Remote Horse Coach

Horseback riders frequently find themselves facing a variety of physical and mindest challenges regarding fear, anxiety, or concern towards unwanted scenarios with their horse. Whether you have taken up horseback riding later in life, or are a returning rider, a slew of factors can limit your enjoyment with the horse. Whether you own a horse, are in a lesson program or not, irrelevant of the preferred discipline, whether you are a competitive or pleasure rider, equestrians are often burdened with what I call Mind-Set Mayhem™ thoughtsor negative triggering thoughts, that affect and limit the quality of interactions with the horse.

Some of the emotions they may experience include:

  • Anxiety

  • Anticipation

  • Apprehension

  • Concern

  • Defensiveness

  • Doubt

  • Fear

  • Mistrust

  • Nervousness

  • Panic

  • Self-shaming

  • Worry

  • Unease


Common Triggering Thoughts include:


  • I have a fear of falling off my horse.
  • I have a fear of getting hurt when my horse responds unexpectedly.
  • I find myself concerned, even if my horse is not behaving badly.
  • I had one scary incident a while ago with a horse, and I can not let it go.
  • I get exhausted after horseback riding for a short time.
  • I cannot seem to find my balance when I'm in the saddle.
  • Nothing bad has happened with my horse yet I'm finding myself become scared.
  • I get nervous before every single ride.

Here are a few of what I call Mind-Set Mayhem™  thoughts:


  • The rider's mental fixation on past unwanted scenarios
  • The rider's attempt to contain the horse
  • The rider's lack of balance creating ineffective aids when communicating to the horse
  • The rider's attempt to rush through scenarios with the horse
  • The rider going "passive" in their communication hoping the horse will handle a scenario
  • Bullying oneself into "powering through" the ride
  • The anticipation of future unknowns with the horse
  • Self-critique and self-shaming towards fear


Your mind influences your emotional perception and physical experience in the time spent with your horse. Learning to recognize unwanted patterns in your thoughts, what your mental triggers are and the undesired emotions that follow, why you are fixating on potential negative outcomes, and how to replace your Mind-Set Mayhem™ with Mindful Pro-Active Behavior.


The #1 concern I hear voiced from this group of riders is the fear of getting hurt. 

The #2 concern is their worry as to what might happen during interactions with the horse. 

The #3 concern is the overwhelming emotional flooding that sabotages the rider's progression and enjoyment. 


Though the physical aspects of your time in the saddle may appear to be your main "issue," it is the mental and emotional state experienced prior to mounting up that affects the quality of your ride and can quickly build or diminishes your stress levels and confidence. By learning how to change your mind-set, diffuse your emotions, and let go of physical tension, you will learn how to create long-term changes in your mental, emotional, and physical experience when with the horse.

The reality is having a support system increases the likelihood of making positive and lasting changes. Having guidance to help you raise your awareness, acknowledge your negative thought contributors, learn positive alternatives, clarify your intentions, and practice pro-active partnerships, decreases and eventually eliminates the overwhelming and debilitating experience our thoughts can create. This is your opportunity to become Empowered Horse Enthusiasts.


Options for your journey- 
Intro Consultation - 1 on 1 Choose from a 15, 30, or 60-minute Telephone Consult
Empowered Equine Partnership Series 3-Part 1 on 1 Coaching Series 
Mindful Horsemanship Significance Webinar Series 3-Part Group Webinar Series (60 minutes each)

Recent Testimonials:
"I have been around horses most of my life and I learned a lot of new skills which I have been practicing in my mental approach when I'm with my horse.  I never prioritized addressing the "me" factor or acknowledging the effect of my thoughts on my horse handling skills. Seeing the change in how my horse has responded to my 'new' mind-set was incredible. A great balance between self-awareness and clear expectations has allowed me to enjoy being with my horse again. I can't thank you enough for your patience and support." Laurie K. Australia 2020


"I completed one of Sam's Equine Behavior Courses in June and was really impressed with the presentation, which was easy to understand and immensely enjoyable. She is very thought-provoking and it has lead me to consider the conversation my horse has to off and listen for his responses. Thank you Sam." Chantelle J, UK, 2020



Empowering the Fearful

Horseback Rider 


Horse Coaching for the Worried, Anxious, or Anticipative Rider