The Psychology of Horsemanship

Claire Lilley
Horses are fascinating and perceptive creatures. Developing a thorough understanding of how a horse interprets the world around them and deliberately being self-aware as a rider, are the essential skills to a successful and fulfilling partnership. In The Psychology of Horsemanship, well-known equestrian author and horse expert, Claire Lilley, shares her passion and knowledge about horses and riders developed from over forty years' experience in the equestrian world, and more recently several years in the mental health profession. Divided into three sections, the book covers: Equine psychology - the horses's senses, primary responses and emotion; Training psychology - the rider's communication, training and learning from past experiences; Relational psychology - the goals, the development and the challenges faced in successful horsemanship. With high-quality photographs, diagrams and extended real-life examples, this book explores the application of psychology to the world of horses and how the understanding and evolvement of the horse-rider relationship impacts on both mental and physical development.
The Psychology of Horsemanship by Claire Lilley

About the author

Claire Lilley has been teaching classic dressage for many years. As a qualified BACP registered psychotherapist, she helps riders to gain a better understanding about themselves and their horses, both on the ground and in the saddle. Her experience of training and competing her own horses in dressage and show jumping to top level has led to several books published by J A Allen, and her own series of training DVDs. She runs her own business, at

Press Reviews

This is a heartening exploration of ways of being with horses that are satisfying and rewarding for both horse and human.

- Therapy Today

I commend to you Claire Lilley's excellent book on The Psychology of Horsemanship.

- Capt S R A Nicholls, The Blues and Royals, Riding Master