If there’s one way to describe you, woman rider, it might be... Horse-Crazy.

But, the girl of your youth is now a woman in a very different body, and you find yourself stiff, awkward and unflowing in the saddle.

Whether you want to compete, master the art of riding for personal fulfilment or you’re secretly thinking that maybe you waited too long to start riding again, you’re in the right place.

Since you’re here, this tells me that you know you want to ride in a way that feels great for you AND your horse. 

But maybe you…

  • Know in your head what you want your body to do, but can’t get your body to do it,
  • Caught in a vicious cycle of tension with your horse, and the harder you try the worse it gets,
  • Constantly readjust & shift in the saddle making you certain that you’ll be correcting your seat till your dying day,
  • Find yourself stuck in a rut from misunderstandings, and hearing the instructor say the same thing over and over and over again,
  • Want to break bad habits and relearn good riding habits now that your body is different than it was 10 years ago so you can ‘get with’ your horse,
  • Struggle with stiffness and sore joints or have had too many injuries or surgeries so feel destined to be crooked in the saddle,
  • Wonder what direction to take to help you ride better...yoga, fitness, youtube and online training help, but you still don’t know what you’re doing and are no further on,
  • Feel isolated, like you’re the only one struggling with this. (You’re not, but it sure feels like it!),
  • Secretly think that being the effective, considerate rider you want to be is only possible for other woman riders, but maybe not for you…

But, the girl of your youth is now a woman in a very different body, and you find yourself stiff, awkward and unflowing in the saddle.

Whether you want to compete, master the art of riding for personal fulfilment or you’re secretly thinking that maybe you waited too long to start riding again, you’re in the right place.

Since you’re here, this tells me that you know you want to ride in a way that feels great for you AND your horse. 

But maybe you…

  • You deserve to ride with relaxed attention so you can be fully present with your horse as you cover the ground together,
  • Now matter where you are in your riding or how old you are, you’ve earned the right to ride effortlessly. It is not reserved for a lucky few,
  • You can be the considerate, effective, kind rider who creates a positive cycle of balance and relaxation for endless confidence in the saddle,
  • Mother nature gave you the ability to create the ride you want. This untapped potential inside you is just waiting for you to wake it up! 
  • I’m here to help you bring it to life so calm and flow are always yours in the saddle. 

I’ve dedicated my life to give women like you the power to experience this grace in every single ride. Giving them the tools, knowledge, and confidence to take what their riding instructors are telling them to do and actually do it -- and do it well.

I’m going to tell you how I came to found Riding For Women, but first I want you to know this.

Successful Riding Is The Intersection Of 3 Main Components... And They’re How You’ll Create Consistent Progress And Be Proud Of Every Ride

What People Are Saying

"I Was So Surprised With How Quickly My Riding Changed!" - Judi Qualls

"Before I started Heather’s program I was dealing with injuries and fear issues around cantering.

I saw Heather's program, and was very hesitate to enroll at first, thinking this couldn't possibly help me. But I just felt it was the right thing for me to do, so I signed up, and am I happy I did!

Shortly after starting with Heather changes in my riding happened quickly. Right away I began to ride without tension, being centered in my saddle and my hands got more quiet.

Now, I'm cantering happily, and I just did an obstacle competition and it was so great to just stop at each place and know exactly how my weight was balanced in my seat, where my legs were, my feet in the stirrups and where my hands were. We got great scores! And I never felt rushed. I plan to ride a lot this spring and summer and will be listening to my mounted sessions as I go along in my riding. Thank you, Heather!"


 

“The Judge's comments now include FLOWING, FORWARD and ROUND!” - Angela Wilson, Bolton England

“Before I worked with Heather I struggled with imbalances and tension, not sitting evenly, holding my breath and unsteady contact. None of the instructors or courses I took helped me. I felt overwhelmed because I was on a vicious cycle of tension with my horse.

Shortly after Heather’s program began, I was able to makes the changes I want in my riding, and that has resulted in me being a more consistent rider. I also received my highest marks yet winning a first and fourth place.

Now, I’m enjoying my riding again, my lessons are happier and more productive for my horse, and judge’s comment now include “flowing, forward and round!” Thank you, Heather, riding is fun again.”


 

"I Was So Surprised With How Quickly My Riding Changed!"

"Before I started Heather’s program I was dealing with injuries and fear issues around cantering.

I saw Heather's program, and was very hesitate to enroll at first, thinking this couldn't possibly help me. But I just felt it was the right thing for me to do, so I signed up, and am I happy I did!

Shortly after starting with Heather changes in my riding happened quickly. Right away I began to ride without tension, being centered in my saddle and my hands got more quiet.

Now, I'm cantering happily, and I just did an obstacle competition and it was so great to just stop at each place and know exactly how my weight was balanced in my seat, where my legs were, my feet in the stirrups and where my hands were. We got great scores! And I never felt rushed. I plan to ride a lot this spring and summer and will be listening to my mounted sessions as I go along in my riding. Thank you, Heather!"

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Judi Qualls

“I do NOT ride crooked anymore!”

“Before I starting working with Heather, I was dealing with an old ankle injury and the surgery that came with that. I have done physical therapy, but I was still weak, and rode crooked in my saddle.

Then, immediately after the first class I could feel a difference. My balance and confidence in the saddle started improving right away. Heather’s classes have improved my ride tremendously, I do not ride crooked anymore, I even walk more balanced. Thank you, Heather!"

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Jeana Morrison-Noel, Moccasin, Montana kitchen Designer

“The Judge's comments now include FLOWING, FORWARD and ROUND!”

