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With Daily Inspiration, Simple Exercises, & Support

We’ve All Been There…

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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.

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When “Just Get Back On the Horse” Doesn’t Help

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.

Building or rebuilding confidence isn’t always easy but it is possible.
And you can do it.

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.

Balanced Riding Course instructor Callie King

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
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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.


Week 1


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Your Comfort Zone Deep Dive

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.

Getting Clear

Finding the Cause

Where Do You Feel It?

Knowing Where You Are Now

Considering Expectation

Week 2


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Managing Your Emotions

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.

Your Core Beliefs

Physical Skills

Working with Your Thoughts

What is Your Best State?

Talking About Control

Week 3


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Creating Your Specific Plan

Change happens with consistent practice. 

Make a plan and make progress as this Week guides you through how to implement what you learn.

Increasing Exposure

Other Therapies

Benefits of Exercise

Improving Your Riding Skills

Your Success Journal

Week 4


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Riding Skills for Confidence

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.

Rein Control

Stopping and Steering

Emergency Techniques

Emergency Dismounts

Riding a Spooking Horse

Week 5


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Bonus Content


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Real Life Rider Advice: Interviews with Calm and Confident Riders

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.


Bonus Interviews

Q&A with Sports Psychologists: Learn Strategies to Overcome Trauma and Reset the Nervous System

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. ​


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Q&A with Callie: Gain More Insights from an Expert Trainer

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.


Science of Fear Mini Course

Science of Fear with Callie King

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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From Calm & Confident Students

Here is exactly what you get​ when you join

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.

Mark Victor Hansen

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