The Equestrian Counsellor
As a psychotherapist with an equestrian background, I combine these skills 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)
Perdido and I had a lovely time the other day trying out our Spanish tack and costume at home.
A dress rehearsal is really useful. It can take a few goes to get used to wearing something new, so familiarising ourselves felt great!
Claire Lilley Unmounted Workshop
Warminster Saddle Club
11-1pm Sunday 24th October 2021
A great opportunity to learn more about Lungeing and In-hand Training in Wiltshire at Warminster Saddle Club
- How to school your horse from the ground, starting with basic techniques in a fun and informative ‘hands on’ session (no horses required!).
- Working with volunteer ponies and some willing participants, an opportunity to ‘have a go’ at lungeing with Claire’s help.
- A mini-demo with Claire and one of her horses to show how ground work benefits the relationship between horse and rider.
There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions about this fascinating subject!
Price £15 per person. Please let us know if you would like to be on the list of ‘lungeing with a horse’ participants*.
Please contact Claire Lilley directly to book your place.
Mobile: 07710 420357
You can purchase your ticket(s) here:
* Any one participating with a horse needs to be over 16 years of age and will be required to wear protective foot and head wear, and gloves and will be required to sign a disclaimer.
I am taking bookings again for clinics in the UK, so do contact me if you would like me to come to your yard or venue of your choice.
I teach all levels, including ridden, lungeing and in-hand work, specialising on the relationship between horse and rider, building trust and confidence.
Just drop me an email with your requirements, and I can work out the details with you.