Services

Instruction, Clinics & Other Services

Heidi teaches at the New England Center for Horsemanship (NECH) and abroad, offering lessons, training, clinics, and workshops. She offers riding instruction to equestrians of all levels and disciplines from beginners to seasoned competitors. Heidi has experience teaching and riding most breeds of horses, including Gaited breeds. Her clientele includes students of Western, English, Trail, Bareback, Obstacle/Versatility, Dressage (Western & English) and Pleasure. She is very experienced in assisting riders wanting to gain or regain confidence.

Heidi specializes in the use of Bitless Bridles and offers evaluation sessions to see if going “bitless” might be the answer to your troubles. If your horse tosses his head, chomps on the bit, braces against your hands, gets his tongue over the bit, or offers you resistance in the bridle he may be a candidate. Heidi recommends ruling out pain by having a vet, chiropractor, and equine dentist evaluate your horse as the first step in problem solving.  Read Jess’s Bitless Bridle Success Story >  and visit our Resources page for Bitless Bridle options.

Clients are welcomed to trailer in their horses for lessons at NECH. Heidi will also travel to your location. The cost of training or instructing abroad varies based on distance.  Heidi frequently offers a lesson day a following a clinic.  Lesson fees are

  • On Farm Private Lesson Fees: $65 Hour Private/$55 Semi or Group
  • Off-Farm Private Lessons Fees: $75 Hour Private/$65 Semi or Group, plus travel fee. Within the New England area travel fees are based on round-trip mileage.  The first 30 miles are included and anything over that is $.50 per mile.
  • Clinic Participant Lesson Fees: $65 Hour Private/$55 Semi or Group.   An optional lesson day is added to many clinics

Training

Heidi offers training for horses of all ages, all breeds and at all stages of development. Her gentle training program is designed to train new behavior and/or re-school undesirable behavior in a positive, calm, clear and consistent manner. Her goal is to improve the communication and understanding between horses and their humans in order to create a more safe and enjoyable relationship. She shares the work of Piet Nibbelink (student of Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling) and Sharon Wilsie, founder and author of Horse Speak.

Clinics, Workshops & Retreats

Heidi offers a variety of clinics, workshops and 7-day retreats designed for equestrians of all levels and disciplines. Hosts also have the option of customizing their own event to suit the needs and desires of their staff, students, boarders and horse friends. All events are designed to be fun, safe and educational. Click here for information about Hosting a Clinic or to view a List of Clinic Topics.

Clinic fees are based on type and length of clinic and travel distance. Contact Heidi for more information: heidi@heidipotter.com or 802-380-3268

Phone Consultation

If you are looking for advice concerning your horses’ behavior, evaluating a horse prior to purchase or problem solving on the ground or under saddle then let’s talk. Sending in a video prior to your call can assist in helping both you and your horse. However, this is not a requirement.  Fees for Phone Consultation are 30-minute session $35; 60-minute session $50

Contact Heidi at heidi@heidipotter.com to make an appointment.

Pre-Purchase Evaluation

Heidi offers prospective owners insights into temperament, training, personality and suitability of horses they are looking to purchase. In person evaluation fees are the same as “Off-farm Instruction”. Phone Consultation can also be a good first step.

Equine Legal Consultation

Heidi Potter is available for consultation regarding equine liability cases. She has provided evaluations and/or expert testimony for equine facilities and horse owners since 2009. To inquire please call 802-380-3268 or email heidi@heidipotter.com.