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Heidi Potter Clinics & Workshops

 

Many of our clinics provide participants an opportunity to learn in the classroom, on the ground with their horses and under saddle. Additional days are often available to offer participants the option for private or semi-private riding or training sessions.

Clinics are open to equestrians of all levels and disciplines, from walk-trot riders to accomplished competitors. They are all designed to be safe, enjoyable and educational. Any and all breeds of horses are welcome to attend, including gaited breeds. Stallions and very young or green horses require prior approval.

Organizing a Clinic

You can bring a Heidi Potter clinic to your area by organizing a clinic. Clinic organizers get a free participant spot in the clinic in exchange for their work to organize the clinic. Click here for information about organizing an event or clinic.

When organizing a clinic, you can work with Heidi to design your own clinic or select one from the list below.

Clinics Offered - Choose from the list below or contact Heidi about designing one to best suit your needs.


Centered Riding Multi-Discipline Open Clinics

Riders of every discipline and level are welcomed to participate in these open clinics. Walk/trot riders to seasoned competitors will benefit from obtaining a thorough understanding of the Centered Riding basics. Participants will learn how to communicate more clearly through their bodies, leading to a more relaxed, trusting and enjoyable relationship with their horse.


Centered Riding for Pleasure Trail Rider Clinics

Pleasure trail riders of all levels and breeds of horses will love this clinic. The goal of this clinic is to explore how the basics of Centered Riding will help participants develop a more safe, secure, balanced and comfortable seat on their horses. Exercises will be taught that can be practiced while out on trail to improve yourself and your horse. This clinic will include Natural Horsemanship ground skills and obstacle work to help establish a more trusting partnership with your horse. Work out of the ring will be included if the facility can safely accommodate it. The goal of this clinic is to help ensure that your future horse experiences will be more safe, comfortable and enjoyable.


Centered Riding for Gaited Horse Riders

Learn the basics of Centered Riding and how they apply to Gaited Horses. Although gaited breeds are welcomed in all of my clinics, this one is designed exclusively for them. Participants will discover how they can ride more securely and comfortably while supporting the natural movement of these special horses. This clinic will help clarify some of the myths in regards to training and riding the gaited horse.


Positive Reinforcement / Clicker Training Workshops

Clicker Training for horses is a valuable tool that helps promote understanding, desire and confidence in your horse. These workshops are designed to introduce the philosophies of this positive reinforcement style of training and the necessary steps to get you started. Clicker training is especially helpful in problem areas such as bathing, fly spraying, clipping, trailer loading, standing quiet for mounting, etc.


Horse Agility Clinic

Horse Agility is a fun way to improve your horsemanship skills, confidence and the overall relationship you share with your horse. It's work promotes safe, respectful and enjoyable partnerships. We start with skills training which helps achieve clear communication and the ability to move your horse through use of body language, not through applying pressure. The obstacle work builds confidence and provides an opportunity to learn more about your horse and how to best support him. Horse Agility training will also improve your overall performance under saddle. These clinics include information on the sport, handling skills training, starter level course work and a mock competition. Some may offer a liberty demo, transitioning to liberty work, liberty work, and an opportunity to tape for OHLA competitions. Horses of all ages and levels are invited as long as they can be safely handled in a group setting.


Centered Riding / Natural Horsemanship Clinic

This two-day clinic is designed to lead participants and their horses to a more safe and trusting relationship. Non-abusive, Natural Horsemanship training techniques, combined with Centered Riding philosophies, offer a well rounded program. The clinic days begin with ground exercises for the humans and move onto ground work with the horses. This format will help participants gain new insights and safely establish respect, confidence and trust with their equine partner. The afternoon sessions include application of these exercises under saddle for improved performance and communication.


