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‘Ride Without Fear’ clinic coming to San Miguel 

The most debilitating obstacle for an equestrian is fear. Whether the fear comes from a riding injury or is something that just creeps up on us—it can erode our confidence and become life altering.

horse riding lessons paso roblesJo Belasco is bringing her “Ride Without Fear” clinic to San Miguel this April. Jo, a retired attorney who also holds a B.A. in psychology from Boston College as well as completing advanced studies in psychology, has been helping riders understand and overcome fear of riding for six years.

“I love helping people explore the depth and breadth of the horse-human relationship and helping fearful riders find joy again with horses,” says Jo.

“Ride Without Fear” is a two day clinic starting with a 60 minute seminar on Day 1. During the seminar participants learn about the differences between fear, anxiety, and Post Traumatic Stress and how to figure out which of these applies to the rider’s situation. Other topics include creating a toolbox of techniques to handle fear, how to use mindfulness to increase calmness and confidence, and practical exercises to practice at home and with the horse. Auditors are welcome.

After the seminar the rest of Day 1 and all of Day 2 are dedicated to riding and applying the tools learned in the seminar. Riders get one-on-one attention from Jo and learn how to develop a feel of the horse for better connection and understanding, improve foundational riding to gain an independent seat and more confidence, and learning some fun lateral work for the horse. All riders and auditors must come to the seminar on the first day. Jo recommends that everyone watch all the rides to learn from watching each other.

The training sessions are April 26 & 27, 2014, starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday. They are to be held at Close By Ranch, 6246 Hog Canyon Road, San Miguel, California, 93451. The fees are $180 for riders and $30 for auditors. Register here: or call (720) 442-1343 for more information.

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