Live Your Dream of RIDING FEAR FREE

Help for Fearful Riders and Their Teachers

Are you a fearful rider? Have you been searching for help in overcoming your fear so that you can finally achieve your horseback riding dreams? Or are you a riding instructor or horse trainer who struggles to convince fearful students that they can ride with confidence?

If so, Riding Fear Free can help.

Riding Fear Free goes beyond the traditional equitation and horse training advice and straight to the heart of the matter by addressing the true problem: Fear.

Learn how the scientific principles of fear extinction and memory replacement can be applied at the barn and under saddle so that you will never have another fearful ride.

Learn How to:
Rate Your Fear Level,
See the Reality of Your Situation,
Deal with Emotions, and
Replace Fear Memories.

Conquer Your Fears of Horseback Riding

Horsemanship is unlike any other hobby. It allows you the opportunity to bond with a majestic animal while traveling across beautiful landscapes. Unfortunately, many of us are unable to experience this joy and freedom due to a variety of factors. Our book, Riding Fear Free, can help you manage your worries and anxieties so you can fully enjoy your horseback riding experience.

Riding Fear Free is available as an eBook and paperback (black-and-white or full-color versions) at Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and at many other online retailers.

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Ride Where You Can...

...Many fearful riders resent the idea of staying in a safe place when they really want to learn to ride the trails or gallop cross country. They may still feel the pressure to "just do it" or "cowboy up" and open the gate too soon in the process. This is understandable. Surely you cannot get over your fear of trail riding by walking along in a round pen. Or Can you?

...But Imagine Riding Where You Can't

Using visualization, it is possible to begin creating new fear-free memories of riding where you can't. You can ride in a pasture, you can ride at the National Finals Rodeo, and you can ride on the side of a cliff or in the desert, or at the Olympics. Just use visualization.

Extinguishing fear requires the rider to accumulate many fear-free memories to replace the old, negative memories, and the best way to begin this process is to use visualization under saddle. The mind will accept these new visualized memories as valid replacements of the old fearful ones, so when the time comes to open the gate and ride outside the round pen, you will have already done it hundreds of times in your mind (Daley and Becton, 70-71).


"Laura Daley and Jennifer Becton have absolutely nailed the topic of fear from a scientific perspective and given me real techniques for managing it in the saddle and around my horse Charlie. This book gave me hope."

-Jody Lyons

"This book has amazing potential to help many people. Thank you, Laura and Jennifer, for putting this in writing."

-Raye Lochert, Raye Lochert Horsemanship

"This is the book I’ve been waiting for – without even knowing it. Trying to help riders with fears I often didn’t understand was frustrating. And there just wasn’t much help out there for fearful riders or those working with them - until now. These authors truly understand the various types of fear and most importantly common sense, simple ways to fix them. Laura writes with the wisdom of someone who has a great deal of experience and insight into all kinds of fear.

There is, of course, the “good fear” that keeps us out of a truly dangerous situation. But the unfounded or no longer valid fears that hangover riders, sucking the fun out of horse activities, are what this book will help. Riding Fear Free covers every imaginable aspect of fear, horse, and environment. You can not only ride in spite of fear, you can get rid of it.

If you find yourself making excuses not to ride, “I really should do that laundry…” you need this book.

If you get “butterflies” or a knot in your stomach when you think about riding your horse - you need this book.

If you are an instructor who has searched for ways to help students who feel fear you’ve never felt – you need this book.

If you are an instructor who has felt fear of riding – you need this book for both your own healing and your students’ healing."

-Kathy Huggins
John Lyons Certified Trainer
Owner, Cedar Creek Training Stables

"Hi Laura

I felt compelled to send you this message to thank you for your book.

As a teacher and trainer, you have helped me to see my students in a new and hopefully, a more empowering way.

I have a couple of students who are working through issues of fear and I had to smile as I saw myself in your Teachers section as you wrote about trying to help them through increased control of the horse as opposed to working with their emotions.

I have also had fear issues in the past and have had to work hard to overcome.

Thank you, Laura, for all that you do to empower others and to help them enjoy every moment with their equine partners!

Take care and have a great week!"


"In ‘Riding Fear Free’ Laura Daley and Jennifer Becton offer hope to those who have had the enjoyment of horses stolen from them by fear. Using scientific principles of fear extinction and memory replacement, they describe a step-by-step method for truly overcoming fear and reclaiming the joy of being with horses.
The book describes how fear actually works and debunks the traditional advice in the equine community for ‘dealing with fear’. It forced me to re-think how I view fear, in myself and in others, and how to react to it. I believe my daughter’s riding experience would have been much different if I had read this book 10 years ago.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone who has any fear or deals with people who may be fearful. Parents, riding instructors, spouses, and those who ride with fearful partners would all benefit greatly from reading this book."

-Rhythm-n-Beads (Book Review)

"I am not a fearful rider, but Riding Fear Free has helped me become a better rider—and parent, and teacher, and person! I lack confidence in my riding ability and am always second-guessing myself, always wondering, “Did I give the right cue? Is my horse not responding because of something I did or didn’t do? Am I doing this right?” Riding Fear Free gave me steps to take that built my confidence and riding ability. The progressive, small steps the book encourages as well as the techniques such as journaling and short rides have made good horsemanship an attainable goal.

But what makes this book unique is its dual perspective for the trainer and the student. It gave me insight into how to deal with my students, kids, and people in general. In order to promote growth in a rider, student, child, or even yourself, the operations of the mind must be understood. And Riding Fear Free does that. It explores how the mind works and how it overcomes fears or negative experiences through small, repetitive positive experiences. The concepts can be applied to many areas in life beyond the barn.

Laura Daley has an uncanny insight into the psyche of humans and horses and how the two relate to each other, and Jennifer Becton helps take those insights and creates an easy-to-read manual that provides insight in a logical, straightforward manner. Riding Fear Free will be an asset to any rider or riding instructor’s library."

-Jen Hooker

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With the help of this book, you can overcome your fears of horseback riding and open the path to becoming a confident equestrian. Contact us today to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you.