Are you tired of riding through fear?

Posted by harmonio on February 13, 2014

Are you tired of riding through fear?

Or frustrated that you’re not riding because of it?

First of all, you are not alone. The horse industry is rampant with fear yet no one likes to talk about it…except maybe me. In my fourteen years a professional horsewoman I have met riders from all disciplines, from pleasure riders to Olympians, who deal with some form of fear around, or on, horses. What a relief when I realized I wasn’t alone!

Despite my own personal fears when it comes to riding I’ve fulfilled most of my dreams when it comes to horses. Furthermore, when I actually started working with my fear, instead of against it, my natural gifts as a horsewoman blossomed.

Fear got me curious and I’ve spent years studying how to be calm and confident, despite my natural tendency towards fear. I did this to make my experience better, but it turns out this journey also allowed me to help a lot of horses and people that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.

Now I want to share this with you! I’m diving deep in a four part classroom series, tailor made for nervous horse people just like you. To add even more value I’m doing something I’ve never done before.

I’ve invited four amazing guest speakers, all of whom I can personally vouch for (this means they’ve helped me personally). They will give you extra insights into their areas of expertise and leave you with tasty nuggets that will help you mentally, physically and emotionally on your journey to confidence.

The following is just a few areas I’ll be covering during the classroom series:

  • How to move through fear positively, while keeping yourself safe.
  • Simple exercises and techniques to help you connect with, and calm, your mind and body.
  • How to listen to your fear and hear the message it has for you.
  • Identify which tools (we’ll be offering a ton) will work best to help you gain confidence in the saddle as well as on the ground
  • And so much more!

Now I’d like to share with you a few of my accomplishments, not to boast but to remind you that the fear you are experiencing now doesn’t have to stop you enjoying what you love (horses).  When you start to embrace you fear it doesn’t hold you back, it shows you a path forward.

I have:

  • Run my own business, Harmonious Horsemanship, specializing in Equine Behaviour, Equine Trauma and starting young horses.
  • Instructed clinics and courses at the International learning center for a world famous horse whisperer.
  • By personal request taught the staff and students of an Olympic Gold Medalist.
  • Been mentored, as a rider and a coach, by renowned “A” circuit hunter/jumper trainers.
  • Written a book, If Your Horse Could Talk.

I feel so blessed to have had all these experiences and so grateful that I didn’t just face my fear, I embraced it. If I did it I know you can too!

Are you ready to become Calm & Confident as you rediscover the joy that brought you to horses in the first place?

Join us from 6:30pm-8:30 pm on March 12, 19, 26 and April 2, 2014 (all Wednesdays). The class will be held in the classroom at Pyramid Stables in Lantzville with some demonstrations in the indoor arena.

Cost is $195+gst for the series. Registration is required.

Contact (250) 618-9322 or jodine(at) to register.

If you’re like me and like a little more detail here’s some info about me and my guests.

Jodine Carruthers (that’s me)

IMG_3827_cropped.jpgJodine Carruthers is an Equine Behaviour Specialist, author and the founder of Harmonious Horsemanship. A lifelong horsewoman, she has dedicated her career to empowering and improving the lives of horses and humans through education, communication, and the depth of connection found through her teachings. Jodine has extensively researched human dynamics and neuroscience, and is an expert in horse psychology, equine body language, inter-species communication, and healing equine trauma. By combining this knowledge with her passion and innate understanding of personal growth and experiential learning, Jodine has created the one of a kind teachings offered by Harmonious Horsemanship.


Guest Speakers

Deborah Marshall 
deborah.jpgDeborah is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and an Eponaquest Advanced Facilitator. In private practice since 1988, Deborah has both a professional office based practice at Marshall and Associates as well as a farm-based practice at Generation Farms. Her work is innovative and flexible as she combines the effectiveness of EMDR, Somatic Psychology, mindfulness, and other methods with the power of horses. While Deborah's expertise encompasses such areas as depression, anxiety, loss and burnout, treating the effects of trauma has become Deborah's speciality.

Emily Pelletier 

Emily has a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology with a specialization in Equine Assisted Mental Health from Prescott College in Arizona. As co-founder of the Generation Farms programs, Emily has helped create EFW programs including the HorseEmPower youth program, personal development workshops, group addictions treatment, and professional trainings. A life-long horse person, Emily is a certified Equine Canada riding instructor and has been teaching riding and horsemanship for over 15 years.

Gina Allan

gina_cielopsg-150x150.pngGina is an Equine Canada Dressage Coach, a BCRPA Certified Group and Third Age Fitness Instructor, a Yoga Instructor and a Specialist Instructor in Pilates. She has, as a result of her passion for helping people, developed fitness programs and riding lessons which focus on improving back health, balance, core strength and posture. Whether you simply want to improve your posture or become a better rider, Gina will help you find a winning combination of exercises designed to help you become the best you can be. 

Dr. Tonia Winchester


Dr. Tonia Winchester is a naturopathic physician practicing at the North Nanaimo Medical Clinic. She focuses on helping busy, super-women make time for what's important by teaching them how to look after themselves. After identifying the root cause of her patient’s symptoms she used food, herbs, stress reduction techniques, acupuncture, and mind-body treatments to ensure her they are healthy, happy, and able to do what they love. She also runs an online business providing distance healing sessions, information products and free weekly articles.


Contact (250) 618-9322 or jodine(at) to register.

P.S. If you are not living in the area but are interested I have great news. We'll be getting an on-line offering of this event ready soon!