2-Day Seminar

Equine Behaviour and Training Seminar: The Whole Horse Approach

Seminar dates and venue details:

Date: Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April 2016
Time: 9am to 5pm
Venue: Hailey Village Hall, Middletown, Hailey, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 9UB

Both days are available as a one-day option

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Seminar details:

  • 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

Day 1

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

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.

Helen Spence PhD

Helen Spence is an experienced rider, trainer and equestrian coach, equine behaviourist and teacher.  She holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and a doctorate, ‘The influence of owner personality and attitude on the behaviour and temperament of the domestic horse (Equus caballus)’ – both from Queen’s University Belfast. She was a tutor for  Southampton University’s MSc in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling, has taught Animal Behaviour at Queen’s University, and  was a committee member of the British Horse Society Ireland.

Helen supports ethical horse training using kind and positive methods without resorting to excessive pressure, coercion or confrontation. She actively promotes methods which are kind to both horse and rider, encourage lightness and freedom of movement, and introduce harmony to the horse-human relationship.

Helen’s aim is to educate people about animal welfare and the responsibility we have towards our horses through her Good Horse Sense equine practice.

For Helen’s full biography click here

Date: Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April 2016

Time: 9am to 5pm

Venue: Hailey Village Hall, Middletown, Hailey, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 9UB

Course Fee:

One day: £35

Both days: £60

Fee includes:

Cakes and refreshments including tea and coffee. Please bring your own lunch.


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