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Heidi Herriott


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I can provide specialized advice to questions regarding: +General/fundamental training methods +Behavior issues +Specialize in trick horse training +Pulling a sulky/cart, +Care and feeding +Traveling with horses +Mobile set up +Freestyle choregraphy and development +Animal Welfare issues. I am not well versed in competitive showing with judges and such.

Experience in the area

I am a professional horse trainer and presenter with Thirty Five (35) years of horse training, riding and performing. Have expertise with miniature horses, ponies, mules, saddle and drafts. Ability to provide specialized advice to questions regarding various training methods to include trick training, training to pull a sulky/cart, care and feeding, as well as traveling with horses. Has entertained hundreds of thousands of people across the USA as well as performed and educated individuals on national television. I also host a website which provides Online Trick Horse Training through videos and printable manuals.


International Association of Fairs and Expositions; Outdoor Amusement Business Association; Florida Federation of Fairs; Showfolks of Sarasota

Publications;; USDA - Animal Care guidelines; MORE magazine; Showtime Magazine; Orlando Sentinel; West Orange Times; Fairs & Expos magazine;; Circus Report;; Animal Welfare & Education Campaign; The Faircracker


CREDENTIALS: +35 years of hands on working with all types of animals, specializing in variety of breeds of horses (i.e.: miniatures, ponies, standard and draft); +Animal expert interviewed on national TV programs to include: TODAY show, O’Reilly Factor, MSNBC, Fox, and Good Morning America

Awards and Honors

Animal Planet’s “Pet Star” Winner with a miniature trick horse; Nickelodeon Figure It Out - winner with mini mule and trick horse; Silver and Bronze medals at the Sarasota International Circus Festival; Guest Master of Ceremonies – John & Mable Ringling Museum of the Circus; PTSA Volunteer of the Year

Past/Present Clients

Past/Present Clients, Employers and Partners----- Walt Disney World, Ringling Bros. Circus, Animal Planet, Nickelodeon, DownUnderHorsemanship, Mississippi/Florida/Missouri state fairs, NC State Championship Horse show, Six Flags, Arabian Nights, International Andalusian Alliance, Women Luv Horses, Southwick’s Zoo, Richard Petty Farewell, Ringling Museum of Art, Texas A & M University, Land of Little Horses, Orange Co. Govt. TV, and more!

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Recent Answers from Heidi Herriott

2016-06-12 Difficult Mare:

Hello,  Thanks for the question and sorry about the delay.    To answer your question, I will say what I always say...  there is no magic in training and no 'tricks'to fix things quickly.  If horses are

2014-01-12 Faking Lameness?:

Hello!  You have an interesting problem!  I just worked with a nice Haflinger teaching her to drive and bow.  A couple questions - is the lameness in the head bobbing or does she actually limp.  Who lunges

2013-02-26 Behavior:

Hello,  thanks for the question.  First, I would like to encourage you to finalize all her Phase 1 and 2 training (the basics) if  you have not done so.  You mentioned you are teaching her to jump.  Make

2013-01-12 few questions:

Hi Brittany,  Thanks for the question and sorry for the delay in answering.    I have some concerns about your experience with your horse.  You note he is in the beginning of his training and it sounds

2013-01-10 Abused horse:

Hi Randi,  It would be hard for me to evaluate whether this will be a good riding horse.  I would be interested to know how long u have had the horse.  The other important factor here- is she a good fit


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