Lisa working with a clinic participant

Ride with Lisa May, one of the first “Ride With Your Mind” RWYM certified coaches in North America, at her farm or yours!

As the first coach in North America accredited in the Mary Wanless RWYM rider biomechanics techniques, Lisa’s had many opportunities to assist Mary with riding clinics and teacher training clinics in the US.  

With decades of psychological background, Lisa is a skilled communicator who understands how the brain works. Her coaching is encouraging and supportive.

The lesson was wonderful – very positive and a fantastic eye for detail. You really helped to teach me how to use my position in a better way for the horse and longevity of my body. I highly recommend this!

JK – FEI Instructor, MD
Lisa riding with Mary Wanless

“Ride With Your Mind” optimizes your ability to learn independently and unlocks the horse’s ability to become more athletic. This bio-mechanics method teaches us to use our seat and body as a sophisticated tool to influence the horse, enabling riders to adopt the techniques that gifted riders use unconsciously — “behind the art lies a science of cause and effect”.

“Lisa carefully listens to riders and instructors to help them achieve in areas where struggles exist. My students and I are very grateful for her support to us in becoming better communicators to our horses. I recommend her highly.”

Lori Shoemake, Guild Certified Feldenkrais PractitionerTM Evonly Equestrian Center, Owner/Instructor, PA

Since childhood, Lisa’s training with horses has encompassed jumping and dressage with nationally and internationally acclaimed clinicians. As a student of Mark Rashid’s insightful “Aibado” horse training, her approach is informed by behavioral science and an understanding of how to shape horse energy.

“I was immediately aware of your centered, perceptive and empathetic approach. You have such a deep grasp of the rider’s body and care deeply for horses and their people: what a wonderful and rare combination! I really look forward to working with you again!”

Ila Handy – Cavalia Cast Member & MSDressageAcademy – MS
Lisa doing off horse position work with a group of children.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C), Lisa is a skilled communicator who understands how people work.

At the largest NYC Park’s Department stable and her own farm, she has taught horse ownership, started young horses, and coached people of all levels of experience, confidence, training and talent on horses of varying breeds and backgrounds.

Lisa’s services include Coaching & Therapeutic Horsemanship

Lisa checking a riders alignment on the horse from behind


  • Consulting with trainers and instructors to support their student’s rider biomechanics.
  • Providing intensive lessons for riders who bring their own horses to visit.
  • Coaching full-day clinics away from home.
Lisa working with a student on how to hold the reins

Therapeutic Horsemanship for People with Challenges

As a certified Instructor with Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship, Lisa combines her skills as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) with her horsemanship. Contact Lisa for professional history, credentials, and what her Equine Services can provide for you!

Horse looking out of barn

Lisa’s Idylwild Farm is located in Federalsburg MD, at the center of Maryland’s Eastern Shore near the Delaware border. 

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