Open Heart, Open Mind
A Pathway to Rediscovering Horsemanship
by Heidi Potter
In Open Heart, Open Mind, A Pathway to Rediscovering Horsemanship, Heidi shares the value of mindfulness, understanding and compassion towards horses with exercises, case studies and lessons in 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. Order your copy today and take the first step in creating a more enjoyable, safe, trusting partnership with your equine friend.
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Horse Speak The Equine-Human Translation Guide & Horses In Translation
Horse Speak, The Equine Human Translation Guide is not about a training method or technique—it outlines 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.
The result? Time with your horse will be full of what horse trainer and equine-assisted learning instructor Sharon Wilsie of Wilsie Way Horsemanship calls Conversations, and soon the all-too-common misunderstandings that occur between horse and human will evolve into civil discussions with positive and progressive results! Learn Horse Speak in 12 easy steps; understand equine communication via breath and body language; and discover the Four Gs of Horse Speak: Greeting, Going Somewhere, Grooming, and Gone. Practice regulating your intensity, and sample dozens of ready-made Conversations with your horse, as step-by-step templates and instructional color photographs walk you through the eye-opening process of communicating on a whole new level.
Horses In Translation
With her landmark first book Horse Speak: The Equine–Human Translation Guide, trainer Sharon Wilsie upended conventional methods of human–equine communication (using words and ropes, for example) with her clear classification of the language horses use with each other (body, breath, and intent), as well as an unparalleled explanation of how we as humans can effectively mirror it. Learning to “listen” and “talk” to horses in their language, instead of expecting them to comprehend ours, is a milestone in the progressive philosophy of horsemanship, helping find positive solutions to behavior and training problems and ultimately leading to fewer misunderstandings between horses and humans.
Essential Horse Speak – Continuing the Conversation
In 2016 Sharon Wilsie’s Horse Speak: The Equine—Human Translation Guide broke new ground for anyone who works with horses, providing a practical system to “listening” and “talking” to horses in their language instead of expecting them to understand ours. Now Wilsie has provided the most complete guide to Horse Speak ever. Those familiar with Wilsie’s work will find novel ideas that have developed since the first book was released, and those new to Horse Speak will be supported with fundamental lessons that will allow them to start having authentic “conversations” with their horses during their very next trip to the barn. With a focus on how horse training methods in general can be improved with certain small changes in movement and mindset, Wilsie has once again created a resource of immense value across the equestrian spectrum.
- Solidify basic language skills—General Horse Speak fundamentals, plus new discoveries.
- Observe the horse’s environment and movement signals—The “Chessboard of Life” and how horses negotiate it.
- Know the Buttons and what they do—The 15 communication centers on the horse’s body, plus new connections and Conversations.
- Understand herd dynamics and your horse’s type—Personality and energy types to assist you in understanding the role your horse is playing in his daily interactions.
- Explore the circular nature of horse Conversations—How the Four Gs and IINN help you remember where you are in a Conversation with your horse.
- Start the Conversation outside the box—Safe and effective ways to initiate connection and source breakthroughs from a distance and in environments other than arenas.
- Invite the horse to come with you—Best practices for haltering, leading, and backing up in hand so it is less challenging and a more rewarding experience for both you and your horse.
- Advance your body language at liberty and on the longe line—Keys to developing the rapport we desire with a horse by understanding his balances and imbalances on the ground.
- Ride with a new perspective—Take all that you have learned about communicating with the horse on the ground and bring it to your shared experience in the saddle.
- PLUS, use the one-of-a-kind Dictionary of Horse Speak to find out how to know what your horse is telling you, how to say things in reply to him, and how Horse Speak can help you fix common training and behavior problems.
- With illuminating sections on basic handling, groundwork, and ridden work, Wilsie gives readers everything they need to improve the training techniques they already use by enhancing both horse and human understanding of the process and the goals. The result is improved behavior, enhanced performance, and a happier, healthier equine partner in whatever you choose to pursue together.
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These Combination Book Specials will provide you with all you need to begin again. Open Heart, Open Mind will bring about renewed awareness of yourself, your energy and how you affect your horses’ behavior and performance. This book includes valuable insights and tools to help you become the person your horse needs you to be. You are half of the partnership!
Horse Speak & Essential Horse Speak will give you the exact and specific means to be able to enter into a meaningful conversation with your horse. It will open your eyes to all he is saying within the herd and to you directly. These books decode the horse’s language and teach you how to converse with all horses in their language. You’ll learn how to listen and how to respond in a way that makes sense to the horse, enhancing and enriching everything you do!
These books will lead you to a more holistic, truly natural, pathway to rediscovering your horse. The result is safer, calmer, more enjoyable partnerships with your equine friends.
Buy two books for less than the cost of a one-hour riding lesson and keep the lessons forever! Order yours today and bring your relationship to the next level. Enjoy!
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Horse Speak Webinars & Online Courses
Learn from Horse Speak founder Sharon Wilsie in the comfort of your own home. Horse Speak Live Webinars are full of information and images, with many containing live video footage. Attendees will have a chance to participate in a live question and answer session at the end of each webinar. Each webinar is turned into an online course which includes a recorded version to watch and re-watch, a printable “Skill Builder“ document to aid in practice at the barn, and a quiz to test their newfound knowledge. View the Horse Speak page for a complete list of resources that will get you on your way to improving communication, building trust, and creating the bond that you both are seeking.
Phone Consultation with Heidi
Get coaching and guidance without leaving home! Heidi can help you better understand your horse, change undesirable behaviors and improve your riding and handling skills. A consultation visit with Heidi can help the pleasure trail rider who wants to experience safer, more enjoyable rides, the Western Dressage rider who would like their test critiqued or a non-rider who simply wants to improve the overall relationship they share with their horse. Your session could include application of the Centered Riding basics, Horse Speak, Positive Reinforcement Training and Self-Awareness training methods. Together you will create a plan that is focused on safety, calmness and effectiveness for both you and your horse.
Sending in a video to review together or doing a live, video session are both valuable ways to enhance the experience but are not a requirement. Much can get accomplished with a phone call and good note taking.
Here’s what to do:
- Choose the session below
- Create a list of topics for discussion and video if applicable
- E-mail Heidi best possible dates and times to meet firstname.lastname@example.org
30 minute session: $50:
60 minute session: $75
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Centered Riding Book and DVDs
Centered Riding® is an innovative way of expressing the classical principles of riding, using body awareness, centering, and imagery. Centered Riding® encompasses all seats and styles of riding. It teaches a language that allows clearer communication between horse, rider, and instructor. Centered Riding® was developed by Sally Swift, author of the best-selling book and videotapes, and is now taught by Centered Riding Instructors around the world.
by Sally Swift
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Centered Riding, DVDs
by Sally Swift
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A fun sport that builds clear, positive communication, improves confidence and creates a stronger bond between you and your horse!
The Horse Agility DVD
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Seeing is believing – watch horses and humans in action on obstacle courses and at liberty in the wild.
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