Heidi Potter Horse Clinic
Heidi Potter Holistic Horsemanship Clinic - Connecting Mind, Body & Spirit
Improving Comfort, Confidence, Communication & Understanding with our horses
Improving Comfort, Confidence, Communication & Understanding with our horses
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Heidi Potter Holistic Horsemanship Clinic - Connecting Mind, Body & Spirit
Improving Comfort, Confidence, Communication & Understanding

October 1 at 4:00p.m. through October 5 at 11:00a.m., 2019 

indoor arena
evening bonfires
beautiful surroundings
Heidi Potter, author of the book "Open Heart Open Mind", will host a holistic horsemanship clinic at Mountain Horse Farm.

Heidi is a trainer, clinician, instructor and author, sharing over 50 years of horse experience. Her teaching and training is influenced by her practice in traditional Eastern martial arts, her work as a Centered Riding© Clinician and her study with many like-minded trainers. In early 2017 she met and began apprenticing with Sharon Wilsie, the founder of Horse Speak™ and has earned the accolade of Senior Horse Speak Instructor.

This amazing clinic is an all-inclusive clinic, including, of course, the clinic itself but also all meals, snacks & drinks and accommodations. Heidi will stay at Mountain Horse Farm, just like you, creating this wonderful opportunity to get to know her better and spend quality time during meals and evening bonfires.

Heidi approaches horsemanship from a patient, compassionate, mindful, self-aware place. Through interactive exercises, herd observation and hands-on application, you will deepen your understanding of horses, their behavior, how you affect them and how to improve overall communication. The clinic is designed to help create mutually respectful and enjoyable relationships between horses and humans. The lessons learned will set you on a pathway of understanding and give you the tools needed to help support horses, emotionally, mentally and physically. If you are in search of a true form of Holistic Horsemanship, then this clinic is for you.

Experience what it is like to learn, laugh and love your way into a horse’s heart.

Retreat subjects will include:
  • Honoring the Horse-Equine Psychology & Physiology: Deepen your understanding of why horses do what they do and gain insights into their world. Improve your ability to create a partnership based on trust and understanding with you coming out as the obvious leader and protector.
  • It’s all About You!-Self-Awareness & Mindfulness: Heidi shares a plethora of exercises learned in the dojo and as a Centered Riding Clinician. Inspirational, educational and fun interactive exercises will introduce you to the basics of Soft Eyes, Breathing, Centering and Balance, along with Grounding and Awareness. Then you’ll take the “new you” to the horse and observe the changes that occur for you both. 
  • Problem Solving with Positive Reinforcement Training: Learn how to use positive reinforcement training techniques, such as Clicker Training (no clicker needed or used) and Horse Speak methods, to help horses overcome fears and phobias. These training methods help promote understanding, desire and confidence in the horse. They are proven to reduce fear, create confidence and retrain undesirable behaviors quickly and more safely than many traditional methods. They make sense to the horse, they create a tremendous amount of “try” and result in everyone being happy. The goal is to establish a connection based on understanding and trust. This systematic, reward-based training does not scare the horse or send him into flight mode. It causes him to slow down, relax, think and try, creating a “thinking action”, not a “reaction”. Heidi will include some basic fun tricks to teach the horses as well.
  • Stress-free Obstacle Training: With the help of some fun, in-hand obstacles you will deepen your understanding of the horse’s personality and individual learning style. The focus will be on discovering how to read the horse and offer him just the right amount of support, calmness, clarity, understanding, patience and praise. Confidence will grow in the horse and the human!
The clinic includes 4 overnight stays and 3 full days of training. The delicious meals start with dinner on the first evening and end with breakfast on the last morning.
​You will work with our herd of horses. It is not an option to bring your own. This clinic does not involve riding horses, but it will touch on topics that can be very helpful with riding. 

During this clinic Heidi and the participants will stay at Mountain Horse Farm. For sleeping, you have your choice of elegant rooms with fireplaces and outdoor hot tubs, to glamping in tipis (yes, tipis!) – your choice. The maximum number of participants is kept low at 10 and we don't accept auditors. You will be required to sign waivers.​​ Make sure you wear shoes with closed toes (no flipflops, slippers or sandals) and it's always a good idea to dress in layers. ​

Mountain Horse Farm is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region, famous for its wineries and breweries, gorgeous lakes and waterfalls. You may want to consider adding a few days to your trip to explore the area. 
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Heidi’s compassion and understanding of the horse is like no other I know. Everything is about figuring the horse out and not forcing the horse. You come from her clinics with renewed energy and information that your horse is grateful for and deserves.

Thank you for teaching me to be more aware of how it feels! Because when it feels right in my heart, the connection and willingness from my horse is amazing!

About Heidi: 
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​​Heidi Potter is an internationally known and respected Trainer, Clinician, Instructor and Author, sharing over 50 years of horse experience. Her teaching and training is strongly influenced by her practice in traditional Eastern Martial Arts. She is a Centered Riding© Clinician, Holistic Horsemanship Trainer, CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) Master Instructor/Clinic Instructor, and a Senior Horse Speak™ Instructor.  
Heidi feels blessed to have learned directly from her neighboring friend, mentor and the founder of Centered Riding, Ms. Sally Swift. Sally’s work beautifully and effectively blends Heidi’s experience with Eastern philosophies into her horsemanship practice. The Centered Riding basics of Soft Eyes, Breathing, Centering and Balance, along with Grounding and Awareness, lead to amazing results, both on the ground and in the saddle.  

Heidi’s Holistic Horsemanship approach to training evolved from her education in Natural Horsemanship. She was driven by her desire to improve behaviors, safely create boundaries, earn mutual respect and establish connection, all while focusing on enrichment, for both horses and humans. Through teaching clinics she has helped people across the globe build safer, more trusting, respectful and enjoyable partnerships with their equine friends.

In March of 2017 she began working with Sharon Wilsie, founder and author of the book, Horse Speak, The Equine-Human Translation Guide and Horses In Translation. Sharon’s step-by-step equine translation program has opened new doors for horse owners, trainers, instructors, rescue horse operations and those in the equine therapy profession. In late 2018 Heidi joined Sharon and Laura Wilsie to form the Horse Speak Educational Program. Visit HorseSpeakEducation.com to learn more.

Price: $1,175 + costs for your room or tipi. The cost for your room or tipi will be added to the $1,175. Our rooms have different amenities and therefore different rates. Choose the one that suits you best.

Call or email us to make your reservation or book online.

Deposit & final payment: To hold your spot, we will ask for payment of a deposit of $550.00. The balance is due two months  before the clinic.

Cancellation policy: Cancellations that are made at least 2 months in advance will receive a full refund minus a $100.00 cancellation fee. Regretfully we can not give refunds past the cancellation deadline. The only exception we can make is that we will refund 80% of your deposit in case we can rebook your spot with another participant.

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