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>
New Clinic for 2019
Centered Riding for the Western Dressage Rider
All levels of riders, from beginners to experienced competitors will discover how the Centered Riding basics help to improve comfort, relaxation, communication, confidence and balance for both the horse and rider. All levels and breeds of horses welcome. Keep an eye on the schedule for new dates and locations or click here to learn about hosting your own event.
Learn Horse Speak™
with Heidi Potter and Sharon Wilsie
Horse Speak is a practical system for “listening” and “talking” to horses in their language, instead of expecting them to comprehend ours. Horse Speak can be used by anyone who works with horses, whether riding instructor, colt starter, recreational rider, or avid competitor. It promises improved understanding of what a horse is telling you, and provides simple replies you can use to tell him that you “hear” him, you “get it,” and you have ideas you want to share with him, too.
Learning Horse Speak will
- Enrich the relationship you share with the horses in your life
- Deepen your understanding of horses – what they value and how they communicate
- Show you how your state of being impacts your horse
- Teach you how to communicate with horses in their own language
Upcoming Horse Speak Clinics:
- Horse Speak Phase I Clinic: October 19-21, 2018, Newport, NH
- Horse Speak Phase II Clinic, April 5-7, 2019 Newport, NH
- Horse Speak Immersion: May 3-6, Guilford, VT
- Horse Speak Phase I Clinic: June 21-23, 2019, Sharon, VT
- Horse Speak Phase II Clinic: August 23-25, 2019, Sharon VT
The Mane Stream Interviews Heidi
In an interview with Jennifer Carcaci-Trumble for The Mane Stream, Heidi talks about the evolution of her holistic approach to horses and her personal goals in Western Dressage for herself and Riley. Read it here >
In another interview, Heidi talks about the sport of Western Dressage, how to get started and how it can benefit your horse and your horsemanship. Read the article here
OPEN HEART, OPEN MIND
A Pathway to Rediscovering Horsemanship
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. See what readers are saying >
Order your copy today and take the first step in creating a more enjoyable, safe, trusting partnership with your equine friend.
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.