Rediscovering Your Horse - Changing Unwanted Behaviors

Communicate and Problem Solve using Positive Reinforcement Training - Having to muscle a horse into submission is not always safe, can be physically difficult and often causes distress. My positive reinforcement approach to working with a horse requires no muscle. Its goal is to establish a connection with the horse based on understanding and trust. This systematic, reward-based training does not scare the horse or send him into flight mode. It causes him to slow down, relax, think and try, creating an action, not a reaction.
Positive Reinforcement Training will help establish a communication system between you and your horse. This system is based on knowledge, patience and empathy. Clicker Training is a prominent component of this this style of training. It is proven to help solve fear issues and retrain undesirable behaviors quickly and more safely than many traditional methods. It can assist you in breaking through the barriers that prevent you and your horse from finding success in all that you do. This approach to horsemanship makes sense to the horse and creates a tremendous amount of “try”. More info >


Gaining Confidence and Building Trust Clinic

This two-day clinic is designed to help participants improve confidence, communication, and control. Learn how to improve both you and your horse’s mental, physical and emotional state. Each day the learning begins in the classroom, proceeds to groundwork with the horse and finishes with exercises under saddle. This progressive format helps riders and horses work in a safe, calm, clear and practical manner. Participation in this clinic will help ensure that your future horse experiences will be more safe and enjoyable. This clinic is complimented by the blending of Centered Riding principals and Natural Horsemanship techniques. Riders of all levels and disciplines are welcome!

Obstacle & Trail Clinic

This clinic is designed to be either a one or two day clinic.The day/s begin with discussion, theory and interactive exercises without the horses. Following that session participants will proceed to in-hand relationship training, skill building and obstacle introduction. The afternoon mounted sessions are divided into two groups based on confidence, skill and experience of the horse/rider teams. The focus will be on understanding what type of support each individual horse needs from its rider in order to become a more safe, trusting and confident partner.

All levels of riders, disciplines and breeds of horses are welcomed. The afternoon mounted beginner sessions are designed for young, green or worried horses (and riders) who would like to improve confidence and develop a more trusting relationship. Participating horses must be controllable under saddle and able to work safely in a group situation. The afternoon mounted intermediate session is designed for horses and riders who have some trail/obstacle experience and would like to improve their communication and skills on more challenging obstacles.

The goal of this clinic is to put the "pleasure" back in pleasure riding along with offering guidance and training techniques to those who may be competing in ACHTA and other obstacle challenges. Regardless of your personal goals, this gentle, progressive approach to trail/obstacle training helps horses & riders improve awareness, communication, control and confidence.

Obstacle Training Workshop, Under Saddle

NECH provides a safe and supportive learning environment where good horsemanship is the focus. Join us as we use obstacles to better understand our equine friends and create a more safe and enjoyable partnership. These workshops are designed to improve communication & confidence under saddle by using calmness, understanding, patience & praise. Sessions include: Basic control exercises, Obstacles in the ring, in our playground and out on the property. Sample obstacles are: bridges, teeter totters, gates, balls, pedestals, tarps, tires, ditches, drags, brooks, pond, along with a variety of other stimulus. Progression is dictated by each group and its' riders. Safety is our #1 priority! Sessions are limited to 8 participants & unlimited auditors. Two sessions are offered to accommodate the beginner rider, the green horse and the intermediate/advanced horse & rider team. All breeds and disciplines are welcomed.


Western Dressage & Obstacle Training Clinic/Compeition Series

With Heidi Potter and Cathy Drumm.

These clinics offer riders of all breeds and levels a chance to improve the training, fitness and confidence of their equine partners. Walk/trot riders to high level competitors will benefit from Heidi's and Cathy's extensive base of knowledge and kind, compassionate, committed teaching style. Cathy's Dressage lessons will focus on teaching the value and performance enhancement of light, correct dressage. Heidi's Obstacle Training will focus on improving confidence and performance in a progressive, safe, positive manner. Both instructors will focus on helping their riders become the most balanced, soft and supportive rider possible.


Changing Unwanted Behaviors

This workshop offers a thoughtful, non-abusive, positive approach to dealing with undesirable behaviors on the ground and under saddle. Learn training techniques designed to safely and progressively open a pathway of communicating with your horse. Examples: Fears/phobias, standing for mounting, trailer loading, giving of hooves, lowering head for halter/bridling, etc.


CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) Standard Instructors Clinic

These 5-day clinics are hosted by CHA accredited host site facilities and are designed for instructors who want to become CHA Certified. Click here to learn more about CHA. For more information on hosting or attending a clinic please visit the CHA website.

 

For more information about any of these clinics call 802-380-3268, or email us at heidi@heidipotter.com.

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Lunging Clinics

Double Lunging teaches the horse to bend properly, remain balanced and use his body correctly.