- Introducing the Synergy of Behaviour and Training: The whole picture. Taking lessons learned across the breadth of the field of psychology and applying them to our understanding of horse training and behaviour, a signposting exercise.
- Why Learning Theory shouldn’t be mechanical
- The Emotional horse, the Emotional handler: A fresh look at the importance of understanding emotions of both horses and people with particular reference to equine body language.
- Practical applications: working with fears and phobias
Introduction to what the field of psychology can offer equine behaviour and training, including learning theory, emotions (equine and human), the effects of stress, and welfare.
This will be tailored to suit particular interests, including plenty of practical examples to illustrate the theories.
Day 2 will explore of the topics from Day 1 in more detail: looking at emotion and its relationship to training for both horse and human, and addressing behaviour issues in more depth. The science will be examined in greater detail and the topics will be aimed at the more serious students of horse behaviour, particularly those who work in the field.