Are you tired of constantly being afraid when you ride, nervous over every little thing, always looking forward to riding and yet dreading it at the same time?
Would you like almost more than anything in the world (yes, almost), just to be able to relax on horseback and enjoy your time with your horse (while you are actually on your horse)?
Imagine for a moment, if your worries were only little ones ....
You are thinking about going riding later on in the day, and all you are worried about are things like;- "Will it be raining? I'd better wear a coat. Or where will I go? I might go to the woods, or will the gate be locked?"
Little things like that, instead of secretly and silently being very afraid, every time you thought about your ride (and you probably thought about it a lot).
Would you like to learn how to use tools that you already have, to calm your fear of riding, and to make a real connection with your horse, so you can both enjoy your time together, you and your horse.
You can learn how to use your energy, and your breath, to go deep inside your body and to transform your fear into genuine Awareness, which is the opposite to Fear.
I can show you how to do this, through the medium of Equestrian Tai Chi exercises specifically designed for practice on horseback, and Taoist Breathing exercises specifically designed for riding.
HEADER - This is not just a pipe dream - there is a way to achieve this and it's easier than you think.
Part 3 (ABOUT ME)
Header This is not just a pipe dream - there is a way to achieve this and it's easier than you think...
My name is Jenny Pim, I am not a riding instructor, I don't teach riding, but what I do is, I specialise in is training people how to connect with their own internal energy, and show them how to use their own relaxed energy to calm their fear.
All of this began by chance, many years ago.
I lost a lot of the confidence that I used to have riding, after I had children. I really hated being afraid and tried many things to get over my fear, but nothing had a lasting effect.
I had a busy life, bringing up my family, breeding ponies and teaching Tai Chi, so to save time, I'd often prepare for my evening Tai Chi classes when I was riding.
I began to notice that the ponies I practiced on were enjoying our practice, they would lick and chew and drop their heads and relax. I noticed the ponies became calmer and less spooky, in fact their spookiness had been making me nervous.
I noticed that I became a lot more confident riding. I looked forward to my ride. I didn't just go out riding at the last minute any more, just to get it in. I began to guard it as my time for me to spend with my ponies and I would be annoyed (and even a bit resentful) if I did not manage to ride a particular day. I practiced Tai Chi on horseback every day I rode. This was completely different than before, when I had been glad of any excuse not to ride.
Because I had become more confident, I could go anywhere I wanted to, but sometimes, my fear would come back again and almost overwhelm me. So at those times, I introduced Taoist Breathing into my confidence practice, and it helped me get control again and ride normally.
I began to develop a system for breathing for different situations.
If I was going out riding on a windy day, although I might have felt initially nervous, the fact that I knew I could calm myself, and that I had done it many times previously, gave me enormous confidence. I was able to go for my ride.
The ponies loved our Tai Chi practice and they would stop and "ask" to do it in places we had previously practiced, it calmed them and relaxed them. It gave me a great feeling of us being connected, and going on adventures together.
I always think it is so strange, that we all love riding and want to do it so much - even if we are very afraid.
I wanted to find a way to make people independent, for them to be able to manage their own fear, so they could find within themselves, the strength and the courage, to be able to ride happily and to enjoy their time with their horse, while they were actually on their horse.
Part 4 (WHY DO PEOPLE HAVE THIS PROBLEM)
HEADER - HAVING A FEAR OF RIDING IS VERY COMMON, HERE ARE SOME OF THE MAIN REASONS WHY PEOPLE FEEL AFRAID ....
2. They know someone, or they have heard about someone, who has had a serious riding accident and it is constantly on their mind.
3. They have an injury or injuries, and they are worried they might agravate an old injury, or worse if they took a fall.
4. They were over-horsed. They may have been riding a young nervous animal whose energy frightened them, or a horse that was too strong for them, or they may have been riding a badly schooled horse, whose behaviour they didn't know how to correct.
5. They have become a parent. It is very common for people who have children to see danger everywhere. There is also the added responsibility of being a parent and worrying who would take care of their child if something should happen them.
6. They are getting older. It is natural to be worried about falling and being injured as we get older. Bones don't mend as quickly and our reactions may not be as sharp as they were when we were younger. Also there is the worry or not being able to drive if they were injured, or not being able to work, or to meet financial commitments, or to take care of their family. There is also the worry of not being able to take care of their horse.
