Have you ever been afraid to ride or felt a sense of dread when your foot hits the stirrup?Started feeling queasy in your stomach just driving out to the barn? Or felt a tension through your shoulders that you just couldn’t seem to let go of, or felt your mind racing through a dozen different what if scenarios, even when you know your horse is calm and you aren’t in danger? All riders regardless of experience level have experienced fear at some point.
You are not alone – whether you’ve had an accident that shattered your confidence, or you’re experiencing the frustration and trepidation of trying to learn a new movement skill as an adult, or stress from other parts of life is stealing the joy out of your riding – fear and anxiety is not unusual for riders.
We’ve accepted the risks of working with and riding a large and powerful animal – the horse. But the rewards are worth it – the feeling of connection with the horse, the thrill of moving together, and the times of flow – when it all comes together.
But when you’re struggling with fear, those moments can seem very far off.
The joy begins to disappear when every ride is accompanied by anxiety, and you feel more relief after dismounting than excitement to begin the ride.
You fear that your nervous energy is affecting your horse – at the least, making you stiff and tense on his back, or at worst, putting your horse on edge too.
The unfortunate truth is that no matter how common it may be, fear for riders is often brushed off with “just get back on” or “show him who's boss”.
Who wants to admit they are afraid when everyone else seems to just be having fun and taking things in their stride?
When you ignore your fear, you put yourself at risk. Sometimes fear is very appropriate – it is our internal warning system telling us something isn’t right and we need to make a change.
Other times, your fear may simply be holding you back, preventing you from moving forward in your skills, in your relationship with your horse, and from pursuing your riding dreams.
You need to take an objective view of your feelings… begin to look at how you feel about riding with curiosity rather than shame or disappointment.
Notice your emotions and what they trigger for you – the tight shoulders, sweaty hands, racing heart – but don’t try to talk yourself out of these feelings.
Create a simple, consistent plan to build your skills as a rider, learn to manage your emotions, and build a sense of calm confidence that will make you a great partner for your horse!
I would love to help you create this plan and find your confidence!
In Calm & Confident Rider, we’ll work through a simple progression of exercises that will move you forward each day – you’ll be learning more about yourself as a person and as a rider. Let me tell you more…
Calm & Confident Rider is an Online Program that teaches the psychology of riding to help you overcome your fear and be the rider you want to be!
In this Program you will work through short daily exercises to help you understand your fear, learn strategies to manage it, and improve the essential riding skills to keep you safe.
With LIFETIME ACCESS to the Program you can learn at your own pace or follow along with the daily emails that will inspire you to keep moving forward.
In this first week, we are going to dive in to help you get really clear on the limits of your comfort zone.
Understanding the what, why, when and how of your fear is the first step to managing it.
In this second week, we focus on learning and practicing key strategies for managing your emotions.
As you go through this week, we will determine which strategies you find the most helpful.
Now it is time to start creating your specific plan.
In Week 3, we are going to work through your next steps, from re-training your brain to getting in the saddle and practicing skills you need.
This week we are focusing solely on riding…
Especially on the skills you need to stay safe such as balance, better rein control, and how to ride a spook and perform emergency control techniques.
Learn from other riders who have felt the same fear and anxiety about riding. Discover how they worked through managing these feelings so they could continue growing as riders.
Hear what made the biggest difference in helping them conquer their fears and how they handle their anxiety today.
Within this program, I include several interviews from therapists and sports psychologists.
They share insights on mental traumas, our body's adrenaline system, and the strategies they use in their own practices that will help you become a Calm & Confident Rider.
In this section of the program, I answer your most common questions, such as:
“Do I have the right horse for me?” and
“How do I find a good riding coach?”
Take a deep dive with Callie King into the science of how our brains and bodies react to stress and fear AND how this process relates to our horses!
In this New Science of Fear training discover:
✓ Why going too far out of your comfort zone actually makes it smaller
✓ An exercise to feel how your nervous system is constantly evaluating what is safe
✓ The 4 pressures that being a horse person creates
✓ Why movement is so essential to feeling calmer
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“The course provides good resources on horsemanship, managing fear, developing confidence. ”
As with all of the work Callie does, this program is informative, thoughtful, evidence based. The course provides good resources on horsemanship, managing fear, developing confidence. The videos of "how to" help your horse manage his fear were particularly good (in that) helping my horse manage moments of fear, helps me to manage mine.
“I just wanted to let you know how much Calm and Confident Rider training course helped me get over my anxiety and back on Tonka.”
I just wanted to let you know how much Calm and Confident Rider training course helped me get over my anxiety and back on Tonka. It's been a long road--three years without really having the confidence to get on without fear, but your methodical, step by step course was so effective! I've been riding often with a friend in the ring to gain confidence, and I'm proud to say that I was able to hop on and ride twice by myself this week with almost no anxiety, and that's thanks to you!
“ Callie has equipped me with the tools I desperately needed, yet lacked, to take down to my horses so that I could have a successful, fun, and joy-filled time with my paddock buddies.”
Before this course, I had a very high level of anxiety when going to the paddock to work with my horses. Like most of us, I had a bad accident on a horse I trusted. Callie has equipped me with the tools I desperately needed, yet lacked, to take down to my horses so that I could have a successful, fun, and joy-filled time with my paddock buddies. I love this course and would recommend it to anyone.
Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect.
There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now.
With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger,
more and more skilled, more and more self-confident,
and more and more successful.
I am so confident that you are going to love the Calm & Confident Rider program and consider it extremely valuable, that I always offer a full guarantee.
You are free to return the course at any time within 30 days of joining for a full refund.