Welcome to evidence-based and contemporary horse training: 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. My aim is to improve the relationship equestrians have with their horses - be it from the ground or in the saddle - and, consequently, their quality-of-life. Only when we know about horse behaviour, horses' natural needs, and how they communicate to us when something is not quite right, can we offer them adequate training and management regimens. 


Knowledge of equitation science can give you a new set of 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 the relationship with your horse. Please do not panic when hearing the term 'science'. The findings of equitation science are linked to day-to-day scenarios, such as unwanted ridden horse behaviours (e.g., bolting, bucking, aggression), training related issues (e.g., 'lazy' or 'stubborn' horses) etc. Thus, practically applying the findings of equitation science will have tremendously beneficial effects on your horse's mental and physical well-being and performance. 


To help equestrians achieve their individual training goals, Academic Equitation combines 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 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.

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

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