Confident Rider Hacking with Confidence

Confident Rider Hacking


This unique Hypnotherapy session is for all those nervous horse riders wanting to  boost their confidence when hacking out.  It will help you become a more confident, relaxed rider when hacking out down country lanes and in open fields,  trotting, cantering and even popping over a small log.


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Remain calm and confident whilst hacking out

Hacking out should be a pleasure, its something that most riders dreamed about doing before they even started riding.  The problem is that sometimes the pleasure just doesn’t seem to be there anymore, perhaps as a result of a bad experience in the past, like the horse ‘spooking’ or ‘shying’ (especially when in traffic) or your horse stumbling or slipping unexpectedly or perhaps even worse, it tried to bolt with you.

You may find that even the most  insignificant things, however minor, seem to send you into a spin and all you can think of doing is dismounting and getting back home as fast as possible.  If this happens too often,  you could become so nervous about riding that you will only hack out in company or for short periods.  Worst still, you start to avoid hacking out altogether and even think about giving up riding completely.  Whatever the scenario, you aren’t the confident, calm, relaxed rider you want to be and this has to change for your sake and that of your horse!

How this self-hypnosis session for Hacking can help you:

This session will take you through an imaginary hack out, along lanes, into a field and back home again. All through the process your subconscious mind it offered positive suggestions and ideas that will impact on your conscious mind when you are in the wakeful world. As you pass by all those things that might have made you nervous in the past, you enjoy your surroundings, feeling at one with your horse, staying calm and relaxed.  When you ride again your mind will make a connection back to this time when you felt confident, relaxed and calm and this will help you to stay in control of your feelings, thoughts and reactions.  You will no longer feel panic, anxiety, fear, or tension whilst hacking out.

Each time you listen to this session you feel more and more relaxed, confident and in control.

This new updated and revised (2014) Hacking with Confidence Hypnotherapy session includes background music at specific and relevant intervals, and the therapeutic section has been extended to encompass a broader spectrum of issues and concerns.

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Sharon Shinwell. Dip Couns. Dip HP(NC) Dip. Sup. Dip CBT., is a qualified Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Clinical Counselling Supervisor.

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Read what our satisfied customers have said...

  • The results were amazing even after one week

    I would really recommend this cd for anyone who is even slightly nervous or apprehensive about hacking.(In fact it’s good to nip it in the bud before it gets too bad) I had a new horse on loan and not being an experienced rider was a bit unnerved by her spooking, I avoided bridlepaths (she’s good with traffic) and couldn’t pluck up the courage to canter. So I decided to give this cd a go. The results were amazing even after one week; I am so much more relaxed and confident, am back on the bridlepaths and cantering! I also found the side effect was a feeling of being much more confident generally, feel healthy, sleep well, happy and relaxed which is great. In fact I feel I have come on so well I have now bought my loan horse; my first horse. I coupled this cd with weekly riding lessons also to improve my skill levels but my confidence has come from this cd. I feel now that I can relax on Lady I can now start listening to her..


  • This worked for me.

    Despite owning my own horse for over 10 years, I recently suffered a crushing loss of confidence when riding. There had been no incident, my horse is a perfect gentleman but over a period of 3 months my confidence just slipped away until I could barely get on my horse. A friend recommended this CD and despite some initial skepticism I have to say it has worked for me. It is 50 minutes long, so you do need to make yourself comfortable when listening to it! But the length enables you to attain deep relaxation & then the self hypnosis works better. I used it daily for 1 week as recommended, though at times I did fall asleep during it – it still worked! I now try to listen to it once a week or so. If you are a nervous rider, then this is something I would really recommend you try.


  • Really helps

    I have been helped by this CD. I have more confidence now and I am more relaxed. The hacking with confidence and road works with confidence is much the same.
    I would recommend this to anyone who lacks confidence or is a nervous rider

    A Devlin

  •  Just a note to let you know how much your confident hacking CD has helped me.

    Dear Sharon,

    Just a note to let you know how much your confident hacking CD has helped me. I am a novice rider and have taken on a short term loan a horse that is supposedly a novice ride. Well to be honest she’s not. At first I thought it might be that we were just getting to know each other, but as the weeks went by I realised that she is a nervous type not happy out on her own and other than being quite firm with her there is not a lot I could do to change her (she is 14 so not a young horse). As time went on I started to avoid the bridle paths and still hadn’t plucked up the courage to attempt to canter as I was afraid that she would be too strong and run away with me. To be honest it could have gone either way, I was going to give up on her or have to get over it.

    The thing was when the hack was going good it was wonderful and I love it so much so I knew what it could be like so I decided to try your CD. I have previously used hypnotherapy for a natural home birth which was very successful so I am familiar with the power of the mind.

    After listening for one week every night I am now able to canter, am back on the bridle paths and feeling so much more relaxed, it’s like I see a stressful situation approach and my first thought is oh no, then oh well lets just see what happens and it’s never as bad as I think it’s going to be and then I real really pleased at how I’ve dealt with the situation.

    I have to say as well the side effects are also marvellous I really feel confident in myself (more able to talk to people) and happy and I am sleeping so deeply at night. I also have a weekly riding lesson where my confidence is also soared, there’s ideas popping out of my head and positive thoughts whizzing about, I have more patience with the kids, I feel healthy and able to make decisions much more clearly and decisively.

