Heidi and Riley


Heidi Potter is a professional horsewoman who is well known and respected for her clear, kind and consistent style of teaching and training. Horses and humans alike benefit from her extensive knowledge and gentle approach. As a natural style trainer she specializes in the gentle and progressive way of working with horses. Her ability to read the horse and then progress with calmness, clarity and consistency has proven successful in building trusting and respectful partnerships between horses and their humans.

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What is Holistic Horsemanship?

It’s an approach to horsemanship based on what is truly important to the horse, what makes sense to him and what is needed to develop a safe, mutually respectful and trusting partnership. Holistic Horsemanship depends on the mindfulness, self-awareness and compassion of the human. Its goal is to nurture and protect the mind, body and spirit of the horse in every interaction, whether at liberty, in hand or under saddle.

Heidi’s approach to working with horses will teach you how to meet your horse on a deeper, more meaningful level.  Working with Heidi, you will develop the skills required to communicate in a clear, meaningful way with your horse, a way he can understand, a way based on relationship training rather than dominance.

Join Heidi on this fascinating journey of Holistic Horsemanship.  Its principals and philosophies are in everything Heidi does, every horse she interacts with and every clinic she teaches, regardless of topic. The benefits will enhance your horsemanship and just might enhance your life at the same time.  Read more >

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A Pathway to Rediscovering Horsemanship

Heidi’s recently completed book, Open Heart, Open Mind is now available! See what readers are saying >

Open Heart, Open Mind was written for the horse and the horse lover. Follow Heidi, Master Instructor, Clinician and Trainer as she shares how the value of mindfulness, understanding and compassion towards horses will guide you to a truly natural and holistic form of horsemanship, one based on understanding and connection, rather than dominance. Discover how her journey in Traditional Martial Arts and the application of Eastern Philosophies combine to create the “Five Elements of Successful Horsemanship”, Breathing, Centering, Grounding, Awareness, Mindfulness, and Blending. Learn how these elements can enhance your horsemanship along with your daily life.

This 140 page, beautifully illustrated book includes exercises, case studies, lessons in horsemanship and the successes and failures of working with horses of many levels, ages, breeds and temperaments. Does your horse have any undesirable behaviors that you would like to change? Read about Positive Reinforcement Training methods and how they can be used to reshape those behaviors in a safe, effective and enjoyable manner.

This book has something for all horse lovers, whether you are an accomplished equestrian, an educated trainer, a therapy program volunteer or brand new to horses.

Order your copy today and take the first step in creating a more enjoyable, safe, trusting partnership with your equine friend.

2018 Retreats

I am so excited to offer horsemanship and riding retreats in two beautiful locations this summer!

Centered Riding – Holistic Horsemanship Retreat
Bitterroot Ranch, Dubois, Wyoming
July 22-29, 2018

This will be a memorable, all-inclusive week-long retreat at the beautiful Wyoming Bitterroot Ranch. Immerse yourself in horses by being and living with over 200 horses of varying breeds, abilities and training levels. Enjoy learning holistic horsemanship techniques designed to improve communication & understanding on the ground, Centered Riding lessons to improve overall balance, confidence & comfort, & guided pleasure trail rides in the vast Wyoming countryside. Participants will enjoy living in cozy, rustic cabins surrounded by mountains and streams, wholesome, healthy meals and time visiting the baby pasture. Optional activities include Yoga, a rodeo, cattle sorting and square dancing.

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For more info contact Hadley Fox: hadley@equitours.com; 800-545-0019.


Holistic Horsemanship Trail Riders Retreat
Mackinac Community Equestrian Center,
Mackinac Island, Michigan
September 9-16, 2018

Journey back in time on Mackinac Island, well known for its miles of horse trails, beautiful scenery, history and it’s adherence to the 1898 ordinance banning “horseless” carriages, aka, the automobile. Retreat guests will enjoy a simpler way of life while learning more about creating trusting and enjoyable relationships with horses.

This unique retreat offers riders of all disciplines and levels, from walk/trot to seasoned competitors, a chance to slow down and embrace all that Heidi’s approach to Holistic Horsemanship has to offer. Guests will be transported daily via horse taxi from the Inn to the Mackinac Community Equestrian Center.

This educational and inspirational week will include workshops, in-hand work, mounted instruction and trail rides all designed to improve comfort, confidence and communication both on the ground and in the saddle.

Retreat limited to 12 participants plus non-riding guests. Don’t delay in reserving your spot!

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Hosting a Clinic is Easy!

And hosts earn  a free spot in the clinic!  Learn what’s involved in hosting.  Choose from one of Heidi’s standard clinics or contact Heidi about designing an event tailored especially for you and your group.