You’re riding balanced, confident, and happy. Your horse’s ears are perked forward as he enjoys the time out in the arena or trail as much as you.
Every cue is subtle, the horse responding lightly and forward. You feel as one…
But when you actually go to saddle up, things don’t go as envisioned.
As soon as you step your foot in the stirrup, your mind may start to race: what if you bounce on his back again during transitions and he gets cranky?
What if he bucks during a canter transition?
Or will you be able to stay on this time if he spooks at the usual spot in the arena?
You may find it hard to get your seat and posture correct, and you’re sick of hearing the same instructions from your instructor to “sit up, get your heels down, stop leaning forward, make him listen!”.
Or perhaps your horse is doing a bad behavior that you don’t know how to change no matter how hard you work at your riding or how many training videos you watch.
Whatever your situation, you’re probably thinking…
Despite your best intentions and giving riding your all, working hard to learn horse behavior, and shelling out lots of money for lessons and resources, what you really want to experience with the horse in your life seems out of reach…
… to explore a shaded trail… navigate a rocky creek, jump a log.
… to canter freely across a sunny meadow, feel the breeze in your hair and the easy power of a trusted horse beneath you.
… to float across the arena in a big trot, feeling perfectly in sync with your horse’s movements.
You want to hear a gentle knicker of recognition from your horse as he trots to the gate, tossing his pretty head to meet you…
You want to reignite (or feel for the first time) excitement as you tack up, breathing scents of horsehair, hay, and leather…
Finally, when you swing up into the saddle, you want to feel connected and exhilarated, not anxiety for what might happen.
In this future vision, you pat your horse’s neck as you think to yourself:
I’ve got this.
You feel connected. Peaceful. At ease. Free.
This is why you ride.
This is why you love horses.
This is the feeling you can experience in each moment with your horse.
But how do you get there?
How do you go from overwhelmed or frustrated to confident, effective, and happy every time you sit in the saddle?
The first thing you have to let go of to make your rides and time with horses more enjoyable is to let go of guilt or thinking it’s your fault when things don’t go as planned.
You may wonder if your horse even enjoys his time with you or whether you’re a good enough rider for your horse.
You may have felt pressure from friends wanting you to go out on trails with them before you’re ready or from riding instructors telling you to just “buck up” and “get back in the saddle” when you feel nervous or unsure.
But all this frustration you’re feeling is not because of your lack of skill or your horse’s behavior; nor does it mean it’s impossible to move beyond where you are right now.
Quite the opposite.The frustration you feel is likely because of how conventional riding is often taught.
It doesn’t matter if you’re just getting started or you’ve been riding for years…
… or if you’re returning to riding after a long break..
You CAN find… or restore your joy of riding.
The truth is, some instructors unwittingly create an uphill battle when it doesn’t have to be that way.
I want you to experience riding the way you have always dreamed. And with the right instructions and step by step support, I know you can!
Balanced Riding is more than just sitting pretty in the saddle.
A Balanced Rider:
As a Balanced Rider, you can pursue your biggest riding goals, while feeling connected to your horse.
You can find the joy in just being with your horse, and in each ride.
You can challenge yourself and improve your skills, while feeling confident – no matter what your current skill level.
I have helped 1000s of riders from around the world become Balanced, Confident Riders, and I’d love to help you too!
Hi, I’m Callie King, founder of HorseClass and the instructor of the Balanced Riding Course.
When I was nine, an old rancher presented me with a chestnut gelding named Scotch. (Named after his favorite drink.)
“You want him?”
What does a 9-year old girl do with a 32-year-old horse no one has any use for?
That’s a silly question, you ride!
So each summer day, I’d pack a lunch, and Scotch and I would head out to explore the vast, wide-open back-country.
Along the way, I’d confide in Scotch; sometimes, he’d turn his head and look back… flicker his ears a bit as though he understood.
Have you ever felt connected like that with a horse?
Making circles around an arena can be mind-numbingly monotonous.
Not only that, the training methods often made me feel disconnected from my horse.
But discovering new trails around the mountains with Scotch—that was different!
Scotch taught me how to connect with horses. To get lost in the moment of the wind in my face, and being carried into my dreams.
I’ll forever owe my love of riding to him.
A friend’s pony, Thunder, kept refusing jumps. The solution my friend’s instructor proposed was to stand to the side of the jump, whip at the ready, and punish him if he stopped.
This “training” technique made such an impact that Thunder and my friend decided jumping was the last thing they ever wanted to do!