“Before I worked with Heather I struggled with imbalances and tension, not sitting evenly, holding my breath and unsteady contact. None of the instructors or courses I took helped me. I felt overwhelmed because I was on a vicious cycle of tension with my horse.

Shortly after Heather’s program began, I was able to makes the changes I want in my riding, and that has resulted in me being a more consistent rider. I also received my highest marks yet winning a first and fourth place.

Now, I’m enjoying my riding again, my lessons are happier and more productive for my horse, and judge’s comment now include “flowing, forward and round!” Thank you, Heather, riding is fun again.”

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Angela Wilson, Bolton England

“My back doesn’t hurt, and my horse steps out with a long, free gait!”

“Before working with Heather, I was not confident, felt stiff and wasn’t moving with my horse at all unless I forced it, and I had a lot of back pain.

After one class with Heather my back wasn't hurting, and rarely bothers me now.

And, after a couple of weeks into the course, I melted into the saddle, moved with my horse and felt better than I ever remember in the saddle. My heels are down, and I moved with the horse better than I ever had. My horse noticed and was more relaxed and moved out with a long, free gait. I can't recommend this course enough. Thank you, Heather!”

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Lana Tyler, Greeley, Colorado

"The Difference In The Way I Ride Is Glorious!"

“Before working with Heather all the effort I put into my riding left me tense with labored breathing which made my horse stiff and unresponsive.

Her program gave me so much insight into myself, my body and my mind, and through it I have improved my body awareness, and the difference in the way I ride is glorious. I have greater self-confidence, and my horses are happy and much more connected with me and vice versa. This is the most fantastic course I have had the privilege to be part of. I cannot thank Heather enough for sharing her knowledge and expertise.”

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Ann Evans

"I’m Cantering Happily And Making Steady Progress!"

"Before I started working with Heather, I was held back in my riding from tension trying to hold myself in place, holding my breath, and a fear of falling. I was taking lessons with excellent instructors, riding regularly, working on my physical fitness, particularly my core, but the improvements were minimal, at best.

Since I've been working with Heather, I recognize how I've been fighting myself and not even knowing it. Now, I’m cantering happily and in a lovely circle!!!! I LOVE it!

Also, I have rediscover balance and relaxation in the saddle, and with it, my joy of riding. My new accomplishments bring respect to my horse’s body and mind, and we are now making steady progress together. Heather has helped me in a way no riding instructor ever has! Thank You Heather!

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Mar Lyons

"Now I Can Relax In The Saddle!"

"Before working with Heather, the judge’s comment was: “the basics of rhythm, relaxation, and contact are lacking.” I realized that I needed to address my inability to relax in the saddle, before I could fix the other issues.

Then Heather taught me how to create effortless movement and how to apply it to my riding. After just a few weeks I rode for the same judge, and was able to sit the trot with a deep balanced seat! That allowed me to focus on developing a more supple connection over a rounder topline. Thank you Heather for helping me relax in the saddle and enjoy every ride!"

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Kym Watkin-Statham

The gist is this: You may have waited decades to ride again, but now is the time to make that riding dream come to life. 

There are no more decades to wait… it’s time to get on with the business of riding your horse well & with a calm confidence.

Hey! My name is Heather Beachum, founder of Riding for Women and, as you can already tell, I help women riders ride with balance, ease and flow (and in a way that her horse loves her for it)!

How did this become my life?

Well, in 1993, after a long break, I got back in the saddle.  It was great to ride again, I lived for it, but lessons and new riding experiences left me feeling frustrated, inadequate and quite often, very anxious.  But the worst part was my horse was happy when someone else rode him, but not happy with me as his rider, I was miserable.

So I enrolled in the Feldenkrais® training program as a simple approach to creating the brain-body connection for effortless movement, in hopes of developing riding skills with ease and efficiency.  I had no thought of making it my full-time job.  Not only that, I didn’t even know I COULD.

But my training became my “between barn obsession”

Between my strong desire and relentless curiosity to try new ideas, my riding improved during the week, at home, so I was better when I got back to the barn.  And I knew how to improve, on my own, in the saddle.

Eventually I finished the 4 year training, and decided to be a practitioner full time with a general practice.  But what happened is this, everyone I worked with rides so I would teach them to take the improvement they created off the horse onto their horse, and sure enough, riding struggles they had for years disappeared.

Then these ladies started asking me to come to their barn for clinics, then I started programs for riders (and this is coming from someone who is not a professional rider).

Since then, I’ve moved on to online programs — teaching thousands of aspiring women riders how to effortlessly balance herself and flow with her horse.

Crazy, right?

And now I want to help you to break the bad habit of tension and replace it with a positive cycle of relaxation and effectiveness so you can sit tall, with your shoulders back and look up (all those things you're told to do) with elegance and confidence. 

Here’s my promise to you. When you and I work together in any of our workshops, programs or masterclasses, you will: 

  • Ride and breathe at the same time for lasting calm & balance,
  • Know what a correct seat feels like,
  • Say goodbye to aches and pains, and have your body feeling great everyday and with every ride,
  • Learn how to do less sooner so elegant, effective riding happens automatically,
  • Develop the feel (which your horse has to feel too) to be light & responsive,
  • Replace trying hard, grit and frustration with a rich learning experience so you can enjoy steady progress,
  • Coordinate your body so you can achieve a ‘movement’ and get your body to respond the way you want it to so never again are you stuck on a riding plateau
  • Release self-criticism and judgement and step into self-trust and know-how,
  • Enjoy the freedom and independence that comes with “I know what I’m doing.”

I can’t wait to see what happens for you!

We’re in this together,

Heather

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