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Heidi Potter Holistic Horsemanship
Heidi Potter

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. More >

Now available - Heidi's new book,
Open Heart, Open Mind,
A Pathway to Rediscovering Horsemanship

Open Heart, Open Mind, by Heidi Potter
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Heidi's recently completed book, Open Heart, Open Mind is now available! Click here for a peek at the contents and introduction.

Open Heart, Open Mind, A Pathway to Rediscovering Horsemanship 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.

Order your copy now with PayPal, or use this order form. $27.95 per copy, plus $3.50 shipping. 6% sales tax is applied when shipping to Vermont.

Upcoming Clinics & Presentations

Sept 27-29, 2017


Guilford VT

Piet Nibblelink hosted by Heidi Potter


Piet Nibblelink Relationship Clinic

Piet travels from his native Netherlands to spend 6 days of relationship training with us. Both clinics are full for participating w/a horse but open to two forms of auditing.

These 3-day groundwork clinics include discussions, interactive exercises with humans and playing with horses, primarily at liberty. Improve your self-awareness & learn the subtleties of body language needed to truly understand and communicate mindfully with your equine partner.

Don’t miss this chance to discover “the missing link” in your horsemanship and forever change the relationship you share with your equine partner.

Participants: 9 am- 5 pm

Auditors: 10 am- 5 pm

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October 9, 2017

Full Circle Farm
Newport, NH

Obstacle/Trail Mini Clinics

Monday, October 9, 2017
2 Sessions: 9-12:00 and 1-4:00

Obstacle Fun finished off with a Fall Trail Ride. What could be better? Join me on Monday, October 6th at the beautiful Full Circle Farm in Newport, NH.Obstacle/Trail Mini-Clinics designed to improve confidence and build trust in a safe, steady, progressive, mindful manner.

Two groups: 9-12:00 & 1-4:00. Each session includes a short workshop, in-hand check in, obstacle practice and ends with a short trail ride for those that are ready.

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December 1, 2017


Centered Riding Open Clinic Day

Discover how to ride more comfortably and confidently with the CR Basics. Learn skills to help you release tension, improve communication and develop a more effective, balanced seat. Riders of all levels & styles of riding are welcome, from seasoned competitors, to walk/trot pleasure riders, to the gaited horse lover.

December 2, 2017

Horse Agility Open Clinic and Competition

Fairwinds Farm
North Kingstown, RI


Hosted by Darlene Evans
401-742-3970 or contactdarlene@gmail.com

Fairwinds Farm
15 Rodman Lane
North Kingstown, RI 02852

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February 3-10, 2018

Nosara, Costa Rica

Heidi Potter, Equisol, Beach Ride

Holistic Equestrian Retreat

This all inclusive equestrian vacation is being hosted at the Finca Austria, a 150-acre ranch in the hills of Nosara. Enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean, sunset, river and jungle. This special holistic equine vacation includes daily Yoga, Centered Riding & Natural Horsemanship, trail and beach rides, swimming with the horses and time for relaxation, restoration and adventure..

Visit http://www.equisolretreats.com/#!centered-riding/cv9u for more information. For further inquiry or to make a reservation contact Heidi Blackman: info@equisolretreats.com or 949-209-8755. Space is limited.

Photos from the 2016 retreat >

Check out this video from the 2016 retreat and see the beautiful setting, groundwork, our beach ride and horses rolling in the river!

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Quick Reads, Great Info

Back to Basics
Reconnect and Build Trust with Centered Riding Basic

Published in
Equine Wellness Magazine, August/September 2016

Using Centered Riding basics has a positive effect on both you and your horse!

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See what Heidi's clinic participants and students say.

Read Heidi's Interview with NAWD

Never Stop Learning!

Don't Lose Your Guppies!

Why a Picadero?

Help Your Horse Build Confidence

Say Whoa

My Personal Colic Success Story

backing from gentle touch

Horse Agility - for Minis too!

Dales pony

Building concentration and connection.

Centered Ridign body work

Centered Riding bodywork.

Developing Feel

"Squaring up" in Colorado

Horse agility
Building confidence with Horse Agility
Improve balance & core strength from the comfort of your living room

Mission Statement

Improving relationships between horses and their humans using compassion, understanding, patience, and praise.

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Heidi Potter Holistic Horsemanship
New England Center for Horsemanship,
761 Weatherhead Hollow Road, Guilford, VT 05301
802-380-3268; Heidi@HeidiPotter.com