Horse Riding With Confidence Courses

 Polly-Anne Lloyd RMN, Dip Behav. Psych., member of the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis, behavioural psychotherapist and hynotherapist specialising in the psychology of riding.


I run three or four day courses to help you overcome your riding confidence issues.

 e phone 0033 5 63 39 75 00


Our next course


We are delighted to offer you this intensive three day course/holiday for developing horse riding confidence

29th September to 1st October 2016


Hosted by Cortijo Los Lobos, Malaga, Spain

Maybe you have suffered a loss of confidence following a fall,or you haven’t ridden for a while or for other reasons wish to improve your riding confidence. The course is designed to help you understand your horse using natural methods and ride in a safe and supportive environment tailored to participants’ individual needs and levels of riding, together with hypnosis and counselling sessions to explore how your thinking affects your behaviour with your horse. Especially suited to those who wish to develop confidence when riding for leisure.

So you may ask “What is hypnosis?”

Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration. Hypnosis is usually done with the help of a therapist using verbal repetition and mental images. When you're under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed, and are more open to suggestions.

Hypnosis can be used to help you gain control over undesired behaviours or emotions or to help you cope better with anxiety or pain. It's important to know that although you're more open to suggestion during hypnosis, you don't lose control over your behaviour.

The hypnotic 'state' is similar to everyday experiences which people enter spontaneously, such as:

•Being 'lost in thought' or day dreaming

•Absorption in sport, reading, listening to music etc

•Driving for long distances and not recalling the route taken

•Being absorbed in meditation / relaxation procedures.

 It is like using a magnifying glass to focus the rays of the sun and make them more powerful. Similarly, when our minds are concentrated and focused, we are able to use our minds more powerfully. Because hypnosis allows people to use more of their potential, learning self-hypnosis is the ultimate act of self-control.


The course is also ideal also for the novice or nervous rider. Small group of 5 riders. To be held at Cortijo Los Lobos, Villanueva del Trabuco, Malaga, Spain.

Partners or friends of course members are also welcome to stay and have a large choice of other activities in the area. Maybe make the course part of your holiday in this beautiful part of Spain – stay longer at Cortijo Los Lobos to enjoy the heated pool , riding, mountain bikes, and stunning countryside, or perhaps move on to the coast to enjoy a change of scene.

The course will be facilitated by Polly-Anne Lloyd RMN, Dip Behav. Psych., member of the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis,behavioural psychotherapist and hynotherapist specialising in the psychology of riding and assisted by June Wolfe, owner of Cortijo Los Lobos who has many years experience of training horses in reward based methods and leading trekking groups.

Included, but not exclusive will be:

Understanding communication between horse and rider.

Energy and emotions as a two way path.

What is confidence?

Specific hypnosis techniques to identify and deal with unhelpful thought patterns.

The role of trauma in the development of confidence issues.

Teaching simple self-hypnosis techniques to induce relaxation and riding confidence.

Individual sessions on past traumas where applicable .

Goal setting in your riding.

Using your peers to help achieve your goals.

Learning to trust.

Mounted exercises tailored to suit your abilities, on horses trained using natural horsemanship methods, without force, coercion or pain,and without the use of bits or shoes.


Cost of the course: 695€ which includes 3 nights accommodation based on 2 people sharing a room, (arriving on the morning of 29th and departing on the afternoon of 2nd October) all meals, counselling and hypnotherapy sessions and 10 hours available riding and horse related activities. Single occupancy + 20€ per night. Non-participating partners or friends sharing room: 230€ (non participants who wish to do some trail riding, unrelated to the course, may arrange and pay on site)

Please note that there are a limited number of places on the course. Book early to avoid disappointment. If you book by May 31st 2016 you will receive a 10% discount.

Extra riding and meals can be provided for extended stays, or you may prefer to self cater or make use of the local restaurants. Vegetarian, vegan or special dietary requirements can usually be met.

Not included: travel to Cortijo Los Lobos (airport transfers can be arranged though you may prefer to hire a car to make the most of your stay) Malaga and Granada airports are just 45 minutes from the farm.

For further information about the course content please contact Polly at: or (France 0033) (0) For more detailed information about the accommodation, meals, horses and riding, please contact June at:


This is what some past course members had to say:


I completely lost my confidence in riding Savanna (my horse)/and other horses, for a variety of reasons, but mainly to do with my insecurities as oppose to anything the horse had done.

Last month I decided that enough was enough and I had to give it 1 last chance. I threw everything at it, to try and make things work. This included going on a 4 day Horse Riding with Confidence course, last week in Spain ran by Polly-Anne Lloyd.

I returned home and this week I put the course to the test. Day 1 on a lovely calm horse belonging to a friend, I felt so confident that I tried a canter!! Day 2 and 3 involved gaining more confidence and more cantering, completely fear free and at a level 0!!!

Then I decided if I felt ready to sit on Savanna. On day 1 I got on her and actually trotted. Same on day 2.

However, on day 3 (today), I felt happy enough to try a very small canter on Savanna! This may not sound like much to most people but not too long ago I was too afraid to bring her in from the field, let alone ride her again. I can’t believe how much I have managed to do in only 3 days and it is all down to a lot of support and encouragement from a lot of people. I last cantered Savanna 18 months ago and last rode her 14 months ago. My goal leaving the course was simply to one day be able to sit on her, yet here I was happy to try to canter after only 3 days.

I am so pleased that I was able to find a way to face my fears and realise that they were only in my head, and when they are only thoughts, they can be conquered.


May 2016





I have many confidence and anxiety issues stretching back over many years (more than 20!); mainly due to a couple of big crashes that I've had and also due to the fact every time I fall off I seem to do an injury to myself. I've never had an "easy" fall

Despite this I have two of my own horses, and I have regular lessons. On my mare we occasionally hack, though this is the one area in which I have very little confidence now. With my youngster - who at 16.2 and rising 5, 

I have good days and bad days. He is schooled by my instructor 4 times a week, and he is an absolute poppet, but he is just a lot more horse than what I'm used to riding. I came off him last Easter, though no fault of his own which left me with a concussion and a more longer standing hip injury. A year later I'm still riding mainly on a lunge line, and will occasionally not even get into trot.

A week ago, I came back from a horse riding with confidence course, which was run by Polly-Anne Lloyd. The course was great, and I learned a lot of techniques on how to reduce my inner and outer anxiety and also some techniques on how to calm myself down and slow things (like my heart rate and breathing!) down.

Today was the first time I've sat on Blitz since I got back from the course, and we had a great lesson. For the first time *ever* I got on him without anyone one holding onto him, and we worked in walk and trot.Yes, it wasn't perfect, and I still had a couple of "moments" but I got past them a lot faster than usual, and at the end of the lesson, I was even able to relax and take my feet out of the stirrups while on a long rein.

I've been having serious thoughts about selling Blitz (and then crying about it every time the thought crossed my mind) as I was beginning to wonder if I would *ever* have any confidence on him at all. After today I'm starting to thing that we will get there eventually.

A huge thank you to Polly, I'm hoping to top up my new found skills with another course later in the year.



May 2016



Other venues plus Riding Simulator sessions

I offer the same course content in different areas and countries.

At my home in SW France I can also offer individual or very small group (3 people) counselling, hypnotherapy and riding.I can also offer sessions, as part of a course or separate, on "Woody" my mechanical cantering horse. You can practice your seat and gain confidence at 3 speeds of canter on a horse who never spooks, shies, bucks or rears!


Sessions on Woody can also help riders who need to practice mounting, dismounting and riding following an injury or surgery (with your doctor's permission)

Please contact me for details.

e phone 0033 5 63 39 75 00

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