Leading With Intent — Horse-Assisted Coaching for Leaders

“Horses mirror the essential qualities of leadership — trust, authenticity, honesty, intuition, listening, a willingness of spirit and intuition. They have no agenda with us. They simply reflect our strength of character, our heart, our internal congruence and our self-limiting perceptions. Horses help us understand that leadership begins with who we are being. Horses help us close the gap between how we actually present ourselves to others and how we think we are being. Connecting to success and becoming a leader in your own life is always a team sport and horses are master teachers in this journey.”

— Julia Felton, Author, Unbridled Success: How the Secret Lives of Horses Can Impact Your Leadership, Teamwork and Communication Skills

Many businesses and organizations are seeking a high performance culture. Culture is about leadership. A constructive culture is defined simplistically as one oriented towards achievement, self- actualization, creativity, participation, valuing people, and one that places a high priority on healthy relationships between people.

At The Mane Intent, we work with individuals and teams to help you take the lead, honing your interpersonal skills for optimal group performance, innovation, endurance and deep personal and professional satisfaction.

Our customized workshops are based on the Twelve “Power of the Herd” Guiding Principles outlined by Linda Kohanov in her book “The Power of the Herd – A Nonpredatory Approach to Social Intelligence, Leadership and Innovation.”


Participants will learn to:

  • Use emotions as information
  • Improve communication skills, including non-verbal
  • Identify how you respond to people and tasks
  • Recognize reactions to stress and pressure
  • Become better listeners
  • Prepare for difficult conversations
  • Discover your authentic leadership style
  • Enhance your decision-making and team work skills
  • Learn the ‘give and take’ of consensual leadership.


 How it Works:

By engaging in ground work exercises with horses in a controlled setting, together we uncover communication and interpersonal behaviours. How the horse reacts to your communication, behavior and body language provides us with clear, intuitive feedback you can use to identify opportunities for teams and individual leadership development. At no point will participants be required to ride or mount a horse.

Each exercise is a combination of demonstration, hands on exploration and guided discussion. This allows participants the opportunity to experience, observe and reflect on how attitude, body language and intent impact what we communicate and the results we get.


Attention Coaches and Consultants:

Working with horses is an ideal opportunity for you to expand your services to your clients by providing them with a memorable experiential learning opportunity.

Consider bringing your clients here for some work with the horses, building upon the work you are currently doing with them. Watching their interaction with the horses will give you more insight into their patterns of interaction and ways of working and will put you in a stronger position to support them.


About Your Lead Facilitator:

Jennifer Garland has over 25 years of leadership experience in communications, marketing and change management supporting a variety of public and private sector clients. She has provided counsel and support to senior leaders from all walks of life to create opportunities to build productive relationships, facilitate learning and to embrace change. She has facilitated strategic planning retreats and team building events for corporate groups with up to 300 participants. As Program Director and founder of The Mane Intent Inc, her intent is to bring horses and humans together to explore new possibilities and experiences that get them out of their comfort zone and give clarity of voice to their leader within.


Contact us:

Our corporate programs are custom designed to fit each clients’ needs. So please contact us for a conversation about how Leading With Intent can best serve you and your team by calling 705-295-6618 or emailing jgarland@themaneintent.ca