Interested in a Demo?

Considering booking the Horse Course as a team-building activity for your company, nonprofit or volunteer team? Our spring demo is a great way to experience it first hand. We'll walk through a series of obstacle courses, as the horses teach us through their natural responses to you and the other participants. Horses are naturally alert to your every move and your energy, just like your team members. Come join this demo to get a sense for how horses reveal the true social dynamics of your communication, we promise you'll want to book the course for your whole team!

The Horse Course©

Who is it for?

Any team that wants to increase their productivity and innovation! A recent Google study revealed that the biggest barrier of success for teams is lack of alignment. The Horse Course brings alignment through revealing your communication patterns. 

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.  

How does it work?  

We customize each session for your needs. The horses are the teachers and learning happens rapidly when you are in an unfamiliar environment. Note, there is no riding in this course, and there's no previous experience with horses required.

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

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.


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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