**Exciting new Rider Confidence Course**  

Harry beah shotWould you like to have the fun and joy put back into your horsemanship and riding?

Perhaps you have got stuck and can’t let go of the fear following a bad experience with your horse or previous horse? 

You are not alone,  We can help.

Anxiety, fear, dread is something that is familiar to most riders. Some level of anxiety is healthy and keeps you on your toes but not when it comes to dominate and take all the fun out of riding.  Anxiety as riders or owners of  horses is often due to a bad experience in the saddle (or several),  having been hurt on the ground or maybe a bad loading/transporting experience.  EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) can help to process the past experiences so that the fear and anxiety reduces and riding can once again become joyful.

This course has a strong psychological component for managing anxiety and improving performance. It will help you in understanding the physiological basis of anxiety, some breathing and mindfulness techniques and some opportunity to process fearful experiences using EMDR.

Seat builder picPart 1: This is an intensive 2 day course without horses,  in which we will not only cover the psychological aspect above, but also learn how to read situations and develop strategies with your horse so that you can be prepared for any eventuality. This course will include classroom sessions, simulations and some time on our “mighty bronchy” riding simulator. 

Date:  Sundays 10th and 17th March. Registration 9.15am for a 9.30am start.
The day will finish around 5pm.

Cost: £190  Tea/coffee provided.
Venue: Parkfield Stables, Hurstpierpoint, W.Sussex.
Course facilitators: Dr Ines Santos, Clinical Psychologist and specialist in psychological trauma and
Dr Terri Martinus, Horsemanship Coach who has a vast experience helping with confidence issues in both horses and riders.

Participants who have completed  Part 1 may then have the option  to bring their horses to Part 2 of this course.

Part 2: These 2 days will focus on using the techniques and strategies learned from Part 1 of the course, in more of a practical setting with your horse.  This will include classroom sessions and practical horse time on the ground as well as ridden for those that wish to address managing anxiety or performance in the saddle.  We will also look at how you can build your horses confidence and develop a trusting partnership. 

“Confidence is being prepared for the unthinkable” – Ray Hunt.

Date: May 4th and 5th. Now full – please register an interest for future courses.
Cost: £190 includes free grass horse pens for overnight.  Tea/coffee provided.
Venue: Parkfield Stables, Hurstpierpoint, W.Sussex.

Contact Terri at info@1withyourhorse.com to book.  We will only be taking a maximum of 6 participants on each part of this unique course.
(A non refundable d
eposit is required to secure your place). 

About Dr Ines Santos:

IMG_6813I am a clinical psychologist with 18 years’ experience and I am a specialist in psychological trauma. I work both in the NHS and in private practice. 

I’ve always loved horses but riding was something that I mostly only did occasionally on holidays. I started having lessons more frequently a few years back and though I learned to ride, it always felt hard work, never flowing. Last year I went on a retreat with horses that fundamentally changed how I view horses and my relationship with them. I found out about natural horsemanship, a different way of relating to horses that wasn’t about keeping pushing them to do what I needed them to do. It opened my eyes to the connection between my own state of mind and how the horse interacted with me. And it led me to find Terri. 

Over the last year with Terri, I have been working with horses on the ground learning natural horsemanship techniques, but much more than that, I have been soaking in Terri’s knowledge and instinct about horses. I have also been learning to relate what I know about traumatised people to traumatised horses; and translating what I do in clinic in terms of helping people overcome their fears to the horse yard. And from this, the idea of this course arose.    

I am an EMDR consultant and supervisor. EMDR, stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, and it is a very effective therapeutic approach to work with trauma related disorders and all sorts of other issues where difficult memories are important. EMDR is being adapted to be used in nonclinical settings, for example, in performance enhancement in business and in sports, to reduce performance anxiety and increase confidence.