Welcome to evidence-based horsemanship:                                  The practical application of equitation science


Great that you are visiting my website. If you are the same kind of horse crazy as me, then I am sure that you truly care about your horse's well-being. Unfortunately, not everything we have been taught about horse training and management practices in the past actually promotes positive emotions, health, and well-being in horses. On the contrary, research has shown that some commonly used approaches can actually harm our horses - without equestrians knowing about this.

My aim is to improve the relationship between equestrians and their horses - be it from the ground or in the saddle - and, consequently, their quality-of-life. Every interaction with our horses, e.g., handling, feeding, grooming, training, riding, driving, competing, requires a unique skill set and the application of adequate tools from our training toolbox.

 

"We can only achieve harmony when we "speak" a common language."

 

Only when we know about horse behaviour, horses' natural needs, and how they communicate with us when something is not quite right, can we react accordingly and offer proper training and management regimens. 

 

Knowledge of equitation science can give you a new set of unique skills and tools to help you become a better and more successful horse trainer and rider, and it will consequently improve your horse's well-being and your relationship with your horse. Please do not panic when hearing the term 'science'. The findings of equitation science can help to change your horse's behaviour, such as the display of 'bad' behaviours (e.g., bolting, bucking, rearing, aggression), training related issues (e.g., 'lazy', 'naughty', or 'stubborn' horses), turn them into 'good' behaviours, and create a positive learning and training environment that helps you and your horse grow and achieve your training goals. Thus, practically applying the findings of equitation science will have tremendously beneficial effects on your horse's mental and physical well-being and, consequently, performance and health. 

 

To help equestrians achieve their individual training goals, we combine classical horse training and riding principles with evidence-based equitation and equine learning theory. We have the academic and hands-on qualifications, experience, and skills (learn more about us) to help you understand and practically apply learning theory and the findings of equitation science in a training context. As you will understand how horses learn, interpret your signals or cues and other factors in their environment, it will improve your relationship and communication with your horse. Consequently, you will see faster training results, increased motivation and confidence, but also positive impacts on your horse's mental and physical health, overall condition, and performance.

 

"Your horse relies on you making informed and smart decisions concerning his training regimen and environment. Learn about your horse's behaviour and needs. You have the power to make a change today."

 

 

Are you ready for this enlightening journey? Congratulations, then do not hesitate to contact me today. We teach all rider levels, ages, disciplines, and horse breeds.

(photo credit: Sandra Croft)


My training approach: Horse welfare first


There is only one correct horse training method:

 

One, that progressively prepares our horses to mentally and physically perform on the highest levels in our chosen equestrian discipline without compromising their welfare.

 

How can we achieve this?

 

By knowing and understanding horses' natural behaviours, needs, and mental capabilities, as well as physical and biomechanical limits. Training and learning means behaviour modification.

 

How can we ethically and successfully influence horse behaviour?

 

By applying equine learning theory in horse training.

 

'Horse whispering' was yesterday, today's scientific advances allow equestrians to practise evidence-based equitation, creating happy, motivated, and healthy athletes. We offer a variety of services and can help you achieve this goal - one step at a time


 

 

We are very excited that our latest study investigating equestrians' perceptions of positive emotions in horses has been accepted for presentation at this year's British Society for Animal Science first virtual conference, April 12-15, 2021. 

You can register online: 

 https://bsas.org.uk/conference


Meet us at the 15th International Equitation Science conference at the University of Guelph August 19-21, 2019. We will be presenting our latest research into head and neck position trends in ridden horses at this conference. 

Join us at this exciting event and learn about the newest scientific findings in equitation science. Looking forward to seeing you in August! 

You can register here: https://thehorseportal.ca/course/ises-2019/


 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us on March 23rd at the University of Guelph's second equine research day.

 

We are delighted that we have been invited to present our research findings about riders' perceptions, understanding, and theoretical application of learning theory at this exciting event. 

 

Looking foward to seeing you there!

 

To learn more about this event, click on the link below: https://facebook.com/events/244454692668230/?


 

Join us at this year's Equitation Science conference at the National French Riding School in Saumur. We are presenting our MSc dissertation research about riders' perceptions, understanding and theoretical application of learning theory in horse training. 

You can download free copies of the conference proceedings of all Equitation Science conferences here: https://equitationscience.com/previous-conferences