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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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