“I would say to anyone that is struggling with their anxiety, contact Sam and get back to loving riding again!”

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About the Rider Confidence Course

Do you feel nervous or anxious about riding? Do you worry about falling off, or find yourself playing out worst case scenarios in your mind?

Perhaps you have had a bad experience which has shaken your confidence and is spoiling your enjoyment of your horse.

Or maybe you are fine in familiar territory, but then feel unsure and tense at fun rides or competitions? 

Being able to perform at your potential at competitions can feel impossible when you are tense, nervous or anxious.

Would you like to fall in love with riding again, and be free to fully enjoy your horsemanship?

If so, then I can help!

Our horses mirror us both physically and mentally. So much focus is given to what we are doing physically when we are riding, but what we are doing with our minds has a tremendous impact upon our state, our body and our horse.

It’s been scientifically proven that even just our expectation of an event can have a direct impact upon our horse, which highlights the need to develop our ability to be calm and confident whenever we are in the presence of our horse.

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When we are anxious, nervous or stressed, not only are we signalling to our horse that there is danger, but also our bodies are unable to be as calm and flexible as they need to be in order for our horses to move comfortably beneath us.

We need to be calm, confident and assertive in order to give our horses the leadership they want and need to thrive.

So how can you change your experience?

The Confident Rider Course

I created the Confident Rider Course by drawing on my experience of working one-to-one with many riders, to develop their self-belief and confidence.

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Master your mindset in four engaging online sessions

During four 90 minute online sessions, you will be guided through various evidence-based processes, and learn a range of psychological tools that will enable you to calm your mind and body, learn to be present in the moment with your horse, and most of all enjoy riding again!

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Interact with others who are sharing the same experience

Whilst each person has their own unique reasons for joining the course, the shared experience and the support offered by the group is always a lovely aspect of the course. So often we feel alone in our experience and it can be very comforting to learn that riders at all levels can and do experience similar challenges.

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Acquire powerful new skills that you'll use forever

You’ll learn practical skills that will enable you to influence your state ‘in the moment’. You will learn how to overcome anxiety and stress which is the result of past negative experiences, how to transform your self-talk and create a supportive inner dialogue, how to develop your focus and attention and deliberately direct them where they are most valuable. 

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You'll have lifetime access to the course content

Alongside your sessions, you’ll also have access to the Confident Rider Course online portal, where you’ll be able to access and download key resources, guided visualisation recordings and mental rehearsal exercises.

CONFIDENT RIDER COURSE PRICE

£295

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1 July | 8 July | 15 July | 22 July

 

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Prefer not be be in a group?

Almost all of my clients find working in a group to be rewarding and effective. But if you’d feel more comfortable working with me one-to-one, then that’s absolutely possible!

Simply sign up to the Mental Training Programme for an entirely bespoke, personalised and individual mind coaching experience.

RIDER CONFIDENCE SUCCESS STORIES

Client Comments

“`I would say to anyone that is struggling with anxiety to contact Sam and work with her to get back to loving riding, as life is too short to suffer with anxiety. After 3 years of struggling with my anxiety of riding and being around my pony after a 30+ year break, numerous riding lessons and an excellent instructor on my own pony, I saw an advert for Prepare to Win with Sam. Somehow that advert stuck in my thoughts like nothing else had and after another failed lesson I came home and contacted Sam. With Sam’s excellent guidance and help, I have become a lot more confident on the ground with mine and other people’s horses and my riding is almost back to where I was 30 years ago!”
“If you want inspiration and confidence this is the course for you!
Having completed Sam’s course a few weeks ago I can honestly say the benefits are endless. It’s so easy to incorporate the course techniques naturally into your everyday life to give a sense of calmness, positivity and self worth. Plus calmer, more focused riding is so good for your horse’s well being.
I thoroughly recommend the course to everyone!”
“I met Sam at a riding event, where we got chatting about what she does basically by accident. I started to mention a lot of my confidence issues, and my constant need of perfection. She immediately seemed to recognise my thoughts, and explained to me why I felt like that. After our discussion, I decided to book 4 appointments online.
Her work is truly transformative, and although she specialises in equine performance coaching, rest assured all her methods work with every issue you could probably have. After all, issues with riding performance may well have stemmed from deeper-rooted issues, as in my case.
Sam is truly interested and dedicated to everyone she helps, it is a truly personalised experience, and she gives you access to everything you need from the sessions, for life.
I’d just like to say a huge thank you to Sam for giving me the perspective change I so desperately needed. Life feels so much better now.”

“Firstly, my daughter is amazing!! She is a totally different rider and rides her boy fantastically now… out hacking, show jumping anywhere… she took him x-country at camp, unknown if he’d ever seen a xc fence, and after a 5 minute ‘discussion’ together they ended up jumping all the 100 fences with absolutely no issues!! She has competed 3 times now and gone from doing 80/90 in the 1st one to jumping 1.10/1.15 by her 3rd… I have absolutely no idea how you have done it but the girl has a whole new level of confidence allowing her to thrive with her boy!! So thank you, thank you, thank you!!!”

