HorseDream®  The Corporate Approach

Personal And Professional Development

HorseDream Israel. Nikki Kagan.

Horse Assisted Education International

The Worldwide HorseDream® Training Program



In a horse, reality and vision are uniquely connected. Learning with a horse requires one hundred percent concentration, presence and awareness. A horse is absolutely a real being. On the other hand, there has been a mythological connection with the horse for thousands of years – the horse itself is a legend, a dream, a vision. The HorseDream® concept unites reality and vision.


The individual horse embodies pride, strength, beauty, freedom, courage and energy just the same as it does sensitivity, caution, and the ever present readiness to flee. It is willing to serve humans and it does this both from the position of being dominated and through entirely voluntary participation. Apart from that, the horse herd conveys the feeling of protection and security, inclusiveness and cooperation as well as self confidence and contentedness.


The HorseDream® approach helps to create a new culture in the company.




In past centuries all leaders were trained with the help of horses. Working with horses fosters courage, strength, creativity and willingness to take risks, but at the same time also fosters a sense of responsibility, reliability, patience and determination.


“To be led” means to follow voluntarily. In its most pronounced form it should ensure the independence and willingness to take risks in moving forward in the direction the leader desires.


And the horse? Who does the horse follow? The horse follows a person precisely then, when they demonstrate self confidence, trustworthiness, clarity, credibility and are goal oriented.


As one of our participants put it, “To date I have read a lot about leadership, but today I felt what leadership is.” The horse directly mirrors a person’s outward manner of leading and their internal attitude. It helps us to recognize our strengths and weaknesses and sometimes it only takes a small self-correction for us to become more like our “real selves”.



Where people work together there are always issues that cost time and energy. These can be caused by external or internal factors. When teams are newly formed it takes some time to get rid of reservations and build trust.


Sometimes communication fails just because of misunderstandings, or because the connection doesn’t take place in a reasonable way, or perhaps because information has been exchanged before people have found the right approach to each other.


In the horse-assisted training’s learning environment, teams grow together in an extremely short period of time. In the two 4-hour sessions, they pass through so to speak, the four phases of the team development process (according to Tuckman): Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing – or, according to Christoph V. Haug: Test phase, Infighting phase, Organisational phase and Working phase.


Leadership is not a right—it’s a privilege others grant us when we present ourselves as someone worthy of following. And the only real “rule” about being an effective and worthy leader is to be “congruent”. Leadership is about showing up as you are, who you are. Our programs are designed to help people learn what true congruence feels like—and the power that we radiate when we are living authentically.


Leadership is not limited to business. We are all leaders in our own right, navigating both our personal and professional lives. To be effective, we must be willing to deepen our self-­awareness: “How do I show up to others? What triggers me and why...?” We must also become more interested in and attuned to others’ thoughts and feelings: “Do I express curiosity or judgment with others? Am I willing to own my reactions in response to their actions…?” And we must strive for clarity in our thoughts, our communication and our actions.


When we experience the impact of our presence, we never forget the lessons. Equine Assisted Leadership Development provides an unforgettable experience through which the seeds of learning come from within us. The horses provide the ‘live stage’ upon which we can witness firsthand the type of influence we are having at any given moment. Their undeniable presence beckons us to be our ‘best selves’—communicating with our intentions and body language as the only common forms of communication.



Working with horses allows people to experience leadership principles in a new way. Our "HorseSense" approach draws upon non-­mounted, hands-­on exercises with horses designed to meet unique and specific objectives. Each program is created around fundamental principles in how we show up—how we relate, communicate and lead. Intermittent coaching opportunities help participants understand and embrace the lessons learned by exploring parallels between interactions with the horses and those they are experiencing in other areas of their lives. We provide individuals and teams with a unique opportunity to learn how to better communicate with integrity and authenticity, remain confident in the face of uncertainty, and expand their capabilities.


HorseSense International has been a lifetime member of EAHAE since 2007, has been a featured speaker of EAHAE 10th and 11th Annual Conferences and is now representing all of Israel as HorseDream Israel. In partnership with Leslie Kagan of Kagan Associates, Boston, MA, we have jointly coached leadership teams in the US, Europe and Israel.

Nikki Kagan



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