Up the Mane & Down the Rein
I'll just mention one pivotal thing I learned from a clinic session called simply "Horsemanship", and that is a technique Wylene refers to as "up the mane & down the rein." This and several other tips - all of which are designed to shorten the horse's response time, build his confidence and thus make him (and you!) safer - helped me feel more secure even though I wasn't even on my horse!
One key element of Wylene's "ways" - and it can be hugely beneficial, truly a gift - is her (masterful, IMHO) method of "laying down" a horse. I was initially under the mistaken impression that this was just for "troubled" horses. Boy, did I learn otherwise, In fact, it teach a horse patience respect and trust. What horse out there does not need these things? The process also addresses other, "deeper" issues.
Cowgirl Step Off
BEFORE attempting this, you and your horse MUST know the "Touch to the Mane" technique. DO NOT ATTEMPT this without having this manuever down perfect and determine that you are athletic enough to also perform this. You can start at the trot then move up into a canter then gallop!