Horse Behaviour and the Psychology of Training

This module is dedicated to looking at the horse and how he behaves not only to other horses but towards humans

  • we look at the language used by behaviourists
  • we identify 'problems' and identify how the horse is
  • expressing himself and why
  • we look at rewards, punishment, negative and positive reinforcement in training
  • we look at training methods used by many different horsemen
  • we will observe, in the field, how horses communicate with each other
  • we examine how horses learn and use their senses to survive
  • there will be case studies to discuss and evaluate, students being encouraged to voice their opinions and observations

These courses are run in thirty acres of fabulous Devon countryside in a converted barn overlooking beautiful farmland. The horse paddocks adjoin thousands of acres of forestry and from them you can see both Exmoor and Dartmoor.

Each day starts at 9.00am in the 'classroom' moving out to study the herds of horses, as we need to, breaking for lunch at around 1.00pm please supply your own lunch. Tea coffee, biscuits etc are freely available all day.

We resume at about 2.00pm to finish at 5.00pm. As the courses are run over a weekend we will send you a list of accommodation ranging from campsites to luxury hotels - you take your pick! The work with the horses takes place outside so suitable clothing for the weather and safety is required including a B.S. standard hard hat and safety boots, gloves are useful too.

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