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 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, no matter their experience level, have experienced fear at some point.
Whether you’ve had an accident that shattered your confidence, or you’re experiencing the frustration and trepidation of learning new riding skills as an adult, you are not alone.
As riders, we accept the risks of our dangerous sport.
We are working with and riding large, sensitive animals. A healthy dose of caution and respect for a horse’s strength and power is a good thing – it’s what keeps us safe and smart.
However, when fear stands in the way of joy, when tense muscles and a turning stomach replace ease when you sit in the saddle, and when you wonder, “will I ever be able to ride with confidence?” You are faced with a daunting challenge…
… and a grand opportunity.
No matter how common fear is, most riders’ nerves are brushed off with “just get back on” or “show him who's boss”.
Riding instructors and your friends may give you this unhelpful advice. But the problem with “climbing back on the horse” is that your fear can become worse.
You might push yourself through a few rides and convince yourself that everything is okay, but your stomach still churns as you place your foot in the stirrup..
Maybe you find excuses not to ride.
Shame that you aren’t better by now.
Or you think about quitting.
But fear IS our friend.
It keeps us safe.
It helps us grow.
It tells us when we are challenging ourselves.
It is to be worked with, not fought against.
When you understand fear, and change the story around it, you can be a great rider and partner for your horse.
Taking control of your fear or anxiety begins with looking squarely at your fear. Without judgment.
Learn to listen to your own body, and slow down to go faster.
Create a simple, consistent plan to build not only your riding skills, but your MINDSET skills. Manage your emotion by feeling it, not stomping down the feeling or pretending it isn’t there.
Moment by moment, you can clear negative thoughts, find connection with yourself and your horse, and truly love riding again.
Let’s do this together.
In Calm & Confident Rider, you will have a daily video and exercise to take that next step forward each and every day.
With 5 minutes a day, you will build practices to support you through a lifetime of riding.
I'm Callie King, founder of HorseClass and online instructor to 100k riders worldwide. For more than ten years, I have helped riders find their confidence and connect with their horse through holistic, evidence-based online courses and programs.
I know fear. I have had my share of accidents too.
There was a time I used to dread going to the barn. I was just so scared I would fall off my hot, sensitive Thoroughbred yet again.
Riding was far from fun back then.
But I’m stubborn and fortunately I am drawn to challenge.
If you are here, looking for a way through your own anxiety, I bet you can relate.
As I continued to ride, I gained skills and confidence. My fear made me a better riding instructor, and it made me a better trainer for my horses. Because I get it. I acknowledge the pit in my stomach and I figured out how to work with it not against it.
My path led me to sports psychologists, therapists, trauma research and through it all I had the lens of “how can this help my riders”?
What I learned is what I bring you in this course.
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.
Gain additional support from me and the other course participants by dropping your comments and questions under each lesson video. This interaction is key to your progress as you gain support from fellow riders sharing your journey.
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.
Where do you feel safe?
Where does your fear begin?
Where does it come from?
Knowing your true comfort zone is key to finding your own sweet spot of challenge.
We start off Week 1 with a deep dive into your comfort zone. Where it starts, where it stops, and where to challenge it.
You don’t need to squash your fear.
But you do need strategies for what to do when your shoulders tighten and your stomach turns inside out.
In Week 2, discover in the moment techniques to replace stress and fear with calm and quiet.
Change happens with consistent practice.
Make a plan and make progress as this Week guides you through how to implement what you learn.
This course gives you the bigger picture than just riding how to. But here in Week 4, I guide you in the key riding skills that will keep you safe in the saddle.
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.
Listen to insights on mental traumas, our body's adrenaline system, and the strategies therapists and sports psychologists 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?
During the program, you are also invited to ask questions in the course lessons and to learn from other’s experiences.
Take a deep dive with me 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 can increase your anxiety
✓ An exercise to feel your most subtle responses to fear, to shift it before its out of control
✓ Why movement is so essential to feeling calmer and how to calm yourself, even in the saddle
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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.
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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.