I devised an approach I thought Thunder would prefer… … I took down the poles and led him through. Then added a pole at a time at a walk, trot, and canter until he was confidently sailing over the jumps.
This was my start.
It’s at the heart of everything I teach.
That’s why, to improve as a trainer,, I went outside the horse world to study psychology, behavioral science, and learning theory.
Incorporating this study, I developed my own system with this question in mind:
When I started creating training videos over 10 years ago, I would ask myself…
What’s a better way to teach this concept that is even more clear—that builds trust?
What’s a better way a rider could communicate a request that encourages “connection”?
Am I considering my horse's background? How might he understand my request even easier without feeling threatened?
Questions like these helped me develop my training videos, online lessons, and programs that would become the Balanced Riding Course.
The issue with most training problems is that we are only taught solutions to the symptoms, not the cause of the problem. For example:
These are “quick-fix” solutions that do not address the core issue (such as the horse is scared about leaving its friends or reacting to tension in the rider’s body).
Wouldn’t you like to be the trusted friend your horse could have?
Once you can take the horse’s perspective into consideration and assess every factor in your relationship, every riding problem you have becomes solvable.
Wouldn’t you like to properly diagnose a problem, then break that problem down into micro-steps, and work through each step until you have success?
You can, because it’s one of the many skills I can show you. Every riding problem is solvable… but you must go about it correctly.
With my Balanced Riding Course, I offer a holistic, step-by-step program that takes you through each aspect of what it takes to become a confident, balanced rider and a good partner to your horse.
With video coaching and support from me, you can meet your goals while enjoying every ride.
The Balanced Riding Course will take you even beyond your current riding goals.
That’s because it lays the proper foundation built on trust and connection with your horse to bring joy back into your riding.
In Module 1, we will explore how the horse experiences the world.
In this module, discover how the differences in our sensory experiences can easily lead to misunderstanding.
My confidence soared, and I can go back and review when/if needed! I feel my horses, and I have bonded tremendously with the positive reinforcement method. They learn so quickly this way. Thank you, Callie!
— CARLA COVERT
In Module 2, discover the training systems that instill trust between you and your horse and the training that erodes that trust.
With the principles you will learn in this module, every training session with your horse will be an opportunity to create more trust and connection.
I am only on week 2 but can't say enough good about this course. I absolutely love Callie's way of teaching. She is so thorough and makes things easy to understand.
— Elizabeth Maxwell
How our horses move affects how they feel physically and emotionally.
In this module, you will learn groundwork that not only builds the relationship between you and your horse, but also prepares them for riding.
Thanks so much for these lungeing videos, Callie! Your tip on sending the horse out to the circle helped me so much–seeing how your shifts in body position and energy influence the horse.
— Julianne Rowland
Effective riding is about balance, alignment, and movement principles, taking into account the differences in each rider’s body.
But what does alignment feel like? And how can you use riding aids in a way that allows you to move effortlessly with your horse?
This module will give you specific exercises to ride with balance and ease.
I am a huge fan of Callie – the time she puts in to present each video/lesson/blogs in a practical easy natured way (beautiful horses too), so easy to understand and put into practise, and any lesson online that offers many aha moments is worth its weight in gold! This online course was just brilliant, a grand investment. I've watched many times as a reference point. Thank you so much.
— Linda Cox (& Boy), Melbourne, Australia.
Finally understand riding concepts such as bending, frame, and collection – and more importantly how and when these apply to you and your horse.
In this module, you will learn how to develop the subtle cues and finesse of the riders you most admire.
Callie helps pull riding knowledge together. She has the missing links other instructors tend to leave out!
In this final module of the course, we hit the trail – talking about how to respond in emergencies, determining if you and your horse are indeed a good fit for each other, and discussing what truly creates confidence.
I got off track after a bad accident and was never able to get myself back in the saddle on a regular basis. This course is really great with basics and also learning theory. A plan each day really helped me feel excited about riding again
— Eliza Read
In addition to all the video lessons, you’ll also get a 187 page printed textbook with all the theory, explanations, and exercises you need to practice what you learn and excel in the course.
This is truly your Balanced Riding Course textbook that you can study at home and take to the barn.
There are QR codes with each lesson, so you can easily navigate to the accompanying video and demonstration.
This printed textbook will be shipped right to you – no matter where you live!
Have a riding challenge you just can’t solve? Is your horse doing something you don’t know how to change?
You can send me up to 3 videos throughout the course (within one year of purchase)–and I’ll send you a video back with personalized feedback for what you can do to turn things around.
“Absolutely recommend this course”
I went from confused and intimidated to a forward confident (and forever learning) rider. Best decision.
