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Book Review: Confessions of a Timid Rider

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Confessions of a Timid Rider

Heather Wallace


Monday, 20 August 2018


Love, Fear and a Passion. I started reading this book and first chapter I was hooked, how did she do it, it was like she knew me…..

I immediately warmed to the author, we all know Introverts and Extroverts, but this was something I hadn’t heard before and it was like I was reading about myself, a great way to startthe book.

As you go through this read you get to know the author and whether a rider, horse owner, Parent, Writer or career minded entrepreneur you can relate to the struggles and successes life throws at us. 

Starting with a childhood and growing into adult life, you learn the processes and mindsets we all have when growing up. Fear, and not just fear of horses and falling, the fear of falling and failure. The dedication it takes to get past that fear and achieve those goals, be it small ones, to the larger life intention goals we all secretly seek. 

It took me back to my childhood where I learnt to ride. So excited every week to get to the yard and find which horse I was riding. Horses are amazing creatures and Heather introduces us to the fact that we can all be given tools and techniques to move forward but to have the understanding and compassion takes time. 

You feel the highs and lows, the encouragement and confidence which can then be followed by deflation. You ride that journey with Heather and understand the meaning “get back on the horse”.

The book is broken into sections, the third section has smaller chapters and comes quickly at you with the realness that striving and working hard you can gain your passions. 

You soon feel like you are with Heather on her journey through life, seeing the love she has, the passion for her work and animals, the encouragement for her children to succeed but also that we all have that almost opposing voice in our head with a “what if”. Heather shows us that we can control it and enjoy our love for those in our lives and our true passions. 


Confessions of a Timid Rider could be read by anyone, it doesn’t mean you have to be a horse rider. It will leave you with a distinct feeling of “I can”


@The Horse Whitterer

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