Horse Speak in the Herd

Understanding Herd Dynamics

When we apply our knowledge of Horse Speak to observing a horses in a herd a whole new world is revealed. What we once saw as just a bunch of horses standing around, we can now see is a community engaged in a never-ending conversation.

With Horse Speak, we can understand what that conversation is about and gain great insight into the relationships among the horses in herd. We can see which horses are taking on which roles – Leader, Mentor, Joker, etc – and understand the social environment within a specific herd. We can see if a herd is healthy with a balance of personalities or perhaps is struggling with horses who have filled a gap but are not entirely secure in their role.

In this course's lecture Sharon discusses:

  • What is a Herd?
  • Herd Dynamics 101 - how a healthy herd enters a new space
  • Fire Drills and Sport Maneuvers
  • Roles in the Herd
  • The “Chess Board” - a way of looking at a herd's interactions
  • How to feel safe and be safe within the herd
  • How to create harmony in the herd
  • How to help the herd get comfortable

Also included are

  • A downloadable / printable handout of the lecture's slides
  • Exercises for you to try with your horse/s and herd

Your Instructor

Sharon Wilsie
Sharon Wilsie

Sharon Wilsie is an inspiring and encouraging teacher. Whether you are learning with Sharon in person at a clinic or in one of our on-line courses, you will enjoy the learning process as much as you will love the results you get using Horse Speak with your horses!

Sharon is a has enjoyed a professional career as a horse trainer/rehabilitation specialist, intercollegiate coach, and riding instructor. Her grandfather owned and raced Standardbreds, and her love for horses has been life-long. She has developed and implemented several programs over the last decade, including; volunteer training groups for horse rescues and therapeutic riding centers, Equine Assisted Learning course at Landmark College, as well as hundreds of workshops, seminars, and engagements in a variety of topics about Equine Facilitated Therapies, alternative training and rehabilitation methods for difficult horses and horses with PTSD. She worked with students of all ages, including at-risk youth programs. Sharon’s passion has always been to create a two – way street of mutual healing, awareness, and betterment for both horses and people. Sharon is also a Reiki Master/Teacher.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This is a self paced course
How long do I have access to the course?
You will have access for at least one year after you enroll.

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