7. They just can't pin it down to anything. Some people don't know why they are afraid, it could be a combination of things, but nothing of significance. They just feel uneasy and anxious a lot of the time.
I often hear nervous riders being given advice like, 'repeat a Mantra', or 'just breathe'. People giving this advice may mean well, but a rider who is extremely frightened needs much more than this to calm their fear.
Most people know that deep breathing helps to calm fear, but if that was all it took, then nobody would be afraid when they were riding.
It is true that deep breathing is great for calming fear, but in reality, people are not able to sustain it for long, unless they practice it, and more importantly, unless they practice the right type of breathing.
Taking few deep breaths and then going back to being scared again is not contributing to lasting change. It is not going to give you the confidence in yourself, when you are going out for a ride, that you have the ability to control your fear.
I developed Taoist Breathing For Riding with my teacher Dr. Alan Peatfield, unlike other breathing advice often given to nervous riders, these exercises take into account that you are in continuous motion, and are in close contact with your horse, who will be affected by your breathing.
I have spent years developing the exercises that are compatible with riding and calming fear into a system, that gives people strategies for different types of situations.
I have been teaching Tai Chi professionally since 2002. I'm a registered Tai Chi Instructor for The Tai Chi Union For Great Britain and Tai Ji Europa, The European Tai Chi Chuan Portal.
My interests now lie in teaching Equestrian Tai Chi, in helping people manage their fear of riding and connecting with their horse, and in teaching special interest groups. I have taught many different types of people, for many years, how to connect with their energy, and I believe that it is an ability we all have within us.
Equestrian Tai Chi To Build Confidence Riding is a system where all of the parts go together. Everything is based on Tai Chi and Taoist methodology.
1. By practicing Equestrian Tai Chi, you will awaken and develop your internal energy. This is a shared practice for you and your horse. It will deepen your connection, and give you both a chance to enjoy time together, when you are not frightened, until you can get used to not being frightened when you ride.
2. Because you are awakening and developing your internal energy, it gives you the ability to use your energy and your breath, to monitor and adjust how your body feels. You do not control your fear, or suppress it, or ignore it, or pretend it is something different. You harmonize with your fear and accept it, you pay attention to it's physical symptoms, and then you change them.
3. You learn how to apply what you have learned in Equestrian Tai Chi and Taoist Breathing For Riding, so that you can feel less afraid when you ride.
The course is fully available online and you get instant lifetime access to Module 1 when you join.
When you register, you will be emailed a link to your private online course.
The course is divided into four Modules and they are delivered over a six week week period:-
- When you join you get immediate access to Module 1.
- In two weeks from signing up, you will have access to Module 2.
- In four weeks from signing up, you will have access to Module 3.
- In 6 weeks from signing up, you will have access to Module 4.
Drip feeding like this, is to help you, by creating a learning structure for you.
You have lifetime access to the Modules and can learn the material in your own time, so you don't actually have to complete the material in the timeframe given at all.
The course has three components which work together:-
This is what you learn as you progress through the four modules.
Part 7 (Testimonials)
Header- THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ....
I am a rider overcoming lack of confidence issues.
My mare Bailey had tendon problems and was off work for eight months or so. Well the idea of riding her for the very first time frightened me. But 'everything for a reason' I like to believe.
The forced time off her, allowed me to complete the four modules of this course. I had got into the habit of doing Equestrian Tai Chi practice in the field and in the stable. I also had got into the habit of doing the breathing exercises. I got a lot of practice in before I really needed it. The Equestrian Tai Chi Form is flowing now and not clunky as at first. It's not like Jenny's yet, but I'll keep trying. I know The Form now without the videos, but it's also good for me to re-watch the videos and find ways to refine the movements.
The very first ride on Bailey was the test for me. I worked her on the ground. I tacked her up. I mounted and I did the full Equestrian Tai Chi Form on her back for the first time! I finished and I asked her to walk on. We did a little walk and a trot and I was thrilled.
How I believe it works for me is:
It gives my mind something else to do, than worry about the 'what if's'. I realised that while doing the 'something else to do', that I didn't die.
The reason being that the 'something else' was deliberately drawing breath into my body, relaxing my muscles and reducing my heart rate, and thereby calming my emotions and interrupting the fear story that gets rerun in my head.
