These quick and easy (5-minute) at-home exercises with me (Callie) will help you develop the balance, strength, and mobility you need to feel comfortable and stable while riding.
The exercises will target specific areas of your body for improving your posture, balance, and body awareness because riding is about more than just strength or just flexibility. Riding challenges us physically in many different ways.
Riding isn’t supposed to be stressful, scary, or frustrating.
Neither should it become stale or boring… like plodding through chores.
Riding can be FUN. Peaceful. Freeing.
It can fade for a myriad of reasons…
One day, instead of feeling balanced and secure, you realize you’re bouncing in the saddle,
tugging on your poor horse’s mouth, or gripping with your legs…
… worried you’re about to lose control.
Eventually, you’re just hanging on, hoping other riders keep their distance, so nothing crazy happens.
Maybe you witnessed an injury from a spooked horse, and you realize that could happen to you.
When you’re nervous and tight, your horse feels it and becomes restless too.
To make matters worse,
Your well-meaning instructor continues with a litany of commands:
“Get your heels down.”
“Sit up more.”
“Don’t let him get away with that.”
“Kick him through it.”
Everything’s gotten so darn technical.
And maybe it's not even that fun anymore.
While other riders and their horses seem happy and content as they work their progressions, perhaps you’re thinking…
Did I buy the wrong horse?
Right now, you’d be just fine getting off and leading this horse right back to his stall.
Maybe put up an ad:
HORSE FOR SALE – I’m broke; he’s not.
What you really wanted in riding 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.
Remember that gentle knicker of recognition from your horse as he trots to the gate to meet you?
The excitement you felt as you brushed, tacked up, breathing scents of horsehair, hay, and leather?
When… your foot goes in the stirrup. You swing into the saddle. And as you give your horse a scratch you think to yourself, I've got this.
You feel connected. Peaceful. At ease. Free.
This is why we ride!
As a horse trainer and riding instructor, I’ve experienced similar frustrations. Thousands of my students also have.
But, together, we’ve learned to overcome them.
I believe your challenges are just as solvable.
It doesn’t matter if you’re just getting started or you’ve been riding for years…
… or if you’re returning after being away for decades.
You CAN find… or restore your joy of riding.
A lot of riders believe anxiety is the problem they need to solve.
I can assure you… it’s not.
… not because you’re inherently fearful or anxious.
But simply because your brain is wired to protect you.
Your brain knows when your body is not in balance… when you might fall.
Perhaps you live in an area where you feel you don't have access to quality instruction…
Or maybe have a great local instructor, but you want to learn more, get new perspectives, and learn about ALL the areas of horsemanship that just can't be covered in the weekly lesson…
Whatever your specific need is…
Not just any training will make you a well-rounded, balanced rider.
What you need–what everyone needs–is Balanced Training and Balanced Riding methods.
When I was nine, an old rancher presented 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 quarter horse gelding long retired from ranch life?
That’s a silly question, you ride!
Each summer day, I would pack a lunch, and Scotch and I would head out to explore the vast back-country of Colorado.
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—now that was entirely different!
Scotch taught me about connection and trust, and I will forever owe my love of not just riding, but being with horses, to those summer days together.
A friend’s pony, Thunder, was refusing the jumps. The solution our then instructor proposed was to stand to the side of the jump, whip at the ready, and punish Thunder 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!
The maverick in me emerged…
I devised an approach I thought Thunder would prefer… I dismantled the jump and led him through. Then I added one pole at a time, going through at walk, trot, and canter until he was confidently sailing over the jump again.
This experience with Thunder was my start.
It’s at the heart of everything I strive to teach.
That’s why, instead of following the traditional route of only apprenticing with other horse trainers, I went outside the horse world to study psychology, behavioral science, and learning theory.
Incorporating this study, I asked the question…
When working with horses or students, in person or in my online course, I would always ask –
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?
Horses and people learn best when they have clear guidance and they feel safe to explore and experiment.
As our relationship changes with our horse, so can our riding.
With 85,000 riders in our international community who come from all riding disciplines… I have had the opportunity to help riders and their horses through all kinds of challenges.
I want to help you remove the barriers that get in the way of the genuine relationship and connection you can have with your horse.
Whether it’s groundwork, feeling secure in the saddle, or having better communication with your horse.
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
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 your upgrade)–and I’ll send you a video back with personalized feedback for what you can do to turn things around.
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 even QR codes included with each lesson, so you can easily navigate to the accompanying video and demonstration in the portal.
This printed textbook will be shipped right to you no cost – no matter where you live!
“ 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...
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.
Our bonus mini-course, Getting the Most From Your Riding Lessons, also teaches you how to handle typical “lesson horse” behavior, how to communicate with your riding instructor, tips for riding in groups…and more.
“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!”
With these 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…
“Two years ago, when I was just starting out, it took about 4 weeks of lessons for me to “get” my lesson horse Wings to trot, because I was doing that thing you talk about in the audio lesson — where I wasn’t actually ready to trot, so even though I seemed like I was cueing her to trot, she absolutely refused to trot.
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 change your mindset and achieve your riding goals with exercises, real-life training examples and a community of 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:
Our Horsemanship of Connection Series will take a deep dive into what connection with our horse really means and how it is developed.
By the end of this series, you’ll know how to:
When you upgrade, 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.
With forever access 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
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My team and I are 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 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 180-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!