Horse Speak: The Equine-Human Translation Guide

Conversations with Horses in Their Language

Sharon Wilsie and Gretchen Vogel



HORSE SPEAK is not a training method or a technique to make you ride better. It is a practical system for "listening" and " talking" to horses in their language instead of expecting them to comprehend ours. Horse Speak can be used by any individual who works with horses, whether riding instructor, colt starter, recreational rider, or avid competitor. It promises improved understanding of what a horse is telling you, as well as providing simple replies you can use to tell him that you "hear" him, you "get it," and you have ideas you want to share with him, too.

The result? Time with your horse will be full of what horse trainer and equine-assisted learning instructor Sharon Wilsie of Wilsie Way Horsemanship calls Conversations, and soon the all-too-common misunderstandings that occur between horse and human will evolve into civil discussions with positive and progressive results!

With this book, you can learn Horse Speak in 12 easy steps. Wilsie explains her understanding of equine communication via breath and body language before progressing to the Four Gs of Horse Speak: Greeting, Going Somewhere, Grooming, and Gone. A number of exercises provide practice for regulating your intensity, helping you begin to manage what's going on inside your body, as well as outside.

In addition, get ready to sample dozens of ready-made Conversations with your horse, as step-by-step templates and instructional color photographs walk you through the eye-opening process of communicating on a whole new level.

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Additional Information

Author: Sharon Wilsie and Gretchen Vogel

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 224

Illustrations: 290 color photos, 50 illustrations

ISBN: 9781570767548

By Sharon Wilsie and Gretchen Vogel

Sharon Wilsie has enjoyed a professional career as a horse trainer/rehabilitation specialist, intercollegiate coach, and riding instructor. She has also been a Reiki Master/Teacher since 1992. Wilsie has developed and implemented a number of programs over the last decade, including volunteer training groups for horse rescues and therapeutic riding centers, Equine Assisted Learning courses, and hundreds of workshops and seminars relating to Equine Facilitated Therapies, alternative training methodologies, and rehabilitation methods for difficult horses and horses with PTSD. Wilsie has worked with students from all ages, including at-risk youth programs. Her passion for helping both people and horses understand themselves and each other better led her to develop the system called “Horse Speak” and the bestselling book of the same name (

Gretchen Vogel is a lifelong horse owner and rider, as well as an avid gardening expert. She is the author of two previous books: Solar Gardening and Choices in the Afterlife. She lives in Keene, New Hampshire.