The Equestrian Counsellor

The Equestrian Counsellor

With many years of experience as both a rider and coach, and as a  psychotherapist  with an equestrian background, I combine many years of experience into my unique approach to help you to get the best out of your relationship with your horse.

Past traumatic experiences, such as falling off, being injured, or losing a beloved horse can have a profound effect on confidence, and self belief.  We can work through such experiences together, to help you to gain a better understanding of how these can impact  on you, and your horse.

Team Work

Building a better relationship with your horse is about how you work as a team. . Sessions will include ‘talking therapy‘ without the horse, to gain self-awareness  and to explore issues going on for you. We will also work with your horse, to improve how you function together.

Understanding your Horse

Horses are very aware of non-verbal communication- our body language, how calm and confident we are, or not. This applies to all aspects of horsemanship – whether we are riding or handling them, or simply in their presence. They pick up things, such as our fears,  about ourselves we are not even aware of!

What happens in sessions?

Time will be spent on coaching, talking about coping strategies. I aim to help you to work through problems before putting them into practice with your horse. Working on-line, we can discuss a short video of you and your horse in action together.

Details

Personal sessions (up to an hour) without the horse can be on-line, using Zoom. Coaching sessions with your horse are available in person, subject to distance. (Travel costs and a minimum number of coaching hours may apply)

Prices

100 School Exercises for Teaching Riding by Claire Lilley

100 SCHOOL EXERCISES FOR TEACHING RIDING

CLAIRE LILLEY
In this book, you will find exercises for all levels of horse and rider, from novice level to advanced, in both dressage and jumping, including the use of props in training. The author shows how exercises can be combined to create the optimum learning experience for rider and horse, both from a teaching perspective and for solo training – a ‘teacher in a book’. Claire Lilley draws on her may years of experience as a riding coach, with insight from being a student in her formative years. She explains exercises from the teacher’s perspective: what to look for, and key teaching points to consider.
The last section of exercises is for development as a teacher, inviting the riding teacher to evaluate their own skills so as to to improve their coaching methods. Suggestions are given to improve coaching methods, such as observational skills of the physical and mental capacities of both horse and rider. Finally, training plans are given, using the exercises in practice, with consideration as to whether lessons are individual, shared or group, as well as lesson location. This book will be a valuable resource for riding instructors and pupils alike, a welcome addition to the teacher’s library.

Winter Webinars with Claire Lilley

claire lilley books and DVDs

Cosy up to your computer for this series of Winter Webinars, awarded one CPD point each by The British Horse Society 

Riding Without Fear: The Psychology of Horsemanship (On-line webinar)  

BHS CPD POINT allocated for this webinar

7pm Monday 27th November 2023

Riding is a risky sport, with riders being prone to accidents and injuries. Such traumatic events affect  your confidence. This webinar aims to help you to understand how fears of riding affect the relationship with the horse. You may be fearful yourself, or coaching riders who may be finding things difficult.

This hour long webinar is run on Zoom, enabling live participation and discussion. A link to join will be sent by email on receipt of payment. Price £10 per person.

Please contact me for more details and to book your place. Or phone/text/ Whatsapp 07710 420357. 

Alternatively, use the Paypal link below:


 

This live webinar with me includes:

  • Printable handout
  • Live interaction
  • Presentation slides
  • Summary and learning
  • Access to recorded session for 7 days after the event. (The live event is not recorded, for your privacy)

This webinar covers;

  • Equine Psychology (Understanding the horse)

    The Psychology of Horsemanship by Claire Lilley

The horse’s senses, primary responses and emotion

  •  Training Psychology (Understanding yourself)

The rider’s fears and how they impact on the horse.

  • Relational Psychology (Understanding the partnership)

The goals, the development and the challenges faced in successful horsemanship

 


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The Scales of Training (on-line Webinars) 

BHS CPD POINTs allocated for these webinars

Part One: 7pm Monday 11th December 2023

(Rhythm, Suppleness, Contact) 

Part Two: 7pm Monday 15th January 2024

(Impulsion, Straightness, Collection)

These hour long webinars are run on Zoom, enabling live participation and discussion. A link to join will be sent by email on receipt of payment. Price £10 per person per session.

Please contact me for more details and to book your place. Or phone/text/ Whatsapp 07710 420357. 

Alternatively, you can use the Paypal button below:


Scales of Training Webinar


 

Each live webinar with me includes:

  • Printable handout
  • Live interaction
  • Presentation slides
  • Summary and learning
  • Access to pre-recorded session for 7 days after the event. (The live event is not recorded, for your privacy)

Join me,  for these two webinars, where we will take a detailed look at the so-important scales of training:

Rhythm, Suppleness, Contact, Impulsion, Straightness, Collection

 

The Scales of Training
The Scales of Training refer to the basic schooling of every horse whether the rider wishes to concentrate on dressage, jumping or eventing and are essential to any horse’s physical and mental development, at all levels from novice upwards.
Further details can be found in the accompanying
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Dressage Clinic in Devon: Saturday 18th November 2023

Claire Lilley Dressage Clinic 

Saturday 18th November 2023

Location: Star Andalusians, Collumpton, Devon EX15 3TJ

Individual lessons cost £65 inclusive of travel and school hire.

Claire specialises in the psychology of the relationship between horse and rider, coaching riders at all levels, Novice to Grand Prix, to improve confidence, harmony and to help you to unleash their potential!

Come along and learn how to get the best from your horse, and improve your dressage, following the all-important  Scales of training: Rhythm, Suppleness, Contact, Impulsion, Straightness, Collection

More about Claire

More about Star Andalusians

 

FULLY BOOKED. Please contact me for details of future clinics

Is your horse difficult to handle?

Would you like to feel calmer, less anxious with your horse?
Often handling issues with our horses stem from our own anxiety.
As both a psychotherapist, and riding coach, I offer my unique approach to horse owners. Get to know your nervous system with  Feel Safe Equine Therapy™. 

How it works

Sessions will include ‘talking therapy‘ without the horse, to gain understanding about yourself, and how your anxiety, frustration, despair affect how your horse relates to you. issues going on for you.

Claire and Heinrich

I can work with you and your own horse to develop your relationship, and to work with any issues you may have. Most importantly, we will  focus on gaining a better understanding about your horse and about yourself.

I also work with horse riders who may have lost their nerve through accidents or injury, and help them to re-build their relationship with their horses.
Do contact me for an initial chat to see if the horses and I can help you.

Sessions are also available online via Zoom using video footage of you and your horse.

The Psychology of Horsemanship by Claire Lilley

 

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