    I am continuing to listen to the CD a couple of times a week and I also got your nervous rider action plan, although I am not sure I need to go on to that just yet as the hacking CD has worked so well. I have also bought a copy of the hacking CD for a neighbour of mine who is also a bit nervous.

    With kind regards

    Catherine Fahy

  • I’m now looking forward to riding out this summer, I really didn't believe I ever would.

    Sharon, Thank you so much!

    Yesterday I enjoyed a hack for the first time in 4 years, actually I enjoyed sitting on a horse for the first time in 4 years! Your CD was a last ditch attempt to conquer my fears before I gave in and sold my horse as he was not getting the work he needed to keep him healthy and interested. I lost my confidence on the horse I owned before Rowan and although he was a more sensible replacement I had never managed to overcome my irrational fears.

    I’m now looking forward to riding out this summer, I really didn’t believe I ever would.

    Thank You

    Tricia Mulrine

  • I suffer from chronic and severe lower back pain.

    “I have listened to the CD nearly every night now; it burnt beautifully, no trouble at all. I have been listening for about a week. I haven’t had a ride in that time, but I have had a remarkable result which I really wanted to share with you.

    I suffer from chronic and severe lower back pain. I am also waiting for surgery on my knee. I haul myself out of bed every day and limp around for at least the first hour. The first morning after listening to Hacking with Confidence, I woke up and almost jumped out of bed. I’m not joking, the difference was remarkable. I wondered if it was a coincidence, but it has continued each morning after listening to the CD before I go to sleep. If I don’t listen to it, I wake up in pain… this is a remarkable thing for me. If it is you on the CD Sharon, you are very good at achieving deep relaxation and healing in the listener. I am an experienced meditator and I also do Reiki and other forms of healing (on horses and people). Your CD is helping me in a way I can’t help myself”

    S Naidu

  • Each time I ride my confidence improves

    Hi, I bought your hacking with confidence cd some months ago. I have found it useful, I have been slowly building my confidence since a nasty accident in 2001 and, since listening to your cd, have suddenly made a surge forward. Having previously been very nervous in open spaces and wanting to ride in the smallest space I could find I now find myself thinking ‘is this 5 acre field big enough to have a decent canter?’ I am also taking myself out for little hacks and, just as your cd suggests, each time I ride my confidence improves. I still have a way to go but I am taking it slowly. I listened to the cd every day for about a week and haven’t felt the need since but when I need a boost…….”

    Many thanks, Caroline.

  • My nausea is under control.

    “Dear Alan

    I have found the ‘here to listen’ Confident rider cds very useful indeed. I used the cd as instructed for 7 days and then use it now and again when I feel a bit lacking in confidence. My nerves before riding or a competition are now much better. I did suffer from nausea on the morning of the events but have now got that under control. I can definitely put the success of that down to the cds and if needed will use it the night before”


  • I am grateful for this wonderful resource.

    “Dear Friends at Confident Rider,

    Two winters ago I had a series of falls that happened during my lessons.  Thankfully, I was not injured, but I began to develop a fear of riding.  My trainer is a very patient woman who does not push her students or belittle them if they express anxiety.  My fear of falling off and of trotting was keeping me from enjoying riding – something that should be fun!  I purchased the book Confident Rider at the saddle shop, read it through several times, then discovered your web site and CD series.  I ordered the Confident Rider CD and began listening to it several times each week, and employing the techniques that I learned.   The CD helped me to relax, to communicate with my horse and really begin to improve my riding skills.

    Thanks – I am grateful for this wonderful resource to help me learn to manage my fears.

    P.S. I am 53, and have not ridden since high school”


    Mara Krueger

    Studium Doctrinae

  • "The CD on building confidence in hacking transformed my life!

    “The CD on building confidence in hacking transformed my life!  I had a very bad accident on a runaway horse when I was 20 years old, after many good experiences riding and showing my own horses. I was in college, and my father had sold my own mare, so I had no horse of my own available to assuage my subsequent fears. I attempted to ride horses in lesson settings throughout my twenties, but always afraid. I then had children, raised a family/ continued to love horses, but thought riding was forever closed for me -in the past so to speak.

    At age 49 I was working on a Ph.D. and needed the escape of riding and being around horses again, something that would put me in the present moment and a physical activity that would balance out the extreme mental work required for academia. I saw your advertisements and ordered a CD. I listened to it regularly and signed up for equestrian lessons at our university. It took a while, but I can tell you, I have been to 4 week-long intensive equestrian schools since then, and next year when I graduate I am planning to buy my own horse and show once again. I no longer see it as something that is closed to me Thank you”

    Mary Peterson Zundo

    Ph.D. Program
    Art History
    University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

  • "I would happily recommend the confident rider series.

    “I would happily recommend the confident rider series. I have used a couple of the CD’s myself and often recommended them to my clients. On Sunday I went to the Breamore Long Distance Ride with a client of mine. She told me that she had listened to your CD the night before and that for once she hadn’t been sick with nerves before she set out in the morning. We completed the 26km pleasure ride in under three hours and it was a real pleasure for both of us”

    Sarah Weston, Recommended Associate of Intelligent Horsemanship

  • Your CD has got me back on my horse.

    “Hello Sharon,

    I already have your wonderful recording on Hacking with Confidence and it has got me back on a horse and out in the countryside again. Previous to listening to the MP3 I would cry myself to sleep worrying about the next day’s ride. Thanks for that.

    K Richards, Ireland 

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