Heidi Potter Holistic Horsemanship

Heidi & her Cheval Canadian “Riley”


Heidi Potter offers Training and Riding Clinics, Retreats, Workshops, and Presentations on a wide variety of topics including Centered Riding©, Horse Speak®, Horse Agility, Clicker Training, Stress-Free Obstacle Play, Western Dressage, Gaining Confidence, and Instructor Certification through CHA™ (Certified Horsemanship Association).

She welcomes horse enthusiasts of all levels and disciplines interested in improving their riding, handling and communication skills with the goal of creating calmer, safer, more enjoyable partnerships with their equine friends.

Humans (& horses I believe) remember 10% of what you say  and 90% of how you made them feel.

“I want to thank you for all your help, flexibility and care of our horses and us……you are a gem…I knew it when I first started lessons with you…..that you would think of the horse first and then find a way to work with the human up there on its back.” Facility Owner & Student

Centered Riding©

The CR Basics help riders improve balance, security, comfort, confidence and communication.

“I find myself using so many of your insights lately from tack fitting to cantering with my inside arm up. I have had a hard time getting my horse to hold her gait and stay balanced in the canter. When I hold my arm up she doesn’t offer to break gate and is balanced on a very loose rein AND comes down to a walk right when asked without putting her head up! Way more than I had hoped for!  It is amazing how much we get in the way of our horses! Thank you!” Therapeutic Riding Facility Owner, Clinic Host & Student

Horse Speak® An Evolution in Horsemanship

Horse Speak is a practical system developed by founder Sharon Wilsie, for “listening” and “talking” to horses in their own language, using gestures, movement and breath messages. Simply put……….it changes everything!

“I am so grateful to Heidi Potter and her Holistic Horsemanship training, including Horse Speak. This has been both subtle and profound and is something that all of us use daily at FeatherHeart Ranch. Most importantly, it has significantly changed the way we relate to our herd and how they relate with us as humans.” Rescue Facility Owner & Clinic Student

Horse Agility

Improve your horsemanship skills, improve confidence and create  safer, more enjoyable partnerships, all while having fun!


The whole weekend was exactly what we needed — I felt like I had hit a bit of a rut with Swizzle’s training. She has come very far in the year or so that I’ve had her but I know there’s a really cool horse under her tough girl / bossy / dominant exterior. You provided inspiration and the tools to re-start our work together so we don’t stay in that rut.”  Clinic Participant                                               

Teaching Connection & Feel Every Step of the Way


“I really took the principles and applied them to Sam and decided to get on him… He was respectful and confident … These principles work… And ZERO harsh methods… All about the relationship!” Horse Speak Clinic Participant


“I’m speechless. This is our path now & I’m eager to walk along it correctly. I’m not much of a crier but was instantly overwhelmed with awe & the tears just poured down my face. It was so powerful. Thank you. I’m eternally grateful for your guidance & presence.” Clinic Participant

Create a New Beginning…..Choose Your Event & Reserve your Spot Today! 2020 Calendar (Look for Early Bird Discounted Rates. Enrollment limited to 8-12 Participants for most events.)

A Pathway to Rediscovering Horsemanship by Heidi Potter

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.