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

September 29 at 4:00p.m. through October 4 at 11:00a.m., 2020 

  1. Picture of our tipis
  2. Heidi Potter with a horse
  3. Delicious meals
  4. Indoor arena
  5. connect with our horses
  6. Our driveway

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

Join  Heidi Potter, author of the book "Open Heart Open Mind", for 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.

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.

We will spend our time:
  • 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.
  • Self-care & private session day: To give your brain a body a break from learning we have reserved time for self-care. On Friday each guest will enjoy a one-on-one session with Heidi on a topic of their choosing. The balance of the day could include a winery or brewery tour, a visit to the nearby lakes and waterfalls, or a zip lining experience at the nearby Bristol Mountain. There are also options to simply relax at the farm and indulge in a massage or sauna session, a walk on the beautiful surrounding trails, a cow cuddling session or just enjoying a good book by the fireplace (additional charges may apply). We will happily help you plan your perfect day.

What a fun time we have planned! Not to mention indulging yourself in the comfort that the farm offers! Mountain Horse Farm is a horse & farm sanctuary and a wellness retreat. You will be staying at the farm in a comfortable room or experience glamping in a tipi. All delicious meals are included - so no need to drive back & forth to a hotel room or finding a place to eat - let us take care of you from the moment you arrive until you leave as friends. Heidi will be staying at the farm as well. 

We will begin on Tuesday evening with an introduction that will prepare us for the full and fun days ahead. The self-care/private session day is on Friday. You will be working with our herd of horses. A well-established herd of 6, all different breeds & sizes who live a life as natural as possible with lots of freedom & choices. Bringing your own horses is not possible. The clinic does not involve riding but if you are a rider you will find that what you have learned, will positively influences the way you ride. ​​We welcome 6-8 hands-on participants (no auditors). We recommend this clinic for riders & non-riders and it's suitable for all levels of experience with horses. ​​  

​​​The clinic includes 5 overnight stays, all meals starting with dinner on the first evening and ending with breakfast on the last morning, snacks & non-alcoholic drinks. There will be no teaching on Sunday morning. We'll enjoy our last breakfast together and check-out is by 11:00a.m.​​ 
Open Heart Open Mind the book
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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!

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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. 

  • Sign up by yourself and stay in a room or tipi by yourself with a private bathroom - all-inclusive rate: $2,150+tax
  • Sign up with 2 or more people that share a room or tipi: each of you will receive a $200 discount. 
Our rooms & tipis either have 1 king bed, 1 queen bed or 2 queen beds.
Please let us know about your preferences. Especially if you have a preference for staying in a room or tipi.

​If you are signing up with 2 or more people that share a room, please all sign up online individually, and mention that you would like to share a room. We will apply the discount after we receive your online booking.

We may have a few spots available for people that live locally and don't wish to include overnight accommodations. Please call Suzanne at 585-374-5056 or email at [email protected] for availability and details.

​Deposit & final payment:
To hold your spot, we will ask for payment of a deposit of $550.00 per person. 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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