EQUINE BEHAVIOUR & PSYCHOLOGY COURSES
I currently have two on-line equine Behaviour & Psychology Courses available.
2017 saw the launch of my first Equine Behaviour & Psychology Course which is available on-line with Equine Distance Learning. This Equine Behaviour course will provide you with knowledge, and an understanding of how your horse thinks, behaves, and responds to training; plus demonstrations and explanations to help you learn basic, but nevertheless valuable, ground handling skills.
However experienced you are, you will take so much from this course, and you will gain an insight into horses that you never before thought possible.
Understand where the equine's behaviour and instincts originate from.
Learn about how the feral horse behaves in his natural environment and how that impacts on the behaviour of a domestic horse.
Learn about the structure of the equine brain.
Understand your horses body language and learn to 'read' him.
Discover how horses learn. Find out about habituation, positive and negative reinforcement (please note that negative reinforcement is the removal of a stimulus at the point of the behaviour change NOT creating a negative experience for the horse).
Understanding behaviour. What do different behaviours mean?
Management - Are our horses exhibiting certain behaviours due to their environment?
Handling horses. Learn simple but unbelievably effective techniques to ensure your horse is easier to handle on the ground. You will be amazed how this positively affects the entire relationship between you and your equine friend.
Whether you are a horse owner, or simply someone who wants to learn and understand the horse you ride, anyone with an interest will find this course of great value. It will help you to understand and handle your horses correctly, assess the environment in which your horse is kept and make positive changes accordingly, and give you the skills required to approach behavioural challenges in an appropriate way. As the course tutor, I am on hand to assist wherever necessary and provide guidance if needed.
There are two payment opportunities for this course - pay in full at the time of enrolment or pay in 6x monthly instalments to spread the cost.
Visit www.equinedistancelearning.com to enrol or find out more.
I am currently writing a second course which revolves more around the ridden horse as well as going into a little more depth following on from the first course. Watch this space for a launch date!
EQUINE BEHAVIOUR & PSYCHOLOGY SURROUNDING THE RIDDEN HORSE
This second course launched under our new 2-Tomatoes platform in December 2021.
In this equine behaviour & psychology course surrounding the ridden horse, you will gain a basic general overview of how the horse learns, and how his brain differs from the human brain.
We will then look at the problems and behaviours of the ridden horse. Understanding how the horse moves in order that he may remain as close to his natural self as possible, and, as such, prevent injury, is immensely important so we will be looking at the fundamentals of biomechanics, dentistry and hoof balance; examining the basics of saddle fit, bridle fit and how all of these things, along with certain riding habits, can positively and negatively influence the horse.
My overall aim is to raise awareness of the various factors affecting the ridden horse in order to help you to discover ways in which you can pick up on problems such as pain, illness or injury that may be manifesting within the physical horse, sooner rather than later. Some of the problems encountered may be more complex than you first think so understanding how to recognise the more subtle behaviours before they become ingrained and unmanageable is essential to both the horse’s wellbeing and the safety of the rider or handler.
Every horse deserves to be handled and trained with empathy, compassion and respect. The horse did not ask to be ridden or adopted into the human environment, we therefore owe it to the horse to learn his language and understand, at the earliest opportunity, when things are not right such that we can make them so.
As I try to cater for different learning styles, you will find that each module is presented in text form with associated imagery; and, for those who prefer it, there is also an audio recording of the same information. Some lessons include extra video learning points too.
This course is currently be re-written and will soon be presented as a hands on course.
In the meantime, you can get a feel for the course content by watching the video below.
HANDS ON RESIDENTIAL COURSES
Hands on courses will soon be available in France.
You can bring your own horse or learn from one of my horses.
Watch this space for more information and please do contact me if you wish to discuss your interest in attending a hands on course at my facility in Limousin, France.
Courses will include:-
Identifying pain & lameness and how you can help your horse with gentle hands-on techniques
Equine Behaviour & Psychology Courses - Feral horse, Domestic horse, Ridden Horse
Groundwork skills, horse handling and safety
Groundwork exercises to correct posture and balance in the horse
Promoting softness, suppleness & response on the ground and in the saddle