A unique new equine event is being run in Britain in September, featuring a weekend of lectures plus practical demos and training workshops on horse behaviour, physiology and training.
Presenters at Understand Horses Live, at Writtle University College in Chelmsford, Essex, include an international panel of experts who will lecture on a variety of subjects on the first day, then put the scientific theory into practice with demos and workshops with the horses based at Writtle University College on the second day.
Understand Horses is an equine course platform, created by equine behaviour consultant Justine Harrison. Many of the platform’s course content providers will be appearing at Understand Horses Live.
Speakers announced so far are equine behaviour consultants Trudi Dempsey, Lauren Fraser, Robin Foster, Rosa Verwijs, Sooz Foster, Emma Lethbridge, Abigail Allen and Justine Harrison, veterinarian Sophie Hill and physiotherapist Holly Gallacher.
The event on the weekend of September 3 and 4 is aimed at horse owners, students and equestrian professionals interested in improving their knowledge and understanding of horse behaviour, training, riding and physiology. It is approved for CPD/CEU by the British Horse Society, IAABC and Karen Pryor Academy.
Saturday’s lecture day will be packed with information on a wide range of subjects, including the effect of feed on behaviour; assessing and training basic behaviours; co-operative care for routine husbandry tasks; the effect of stress on equine health and how to avoid it; errorless learning; the use of ‘constructional approaches’ with horses; humane training; the effect of human psychology on horse training.
Sunday will feature demos and training workshops on a wide range of practical subjects, including assessing and training basic behaviours; co-operative care for routine husbandry tasks; stress-free clicker training; how to assess the horse’s body language and emotional thresholds; recognising lameness and pain; environmental enrichment; safe rehabilitation exercises for horses; behaviour case studies.
» Early-bird registration for the weekend is available until July 31, and is £239. Lecture day tickets are £119.