The Many Meanings of the Buttons

A 3-part Course

Horses use their 'buttons' to communicate with each other and for "self-talk' (thinking things through for themselves).

Every button has a practical as well as an emotional meaning. The better we understand how horses use their buttons, the better we will be able to communicate our ideas, requests and intentions and the more we will understand about our horses' thoughts and feelings

In her book, Horse Speak, the Equine-Human Communication Guide, Sharon describes the ‘buttons’ – points on a horse’s physical body that horses use to communicate with each other and for ‘self-talk’.

In this 3 part course, using video and photographs, Sharon will take us on a deeper exploration of the many ways and contexts in which horses use the buttons to communicate about movement, safety, vulnerability, companionship, and much more. Each button has practical and emotional meanings and the buttons are used both for communication between horses and for a horse's 'self-talk' as they process information.

This course will teach you to recognize when and how horses are using the buttons and show how you can use the Buttons just like horses do, for multiple layers of communication, both practical and emotional.

Sharon will also introduce 2 buttons that were not included in her first book.

Registration Includes:

  • 3 lectures
  • Slide handouts for each lecture
  • Skill Builders for each lecture: activities you can do to build your skills in Horse Speak
  • Quizzes to check your understanding and knowledge

Session 1: the Buttons of the Front

Session 2: the Buttons of the Middle Body

Session 3: the Buttons of the Hind

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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