“The Balanced Riding Course is excellent”
The best I have ever seen!! This is my third time to go through the course, and each time around, new things catch my attention!! Callie’s vast knowledge, skills, easy-to-understand direction, and great demonstrations make the course truly extraordinary!! I would recommend this course without hesitation, and I look forward to going through the study again!! That’s an advantage of being part of her courses....you have lifetime access!!
“I found the program incredibly helpful.”
Callie shared a wealth of information in such a pleasant, informal manner. The information was theory based however it was her use of self that kept me engaged. I look forward to having ongoing access to the videos...
We have students of ALL ages. Some of our alumni students even started riding in their 80s!
Our students are proof that age truly is just a number. What matters most is your mindset and willingness to learn.
Also, our 6-part bonus video series, Getting Started with Horses will help you master the basics of riding and horsemanship.
By the end of this mini-course, you’ll know how to:
Having an excellent local instructor is terrific! The Balanced Riding Course is designed to help you get even more out of your lessons–so you understand what your instructor really means when they say things like “bend your elbows” or “sit straight!”
You’ll learn many things that you probably won’t get in your riding lessons in the course. You’ll learn how to diagnose horse behavior and read body language…how knowledge of anatomy improves your riding…the theory behind riding cues and position…so you know when to use them…. and SO much more.
You won’t just learn how to sit in the saddle and what to do with your hands–you’ll learn how to speak your horse’s language.
Another advantage? You can focus, visualize yourself taking the correct steps, and hit rewind as many times as you want! (That last part isn’t easy to do in the arena – our student’s words, not ours!)
“Some may wonder why I take your courses when I ride 3 days a week with a wonderful trainer.
The Answer: I can sit quietly, focus, absorb and digest your lessons, visualize myself taking the correct steps or procedures, and hit “rewind” as many times as I need (which is impossible in the arena. LOL!)
The Payoff: I can see a marked improvement in my skills since taking your courses!”
This bonus mini-course, Getting the Most From Your Riding Lessons bonus, teaches you how to handle typical “lesson horse” behavior, how to communicate with your riding instructor, tips for riding in groups…and more.
With 6 Along for the Ride Audio bonus lessons, you’ll have me right in your ear, leading you through warm-up exercises, getting on the horse, feeling your body and setting your posture.
One of our students used a technique from the audio lesson to get her slow horse to trot easily…
“So I just wanted to tell you about something that happened on Wings, my current lesson horse. Wings is a big Chestnut, a somewhat slow horse — she can jump and get a move on when a good rider is on her, but she is not a “forward” or anxious horse. She will only move forward when I am balanced, ready, willing…
In fact, two years ago, when I was just starting out, it took about 4 weeks of lessons for me to “get” her to trot, because I was doing that thing you talk about in the audio lesson — where I wwasn’treally, actually, ready to trot, so even tho I seemed like I was cueing her to trot, she absolutely refused to trot. Now I can get her to trot consistently — but occasionally she just stops.
Two lessons ago: I was in a lesson with another rider/horse duo. So I looked down — and I moved my foot/heel/stirrup back a few inches to get the line-up better.
But just now, listening to this audio lesson, realized that THE OPEN HIP ANGLE freed her up to move more fluidly.
So just now, remembering all that, hearing the audio… understanding the effect that my lined up body and opened hip angle had on her… I just started laughing in sheer delight.
Thanks!!! This course is amazing. Worth every. single. penny.”
We are here for you to keep you moving forward – no matter what!
You will be receiving 3 months FREE membership in Leg Up Coaching, a membership led by myself and Equestrian Life Coach, Jenna Knudsen. The program is designed to help you adjust your mindset and achieve your riding goals with exercises, relatable training examples, and a global community of supportive, like-minded horse-lovers.
Leg Up Coaching also includes my Training Journals library, a resource of training videos with real-life examples to complement what you’re learning in the Balanced Riding Course.
With Leg-Up Coaching, you get instant access to:
I’m confident that by the end of this course, you’ll have a deep understanding of your horse.
But if that’s not enough, the bonus Horsemanship of Connection Series will take a deep dive into horse communication and behavior. It includes:
By the end of this series, you’ll know how to:
When you join, you’ll want to keep an eye on your mailbox–cause I’ll be sending a few goodies your way (no matter where in the world you live)!
I can’t say any more about it (mum’s the word!), but I think you’ll like what’s inside.
That’s why we offer lifetime access! So you can take the course on your own timeline. No need to rush or finish by a specific time.
