Reviews of RFF

What Trainers Are Saying about Riding Fear Free

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
For over 30 years I’ve been helping people with their horses. Many of those riders had fear issues and I didn’t always know how to help the fear. Riding Fear Free changed all that.

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 commonsense, 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 But the unfounded or no longer valid fears that hang over riders, sucking the fun out of horse activities, are what this book will help.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


FTC Disclaimer: I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review of the book and I did not receive payment of any kind.

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!

What Riders Are Saying about Riding Fear Free

Posted on Face Book on 4-19-2013
Rhythm-n-Beads Book Review:
"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 ex
tinction and memory replacement, they describe a step-by-step method for truly overcoming fear and re-claiming 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."

What Riders Are Saying about Riding Fear Free

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 has made good horsemanship an obtainable 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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