— Liz Deering, Co-Founder of The Un.Incubator

What makes horses such powerful teachers?

Like humans, horses are social animals with defined roles among their peers.  They have distinct personalities and attitudes, and experience a variety of emotions.  However, they also have many qualities that are admired and aspired to by humans, such as perfect honesty, unconditional acceptance, and instant forgiveness.  Horses have the ability to mirror exactly what the human body is telling them physically and emotionally through nonverbal communication. 

Working with horses during these activities requires both mental and physical engagement.  Horses' intimidating size and power give amazing metaphors in learning to deal with challenging and intimidating situations within all working environments. If you can learn to use 'horse sense' in managing your teams, you'll have more successful business relationships and reduced stress and tension in accomplishing your goals.

The day spent at the Horse Course had a lasting impact on our team dynamics in part by challenging our sedimented professional relationships and facilitating re-connection on many levels.  It was one of the most memorable team experiences I have had in any setting.
— Cactus May, Communications Consultant
Leaders who can’t harness intelligence in body and brain—head, heart and gut aligned— are at a distinct disadvantage in today’s complex and volatile business environment.
— Chief Learning Officer Magazine