Essential Horse Speak: Continuing the Conversation

Fundamental Communications for Training, Riding and Caring for Your Horse

Sharon Wilsie



ISBN: 9781646011476

PUBLICATION DATE: August 14, 2022

CATEGORY: Equestrian (Kenilworth Press), Riding & Training

BINDING: Paperback


A comprehensive how-to manual for applying Horse Speak® principles to common training goals.

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 “listen” and “talk” to horses in their language instead of expecting them to understand ours. Now Wilsie has provided a comprehensive how-to manual for applying Horse Speak® principles to common training goals. 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.

Readers will learn:

  • How to use intensity levels appropriate to a particular lesson.
  • Why to include enrichment in a training plan.
  • When to pause, when to allow, and how to adjust expectations.
  • How to move and breathe like a horse.
  • The best way to develop a healthy hierarchy with a horse.
  • How to apply the 15 Buttons of Horse Speak® to help any training situation.
  • Spiralling in and the optimal ways to move into and out of a horse's space.
  • Signs of when a horse is saying, “No,” and when he is saying, “Yes.”
  • How to change patterns of equine behaviour in common trouble spots.

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 behaviour, enhanced performance, and a happier, healthier equine partner in whatever you choose to pursue together.

Meet the author Sharon Wilsie

Sharon Wilsie is a professional animal trainer and rehabilitation expert who regularly works with horses for private clients and at equine rescues. She develops and teaches equine –assisted learning programs at the high school and college level. Wilsie is also a Reiki Master/Teacher. Her book Horse Speak: An Equine–-Human Translation Guide was a breakout bestseller, and she now travels throughout the United States teaching her methods and helping others communicate with horses in their language. She runs Wilsie Way Horsemanship from her base in Westminster, Vermont (

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Horses in Translation

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