“Sam totally transformed my relationship with my horse thanks to her deep understanding of human psychology and horsemanship.

I got in touch with Sam after an accident on my youngster which, while not the horse’s fault, knocked our confidence. I saw significant improvements after the first session. Within weeks, I went from being afraid to get on to hacking out and riding alone in the arena and outside.
Before Sam, I had read about 5 books on the topic of rider confidence, but the one-on-one sessions with Sam and individual advice was life-changing.
Sam is also a really lovely person and great to talk to, so I looked forward to our sessions on a personal level too. She strikes a great balance between being a friend and holding you accountable. Highly recommended for anyone who would like to be more confident and give their horse more confidence.”

“Everyone should be thrilled to have this opportunity — Sam is amazing and I am here to tell you that an advanced riding age, thanks to Sam I actually WON a class at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala! And there were only 62 in my class (less than my age!! Yikes)”

“Sam is a true professional and very good at what she does. She has helped me to become a more calm and confident rider. I now have the mental space to learn and feel what is required to be a better horseman. My mare appreciates the difference. Not only has the training helped with my riding but life in general, as I am a much calmer and positive person. I would highly recommend Sam to anyone that no longer wants negative thoughts, emotions and anxiety to hold them back from achieving their ambitions. I couldn’t believe the difference it made to me in such a short time”

“I contacted Sam for help when my riding confidence was at an all time low. I honestly was wondering if I’d ever be able to truly enjoy riding again as I was a bag of nerves every time I got on. Sam took the time to get to know me and understand what I wanted to achieve – in the first instance this was to be able to ride around the school for half an hour on my own, and to enjoy it! I was marginally sceptical but also excited. From the first session I got results. I was more focused and I was breathing properly! This only got better, and it wasn’t long before I was hacking out on the roads and loving riding again”

“I first contacted Sam to help me with my partnership with my horse. We were having problems moving forward with our relationship as my negative mindset was holding us both back. With Sams mentoring I found I was able to change my way of thinking and create a more positive out look to life. The sessions were enlightening and fun and the weekly catch up calls very helpful. I found not only did these sessions help me with the relationship with my horse but also other aspects of my life. I found I was able to sleep better and also have more confidence in my ability to drive”

“Sam is truly amazing at what she does! She gave me the gift of bringing back the joy to riding rather than always thinking the worst. I highly recommend her program to any rider or any athlete who is having any trouble remembering they actually can “DO THIS” and do it well!”

“As an older adult and a ‘re-rider’, I found myself with a complicated horse to ride. Unplanned dismounts were becoming all too frequent, and anxiety was taking the reins. There were some books, some sports psychologists that had great things to read, but somehow Sam totally got it. She taught me how to reframe my dialogue from a negative to a positive. Suddenly I could smile again — and it is supposed to fun! But the best part is, I think of what she taught me all the time and it has helped in so many ways beyond just my riding. I highly recommend Sam!”

“With Sam’s help I not only feel that my relationship with my horse has improved but also other aspects of my life have changed for the better. I am able to get a more restful nights sleep and find driving my car to new destinations far less stressful”

“Sam worked with us in a large group, she was professional, knowledgeable and thought provoking. She really knows her stuff and I would recommend her to anyone looking to make a positive change in their lives. She also has an amazing voice! So now, even after the event we can listen to her guided sessions via her portal and continue with our personal development journeys. Thanks Sam”

“As an older adult rider coming back to the sport after a 30+ year break, my internal dialogue was not pretty. Sam showed me how to change that dialogue and now I am a believer in that how you think, what you tell yourself can be changed and when it’s changed – so are you! I would recommend that EVERYONE try it! Thanks again Sam!”

“My goal from working with Sam was to overcome anxiety I have experienced for many years when horse riding in a competitive environment, but the techniques she has taught me have helped with so much more than that! I have become more confident in my own ability and now have the tools to overcome any issues that I face, not only when I’m riding but in all aspects of my life”

“Sam is a true professional and very good at what she does. She has helped me to become a more calm and confident rider. I now have the mental space to learn and feel what is required to be a better horseman. My mare appreciates the difference. Not only has the training helped with my riding but life in general, as I am a much calmer and positive person. I would highly recommend Sam to anyone that no longer wants negative thoughts, emotions and anxiety to hold them back from achieving their ambitions. I couldn’t believe the difference it made to me in such a short time”

“My journey with Sam began after hearing of a positive outcome from a fellow rider. My needs were different, I had started to suffer from yard related anxiety. This was having an impact on my relationship with my horse and I was not always able to apply the focus needed. Enjoyment had certainly diminished over a period of time and my confidence in my ability was waning in certain aspects.