Another bonus of lifetime access? Any time we update or add new course material, you’ll get access.
Many of our alumni have actually taken the course multiple times, gaining new takeaways each time.
“The Balanced Riding Course is excellent, the best I have ever seen!! This is my third time to go through the course, and each time around, new things catch my attention!!”
— Teri Henrichs
Great question! Many other courses have training videos on different topics, but it can be hard to follow or know where to start.
The Balanced Riding Course teaches you how to become a confident rider from the ground up. The order is logical, with each module building upon the next, so you won’t be left wondering “what video do I watch next?”
Also, many other programs take a single-solution approach, whereas the Balance Riding Course takes a holistic, open-minded approach. We get to the root of the problem.
For example, if your horse is bucking, the solution isn’t punishment or just hanging on. The key is to consider why this is happening so you can solve the core issue.
Your horse may have pain, they may be unbalanced, or you may be sitting and using your body in a way that’s restricting them. Together, we’ll figure out the cause and how to solve it!
The Balanced Riding Course isn’t only about riding or training. It combines behavioral science with learning to “feel” what is happening with the horse.
This course is comprehensive, and the curriculum is diverse, covering theory, practical exercises, self-reflection, and real-life case studies.
We know that everyone learns in different ways. Whether you’re a visual or auditory learner (or both!), our multimodal lessons (workbooks, videos, and audio lessons) make it easy to learn.
I’m determined to bring the best value to our students.
Here’s an easy way to evaluate the actual value:
PLUS: Cost of Intangibles:
And that’s the cost of your riding training… regardless of outcome.
Then be honest about what truly makes you a better rider. What among those genuinely improved your relationship with your horse or makes your horse any happier.
Now consider the reason why I came up with this alternative:
The Balanced Riding Course, spread out over just your first year as a member (you’re in for life when you join) is only $2.73 a day. That’s less than a coffee on your way to the barn.
No amount of books and DVD programs available could match the efficiency and effectiveness of what you can have TODAY.
And what happens when you have a question? Who can you call on that you trust? How will you know what to do next?
This is why the Balanced Riding Course is special – you can work at your own pace, learn in different ways, get answers to all your questions, and come back to the videos, audios, and textbook as often as you like.
I am SO passionate about helping you become a confident, happy rider and want to make it as easy as possible for you to say “yes!”
That’s why we’re offering the 60 Day Full Money Back Guarantee. If you don’t feel more confident, secure, and happier in the saddle after going through the course, just email [email protected] within 60 days of your purchase, and we’ll give you your money back. No questions asked.
Our free content is a great place to start! But the Balanced Riding Course is meant for you if you want to make every ride count.
In the course, we piece everything together into a structure that makes it easy to learn. So instead of just watching random videos and piecing together the takeaways, you can consume the content in a logical, structured order. We also provide resources that facilitate learning, like our 187 page workbook and audio lessons.
PLUS, you get one-on-one video coaching (and individualized feedback on your riding and horse’s behavior).
It depends. Are you planning to return to riding? If so, I recommend enrolling now, at the current price so you’ll lock in lifetime access at this price.
Then use this time to learn and digest the contents so when you get back on your horse, he (or she) will notice a marked improvement in you… and you will in yourself.
There are a number of exercises that you can practice at home without even having your horse around.
When you come back to rewatch the videos when you start riding again, you’ll be miles ahead of where you would have been.
You’ll get access to the digital workbook and bonuses immediately.
The course is released over an 8-week period (one module per week, with two week breaks built in for you to practice the course exercises so far).
That way, you have time to watch and digest each module (and don’t feel overwhelmed with everything all at once).
Many current members don't own or lease a horse; they ride friend's horses or ride at a local lesson barn. The Balanced Riding Course is perfect for riders who are just starting out, and this year, I've included the mini-course How to Get the Most Our of Your Riding Lessons to provide specific help for riders just like you.
I'm a firm believer that the basic training of horse and rider is the same across disciplines. Horse behavior and the science and art of training don’t change with the saddle a horse is wearing.
Also, the principles of good alignment, balance, and riding effectiveness apply no matter what style or discipline a rider chooses. Many students in the course ride western, or have Aussie or trail saddles, or ride Saddleseat, and some don't even ride at all! All disciplines and types of riding are welcome in the Balanced Riding Course!
I would love to have you in the Balanced Riding Course and become your riding coach. Together, we can make your riding dreams happen!
It takes practice and learning, but the feelings of connection, pride of achievement, and knowing you are being the best you can be for your horse is worth it!
I look forward to seeing you in the Balanced Riding Course!