The Psychology of Horsemanship by Claire Lilley

The Psychology of Horsemanship by Claire Lilley

Horses are fascinating and perceptive creatures. Developing a thorough understanding of how a horse interprets the world around them and deliberately being self-aware as a rider, are the essential skills to a successful and fulfilling partnership. In The Psychology of Horsemanship. well-known equestrian author and horse expert, Claire Lilley, shares her passion and knowledge about horses and riders developed from over forty years’ experience in the equestrian world, and more recently several years in the mental health profession. Divided into three sections, the book covers:

  • Equine psychology – the horse’s senses, primary responses and emotion
  • Training psychology – the rider’s communication, training and learning from past experiences
  • Relational psychology – the goals, the development and the challenges faced in successful horsemanship

With high-quality photographs, diagrams and extended real-life examples, this book explores the application of psychology to the world of horses and how the understanding and evolvement of the horse-rider relationship impacts on both mental and physical development.

Claire’s latest book is available from Crowood Press on the link below;

The Psychology of Horsemanship by Claire Lilley

The Countryside Counsellor

The Countryside Counsellor

As the Countryside Counsellor, I fully understand that rural life is not easy and comes with a whole range of stressful situations. Solo working can be lonely, with no-one to share your fears and concerns..

Counselling with horses Anxiety

With long term stress, anxiety can take hold, affecting your self-confidence and self-worth. Fear is hard to admit to yourself, but it has a far-reaching effect on handling and riding horses and other animals, and affect personal relationships..

Depression

As an equestrian professional myself for many years, I understand this world and how tough it can be, especially in the long, cold and dark winter months. Long days with little rest can have a negative affect on mood and wellbeing.

Bereavement

Losing a beloved horse or pet can be devastating, as can taking the decision to end their life if they are suffering. Letting go is so difficult, and finding support through this dreadful experience really helps.

Coping with Injury

Personal injury is common, and can be hard to deal with if you are a fit and active person. Physical jobs such as vets, farriers, farmers, horse trainers, for example, demand physical fitness and stamina: injury can knock this for six, and the mental impact of not being able to do what you need be very stressful.

I can offer counselling in Market Lavington.

contact me for details.

The Equestrian Counsellor

Counsellor

I am a therapeutic counsellor with an equestrian background. I combine these skills to help you to get the best out of your relationship with your horse.

Team Work

Building a better relationship with your horse is about how you work as a team. . Sessions will include ‘talking therapy’ without the horse, to gain self-awareness  and to explore issues going on for you. We will also work with your horse, to improve how you function together.

Understanding your Horse

Horses are very aware of non-verbal communication- our body language, how calm and confident we are, or not. This applies to all aspects of horsemanship – whether we are riding or handling them, or simply in their presence. They pick up things about ourselves we are not even aware of!

What happens in sessions?

We can discuss what comes up for you, and time will be spent on common issues that can turn horsemanship from a pleasurable experience into a nightmare! Talking about strategies and a game-plan off the horse in a calm environment can help you to work through problems before putting them into practice.

Details

I can offer a ‘package deal’ of 6 sessions, for example, starting and finishing with you on your own to notice and understand the change in your relationship with your horse. Personal sessions without the horse can be on-line, using Zoom.

50 minute sessions cost £40 without the horse, and £45 if I come to you to work with your horse too (for up to an hour). (Travel costs may apply.)