Sam provided me with tools which enabled me to redirect my thoughts if needed, to increase my positivity and to start to believe in myself once again. Certainly recommend”

“I contacted Sam for help when my riding confidence was at an all time low. I honestly was wondering if I’d ever be able to truly enjoy riding again as I was a bag of nerves every time I got on. Sam took the time to get to know me and understand what I wanted to achieve – in the first instance this was to be able to ride around the school for half an hour on my own, and to enjoy it! I was marginally sceptical but also excited. From the first session I got results. I was more focused and I was breathing properly! This only got better, and it wasn’t long before I was hacking out on the roads and loving riding again.

I highly recommend Sam for any riders who have lost confidence or simply have a goal they want to work on”

“I first contacted Sam to help me with my partnership with my horse. We were having problems moving forward with our relationship as my negative mindset was holding us both back. With Sams mentoring I found I was able to change my way of thinking and create a more positive out look to life. The sessions were enlightening and fun and the weekly catch up calls very helpful. I found not only did these sessions help me with the relationship with my horse but also other aspects of my life. I found I was able to sleep better and also have more confidence in my ability to drive”

“Sam is truly amazing at what she does! She gave me the gift of bringing back the joy to riding rather than always thinking the worst. I highly recommend her program to any rider or any athlete who is having any trouble remembering they actually can “DO THIS” and do it well!”

“You can trust Samantha to give you the strategies and strength to manage both personal and business challenges. She encouraged me to build on the skills I already had and led me towards success. I can definitely recommend Samantha if you are prepared to win!”

“Sam, has helped me to see the world through a different lens. My self-esteem and confidence has reach a new level and the results have enabled me to enjoy my life to the full”

“As an older adult and a ‘re-rider’, I found myself with a complicated horse to ride. Unplanned dismounts were becoming all too frequent, and anxiety was taking the reins. There were some books, some sports psychologists that had great things to read, but somehow Sam totally got it. She taught me how to reframe my dialogue from a negative to a positive. Suddenly I could smile again — and it is supposed to fun! But the best part is, I think of what she taught me all the time and it has helped in so many ways beyond just my riding. I highly recommend Sam!”

“Hi Sam, I am so happy to provide a testimonial of the amazing progress that my Daughter has made on your course. The difference from the first session that she had with you, to the present day after 4 sessions has been astonishing. Her nervousness around the horses has almost completely gone, she is once again able to enjoy riding and being around them, and she is also far less anxious in general. I have absolutely no doubt that the tools that you have given her will benefit her in so many ways, and I’m so pleased that she has had this opportunity to really understand herself at such a young age. Being in on the sessions has also benefitted me too in so many ways, and having access to the sessions after the course is invaluable to be able to carry on progressing on our journey. I’m just so pleased that we found you on Facebook, as I’m not sure where we would be now if we hadn’t”

“Hi Sam, I am so happy to provide a testimonial of the amazing progress that my Daughter has made on your course. The difference from the first session that she had with you, to the present day after 4 sessions has been astonishing. Her nervousness around the horses has almost completely gone, she is once again able to enjoy riding and being around them, and she is also far less anxious in general. I have absolutely no doubt that the tools that you have given her will benefit her in so many ways, and I’m so pleased that she has had this opportunity to really understand herself at such a young age. Being in on the sessions has also benefitted me too in so many ways, and having access to the sessions after the course is invaluable to be able to carry on progressing on our journey. I’m just so pleased that we found you on Facebook, as I’m not sure where we would be now if we hadn’t”

“Can absolutely endorse Sam, her courses are incredible, the support is real and the results amazing. Truly money well spent”

“Working with Sam left me with so many more benefits then I had initially set out for! Sam is so friendly and has such a great attitude towards her work, she really wants you to succeed just as much as you do! Doing this course with Sam was a great experience and it left me with so many new skills to tackle aspects of my life in and out of the saddle”

“I felt happy that at the end of the course I had improved so much and I don’t have to worry about selling my horse anymore. At the beginning of the course I was worried it would not work, but it has helped so much!”

“To anyone who is hesitating booking sessions with Sam I would say this. Her work is focused, her knowledge and ability to help are superb, and you will find your thinking and ability to deal with situations transformed. Sam really cares about her clients, and the back up you receive from her is invaluable.  Don’t put it off! If you really want to change and understand your own mind so that you can work through and resolve problems you may be having…whatever they are…you need to work with Sam. I cannot recommend her highly enough”

Sam and Bronson

Your Mind Coach

Samantha Shanks-Husbands. Dip.Hyp, HPD, MUKHC

I train people to harness the power of their mind to achieve their goals. Horsemanship is my personal passion, so I specialise in working with riders to develop their confidence and self-belief. In fact, the reason I originally trained as a Mind Coach was because of my own personal experience of overcoming my anxieties to completely transform my relationship with my horse.

Imagine…

Imagine being a calm and confident rider, able to look forward to all the things you are going to do with your horse and then being able to enjoy them fully.

Imagine arriving at the yard looking forward to spending time with your horse. Putting your foot in the stirrup, feeling calm and confident and ready to enjoy your ride.

Imagine being able to respond to challenges in a calm and confident manner and being able to enjoy fun rides, shows and competitions.

Sign up today, to make this a reality!