NOTE: “The Mind, Body, and Spirit of Connection Horsemanship Through Leadership” clinic with Frederic Pignon and Magali Delgado, original stars of Cavalia, is coming to Whidbey Island March 2-6, 2018. Go to for further information.


With Jeff Moore and Chris Hoffman

May 4, 5, and 6, 2018

FromtheMother Farm, Snohomish, WA

$395 for the 3 days as participants

Maximum of 10 participants

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Auditors welcome, $25/day. Contact Mary Shank at [email protected]

Alan and Mary met Jeff Moore when they were living near Portland in 2015. He was recommended by Barb Apple for bodywork. He really helped them understand why Dandy collapses under saddle -- and he made a great deal of difference in Dandy’s well being! We hosted a one-day “mini” clinic with Jeff in November 2017, and are pleased to bring you the opportunity to join the expanded 3 day clinic. If you are interested in increasing horse biomechanics, the practicality of kinesiotape, proper saddle fit, and how to bring both you and your horse into one balanced and harmonious ride, this clinic is for you!

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With Sharon Wilsie, of Wilsie Way Horsemanship, Co-Author of “Horse Speak: The Equine-Human Translation Guide: Conversations with Horses in Their Own Language”

July 28, 29, 30, and 31, 2018

FromtheMother Farm, Snohomish, WA

$675 as participants

Maximum of 8 participants

To register and for more information, contact Mary Shank at [email protected]

Auditors welcome, $40/day. Contact Mary Shank at [email protected]

I am SOOO excited to be able to offer this deep-dive into the language of horses. Sharon Wilsie’s book was brought to my attention just after its publication this fall. It is a 12-step “how to” book that methodically and clearly sets forth equine language, not just so one can use it as a training aid, but to enter into your horse’s world and understand the nuances of her chatter! I’ve dipped into the book and tried some things, and they are WAY fun! Even though many of the concepts will not be foreign, Sharon puts the language all together and applies it to RIDING as well (am I the only one that couldn’t figure out how to apply Parelli’s 7 games on the ground to riding?)

Clinic format: Sharon will work with teams of 2 participants to a horse, and only 4 horses, so there will be room for 8 human participants. The horses will remain the same through the entire 4 days, because they change over time as well. We will take the steps outlined in the book in order through the clinic. I arranged for a 4-day clinic to ensure that participants and auditors could really ABSORB the instruction, not just get a “taste.”

I suggest you purchase “Horse Speak” and play around with it so that you get a feel for it, and bring your specific questions to the clinic. A second book by Wilsie, “Horses in Translation: Essential Lessons in Horse Speak: Learn to “Listen” and “Talk” in their Language” will be available at the end of April, 2018.

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. She runs Wilsie Way Horsemanship from her base in Westminster, Vermont 



With Anna Blake

May 19 & 20 – Session A

May 21 & 22 – Session B

FromtheMother Farm, Snohomish, WA

$ 249 for each 2-day clinic

Maximum of 8 participants per session

Auditors welcome, $40/day.

For more information and to register, contact Mary Shank at [email protected]

Anna Blake is a horse advocate, equine professional, and so much more who resides on her small farm of rescued critters in Colorado. She is the author of Relaxed and Forward: A Horse/Life Blog ( and the author of “Stable Relation: A Memoir of One Woman’s Journey Home, by Way of the Barn; Relaxed and Forward: Relationship Advice from Your Horse; Barn Dance: Nickers, Brays, Bleats, Howls, and Quacks: Tales from the Herd; and her soon-to-be-released book of poetry, Horse Prayers.

She’s ba-a-a-ck! After a “long” but fascinating Calming Signals one-day clinic in 2017, we are pleased to bring Anna Blake back to FTMF. This time, because Anna has had so many people contact her about attending clinics in Washington State, we are offering two sessions of her Calming Signals clinic – Session A (Saturday and Sunday May 19 and 20) and Session B (Monday and Tuesday May 21 and 22).

The first day of each session Anna will give an introductory presentation of the calming signal concept, and illustrate the concept through on-the-ground haltering of horses. (See for more details about content.) Participants will have the opportunity to be individually coached by Anna as they halter their own horse. The morning of the second day will be devoted to observing and responding calming signals using horse agility exercises (see Vanessa Bee’s book, “The Horse Agility Handbook: A Step-by-Step Introduction to the Sport”). Participants and their horses will work in small group sessions on a simple agility course. In the afternoon, participants will saddle up and observe calming signals while mounted. Participants will work in groups of two and be coached by Anna. (For those participants who would rather not ride, a second round of agility will be done.)

Auditors are most welcome. Anna is very inclusive of auditors in her clinics. Because this clinic is all about increasing your observation skills, you will be able to easily apply what you learn to your own horse later.

Anna assures me that our clinic was the most memorable one of 2017 – she has never had an audience so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about horse relationship! And she has never had one run so long in the day! So please don’t hesitate to attend this year – we are guaranteed to laugh a lot. And we will give her a timekeeper. J