Mary Wanless

Mary Wanless began riding at fourteen, passed the British Horse Society Instructor’s exam in 1978, but soon after became disillusioned with traditional ways of teaching riding and gave up a career with horses. As she pursued other avenues of study, she found her interest in horses and riding did not abate and soon she was persuaded back onto a horse. It was at this juncture that she started combining her traditional equestrian training with the experience gained by her study of psychology, biofeedback, neuro-linguistic programming, the Alexander and Feldenkrais systems of bodywork, T’ai Chi, massage, dance, anatomy, physics, sports psychology, and educational kinesiology. This led her to develop an extraordinarily effective method of teaching, based on the biomechanical demands of riding and communication styles that make riding easier to learn. Mary now teaches riders of all levels, from beginners to international riders, in the UK, US, and Australia. Learn more about the Ride with Your Mind method at