RIDER CONFIDENCE COURSE - Check out our New Rider Confidence Facebook page! This is a course with a difference, sports hypnotherapy combined with practical arena sessions that really work. Scroll down for course content! Course dates are listed towatds the bottom of the page.
In our Rider Confidence course we offer a unique combination of techniques, activities and approaches to eliminate fear and stress, and enable you to move up to the next level and beyond. Taught in a small friendly group learn how to deal with a fall, rear, losing your seat, bolting, bucking, horses falling/slipping over and general safety and confidence issues all in one day!
The ONLY course in the U.K, possibly the world to be able to offer all this.
Did this course the end of may. Last weekend I did my first solo hack in 13 years thank you xx
"Massive thanks to wonderful Zana & Karl, Mary, Freddy and your amazingly patient and clever horses, it was a pleasure to meet you and one of the best days of my life! I thoroughly enjoyed the horse confidence course, learnt loads, met lovely people and left with totally different mindset. I really didn’t want this day to end 😍 I’m absolutely buzzing and can’t stop smiling 😃 Thank you for all your time, advice and for doing what you’re doing!" September 2018
"After participating in the confidence course with Karl and Zana I have done things with my pony that I never thought I'd do again, we have hacked, alone and in company, I have ridden in the school and I've even ridden bareback! We have jumped ditches and logs in the woods. I have been able to deal with my ponys foibles calmly and confidently (napping, spooking and the odd buck) so if you are toying with the idea of booking I would definitely recommend it! Thank you Karl and Zana!"
Danielle - Oct 2017
Brilliant course on Thursday, well worth the trip over from Ireland. I will recommend it to all my friends. Thanks guys, great fun.
"I had the BEST day! It was such FUN!!!! It was soooo useful to be given the tools to use for that ' oh dear' moment!!! With this new knowledge I am adjusting my practice and equipment, and carrying out some additional desensitisation to help my ponies cope in any tricky situation! Yay!!!! what next???? Thank you so much!"
Jill - Sept 2016
We usually run at least two courses every month, except December.
This course fills up fast so to secure your place call 01442 462715 to make payment.
We accept credit or debit card payments over the phone.
Price : £277 per person - One full day course.
10.30am- 5.30pm approx.
Small groups of max 8 people
COURSE DATES 2019
This course fills up fast so to secure your place call 01442 462715 to make payment.
Sunday 20th - Now Full
Sunday 27th - Now Full
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Wednesday 20th - Now Full
Saturday 9th - Now Full
Sunday 17th - Now Full
Saturday 23rd - Now Full
Saturday 6 th - Now Full
Sunday 14th - Now Full
Good Friday (19th) - Spaces Available
Wednesday 1st - Now Full
Sunday 5th - Spaces Available
Special Two-Day Course (£499)
Sat & Sun 25th and 26th
On the 2 Day course we can allow more time to go even further in depth, with even more detail to the techniques and methods.
Wednesday 5th - Spaces Available
Sunday 30th - Spaces Available
*New dates are listed as each course fills up, we aim to run around 2-3 courses per month on both weekday and weekend dates.
We run every month except December.
Watch this space for updates!
Gift Vouchers are available now from our Gift Vouchers page, click here.
Age Limits: 14 yrs and over, no upper limit, but currently our oldest client has been 75yrs and completed the whole course with gusto, what an inspiration!
Please contact us to discuss the suitability of the course for you if you have concerns.
Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult due to the hypnotherapy part of the day.
Numbers: The nature of this course demands our full attention on our clients, so we must limit numbers per group to a max of eight persons.
Weight and Fitness: Horses used are around 15hh to 15.2hh.
Please inform us of any injuries that may affect you on the day. You will need to be fairly fit to get the most out of this course, but also to ride horses at all.
We give a weight limit of 16 stone - however 16 stone sports people are very different to 16 stone couch potatoes! - We do have a tall mounting block you can use).
Remember we will be climbing on and around the wooden horses and crash mats, etc.
If you are worried about your fitness level please give us a ring or email to discuss this with us.
We regret spectators are not allowed on this course due to its personal nature, there is no exception to this
What can I expect on the course?
We begin with a classroom session on the brain, and how our expectations lead to either primitive or intellectual responses to challenges. There is a detailed description of the day's activities, so that every exercise is broken down into bite-sized parts and each bite-sized part is fully demonstrated beforehand. The physical exercises in the arena are entirely voluntary - but lots of fun. (There is a lot of laughing throughout the day!) The morning activities will be devoted to experiencing and dealing with rearing, and then we'll turn our attention to issues concerning balance and posture. Over the course of the day we will cover:
The Unimportance of a Correct Seat
Use our horses special talents to learn how to regain balance without any fuss, fear or bother. It's a strange opposition that the better a rider's seat and posture, the more they are thrown when that support is temporarily lost. Using our special saddles, you will not only lose your seat, but move completely out of the saddle and back in whilst on the move! And of course you will fix the experience in your mind that losing your seat is not the end of the ride and can become entirely normal and be dealt with calmly.
We will also look at sharpening your reaction times and removing that dreaded 'brain freeze' moment.
Our horses are trained to rear on command, so we are able to offer the experience of acclimatising and familiarising our minds and bodies to a rear, and practice staying in our intellectual brains in order to take action. We will cover what to do (and what not to do), as well as how to school a horse to not rear in the first place.
After lunch the falling rider section will cover how to fall from the saddle as the professionals do to keep you safe from harm. We begin with discussion and analysis of avoiding the commonest mistakes, then we head out to the arena for step by step instruction, gradually leading through the techniques we have used through years of experience. Using crash mats and our wooden horse to teach you a safe technique to prevent injuries and raise confidence levels. We also take a look at what we can do should our horses fall with us on board.
Karl is a qualified Sports Hypnotherapist, and one unbeatable Rider Confidence hypnosis session is included in the course. His methods can easily show how what we once perceived as being our limits, of our personality, our skills and abilities, are actually stepping stones - necessary stepping stones - to be harnessed and used for even greater success!
At the end of the day you will return home possessing the tools, skills and experiences to banish limiting fears and ride joyfully into a fantastic future for you and your horse!
is this course for you?
Do you want to take your riding to the next level?....
The excitement of horses is a passion in the blood, but does your nervousness hold you back at all?
Are rides spoiled at the thought of bucking, rearing, napping or jumping? Or would you just like to have that 'edge' to take your riding up to the next level?
Do you know what to do when a situation arises?
People often find that they reach a "plateau" in their riding or sporting achievements - a barrier which seems to be the extent of their courage, skills, personality or abilities. These ceilings can be at any level, from getting out on a hack, to breaking into a canter, or in facing drops, banks and ditches at top level competition.
We will provide a program of familiarisation - rearing, falling, balancing and re-balancing on the move, and even including falling horses - along with considering alternative saddles other than the common English Easy-out!
Our horses are trained to rear on command, to fall when asked and to support balanced and unbalanced riders - a set of abilities that YOU can use to build your experiences and confidence in a safe environment.
NO other facility can offer such a unique package to transform your capabilities and confidence - leading to horse-riding success, whatever your age and discipline!