The Calm Equestrian

equipping equestrians on a quest of finding calm and cultivating confidence

Can you remember what it was like to enjoy your ride and spending time at the barn with your heart horse?

Somehow, some way, the joy you once had is gone. Instead fear, anxiety, worry, and insecurity have crept in through a series of disappointments and unfortunate incidents.

Fellow equestrian, you are not alone in this experience. Feeling more chaos than calm is so normalized in the equestrian world that we come to expect it along with the drama that shows up in barn culture. But it doesn't have to stay that way.

Calm is not a nicety. It absolutely can be your reality.

With calm comes confidence, and with confidence comes progress. Yes, you can not only enjoy your riding and horsemanship, but also develop and grow in skill as you discover the art and science of the calm equestrian life.

Calm Equestrian Resources

Growth Tracker, Planner, & Journal

The Growth Tracker, Planner, and Journal for Equestrians will help you identify and clarify areas of growth for you and your horse using the Finding C.A.L.M. Framework!

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Fear & Anxiety Inventory

Grab the Fear & Anxiety Inventory to identify and clarify how fear and anxiety may be influencing your life and impeding your performance.

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Evaluate Your Partnership

Grab the Evaluate Your Partnership resource to identify and prioritize areas of growth with your horse.

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The 4 Ts of Communication

Grab The 4 Ts of Communication resource to apply simple techniques that will improve communication with humans and horses alike!

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Finding Calm: Helping Riders Navigate through Fear & Anxiety

Discover how the four key principles in the Finding C.A.L.M. Framework -- Connect, Assess, Learn, Motivate -- can change everything for you and the horse you ride!

Whether you've been sabotaged by the subtle creep of anxiety, worry, and comparison that breeds faster than the flies on a hot summer night or find yourself locked up in fear from an experience that changed you from the inside out, this coaching program (and future course, Finding Calm, releasing from is for you!

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Coaching Programs for Equestrians

Finding CALM

Recommended for Equestrians Desiring a C.A.L.M. Approach to Horsemanship

This customizable program is designed for equestrians who crave a fresh and focused approach to tackling challenges, clarifying vision, and pursuing results. Utilizing the Finding CALM Method, a four-part process of identifying how you can grow through connection, assessment, learning, and motivation, you'll gain from this coaching program a strategy and plan for bringing calm into every part of your horsemanship experience in and out of the tack.


Recommended for Equestrians Overcoming Setbacks and Fear

It is no secret that getting back into the saddle, or even handling a horse on the ground, can be emotionally and physically overwhelming once fear sets in, no matter the original cause. Fear can become paralyzing, especially after a fall or handling an incident on the ground. So while the mantra may be "just do it scared," that's actually the worst thing you can do for yourself and the horse you're interacting with. What you both need is to "do it grounded" as you build trust and learn how to co-regulate together.

Benefits of Coaching

  • discover how fear blocks learning
  • gain skills to reduce anxiety
  • uncover relational strengths
  • identify how and when to utilize boundaries
  • integrate positive reinforcement into training moments
  • experience calm and confidence through connection
  • gain accountability through coaching
  • identify motivators and blockers

Meet Your Coach

Lisa Pulliam, the founder of, is not your typical horsewoman! While her earliest memories include pony rides and playing with her rocking horse, she did not necessarily grow up with horses. As a middle schooler, she had the privilege of going on day-long trail rides with her uncle, with her arms wrapped around his waist as they galloped through state parklands. As a high school and college gal, she participated in riding camps and the club team, but quickly realized the competition world was not for her.

While she dreamed of one day growing up and owning a beautiful bay gelding for herself, that dream did not come true until she hit her late forties and met Kodiak Jack -- who embodied all the things she said she would never say "yes" too. Yep, this darling 16-hand, off-the-track and seven-year abandoned green-bean racehorse is all hers. Nothing about the decision to adopt him made any sense at all, except his remarkable personality and dynamic brain.

As a second-season equestrian, Lisa brings into her horsemanship a lifetime of experiences in the human world that influence her relationship-based and neurophysiology's approach to training not only the horse but more so the human. Make no mistake, Lisa is not your gal for getting your horse's physical performance underway, but she will help you find a calm, confident, and clear way forward through giving you the skills to support the growth process for both you and your horse. Think of Lisa as your mental fitness trainer and relationship coach, dedicated to supporting you so that you can give your horse a solid foundation to build into any performance goal or disicpline.

Lisa is a certified Natural Lifemanship Trauma-Informed Equine-Assisted Specialist and Coach, Life Breakthrough Coach, Highlands Ability Battery Consultant, and is pursuing an MA in Clinical Counseling with a trauma concentration at Eastern University.

When she’s not serving clients, you can find her balancing her time at the stables enjoying her barn family and beloved OTTB Kodiak Jack, and home savoring the time with her husband of 27 years, all-grown-up children, and being entertained by her beloved Golden Retrievers, Beckley and Toby.

Ready to get started?

Connect with Lisa to begin the kind of growth process that will result in lasting change and impact.

Stop Surviving and 

Start Thriving


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