The energy field that me and my horse share has been calmed. There is no need for Bailey to be worried or anxious, her herd members are calm, so she is. This leaves us both free to deal with the real issues, that can, and do arise, without wasting our energy on imagined ones.
Equestrian Tai Chi is not a quick fix, it is a health enhancing habit, that every horse rider needs to practice, especially important to anyone who suffers from anxiety. Thanks so much Jenny Pim.
- Margo Murphy,
Hi Jenny, I practiced the Tai Chi along with the breathing and I had a really nice ride on my horse today. I felt so much calmer than I usually do. Could this be working so fast? If so, it is somewhat miraculous. I would say, I have only done it, perhaps five times.
and then a few weeks later
Hi Jenny, I had an awesome ride on my horse yesterday, it was the first time I had someone hold Sundance while I did Tai Chi on his back.
- Sandy Bailey
I treated myself to Jenny's Equestrian Tai Chi course as I had become a very nervous rider since having my daughter in 2011.
My horse Baylee an Irish cob mare is mostly quiet and well behaved, but she is strong and gets a bit fresh and jumpy when I hack out on her. I used to feel myself tensing up and was always expecting the worst, which made Baylee even more jumpy as I was transferring my nervousness to her. In the end riding my horse became something I ended up trying to avoid.
Since following Jenny's programme, I have found so much benefit, as I am once again enjoying riding my horse! I am now much calmer and feel more relaxed and in control when I am riding. Baylee is also benefitting and has become a lot steadier and much less jumpy when we hack out. She enjoys me practicing the Tai Chi exercises on her and it has definitely strengthened out bond.
I highly recommend the Equestrian Tai Chi Course to anyone who gets nervous or tense when riding, or even if you would just like to feel more connected with your horse.
Thank you Jenny for putting so much time and effort into making this excellent course.
- Sarah Wainwright
Part 8 (Everything you get with the course)
Heading - This is everything that you get with the course
Sub heading What is included in each Module
How to store your energy.
Equestrian Tai Chi Warm Up Exercises.
The first 8 movements of the sequence of Equestrian Tai Chi.
The 5 Foundation Taoist Breathing For Riding Exercises.
How to heal and deal with memories from The Past.
Movements 9 - 12 of the sequence of Equestrian Tai Chi.
4 Taoist Breathing For Riding Exercises that deeply relax your body.
A fresh look at The Present.
Why it is so important to relax in The Present.
What makes it difficult to relax your body in The Present and how to overcome this.
Movements 13 - 16 of the sequence of Equestrian Tai Chi.
Taoist Breathing For Riding Exercises for 3 different situations;
a) For when you've got a sudden fright.
b) For preparing yourself for something that's coming up that's making you nervous.
c) An exercise to help you, when you feel as if you have been overwhelmed by fear.
How to include your Etheric Field in your breathing practice.
A look at the Immediate Future and what is really is.
How to make your Immediate Future more comfortable for you if you are feeling afraid.
Movements 17 - 21 of the sequence of Equestrian Tai Chi.
Advanced Taoist Breathing for Riding exercises that teach you how to breathe though the energy channels of your body. They encourage you to lengthen and to have great posture.
These exercises are ideal "default" breathing exercises.
How to send energy to all parts of your body.
A look at The Future and why it never comes.
How to deal with worries you may have about Future.
Plus, you get to connect with me privately on Facebook, and let me know how you are getting on with overcoming your fear. You can ask questions and get feedback on your progress. I create a special Facebook Page for us to connect on when you join the course.
I offer a 30 Day Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee.
If you decide Equestrian Tai Chi To Build Confidence Riding is not for you, that is not problem at all, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org within 30 Days, and I will happily refund your money.
Maybe you have tried other things to get over your fear and they haven't worked, maybe you've given up hope, that you will be able to get over your fear, maybe you think you will do it sometime soon, or even next year. Maybe you think that you have tried everything.
But here's the thing, you haven't tried tried this. If you begin now, you could actually start to enjoy your riding, to even look forward to it. Imagine only missing your ride, if your really had to, and not being glad of any excuse not to go riding. Does that inspire hope in you, that you could actually feel that?
Horses feel so much happier with us when we are not afraid, they can relax and enjoy the special time they have with us. Would your horse have more fun with you if you were more relaxed?
Would you not really enjoy it, if you could just relax with your horse, and be carefree and happy?
Isn't that how it should be, you both happy, and relaxed and connected together?