with Kelly Marks
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A Horse Psychology classroom based course suitable for Equine Vets and Equine Professionals as well as anyone with a keen interest in understanding how to get the best relationship and therefore performance and behaviour from a horse.
In common with other Intelligent Horsemanship courses these two days have a fun and friendly atmosphere that assists in stress free learning. One could say this course has its roots in equine behaviourism, ethology, years of practical experience and common sense – but it’s actually so much more!
Day 1 Subjects include
The good, the bad and the ugly. You will be amazed what you can learn on this subject in just one morning. Shaping plans, conditioned fear, schedules of reinforcement, flooding, displacement, learned helplessness and so much more. Most of the lessons apply to humans and other animals. However, behaviourism has its dark side of which many modern day practitioners seem unaware.
The Senses of the Horse
The horse’s brain, his eyesight, hearing, sense of smell, sense of touch, sense of taste – all make up how the horse perceives his world. Remind yourself of the essentials to help us understand them.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Food in Training
Being ‘pro’ or ‘anti’ food in training is either naïve or means you’re missing a useful tool. Learn the full facts to help you make your decision when training
Stay a little later if you’d like to talk about the pathway to the Intelligent Horsemanship Diploma which includes the Monty Roberts Introductory Course Certificate.
Day 2 Subjects Include
The Problem Solving Procedures
You have a horse to help with fear based behaviour or is the victim of bad or insufficient training. Where do you start? You’ll learn skills for working with clients, where to start with your vet and other practitioners to check for physical issues. We’ll take an overview of equipment, breeds and present day handling to get us closer to helping the horse become happier and less confused in his in day to day life.
How people cause (and maybe we can cure) some of the Equine Unwanted Behaviours
You’ve heard them all: My horse bucks. My horse rears. My horse is nappy and won’t leave other horses. My horse runs away with me. My horse barges over me. My horse refuses to load in a trailer. My horse crib bites/wind sucks/ box walks/ weaves – you name it. We’ll run through them all to look at possible specific solutions.
Student Groups are given real written horse problems to work on themselves. With all their knowledge gained, of course, they’ll find it a piece of cake! Students love this part of the course, but I tell them ‘you have to learn your scales before you can play the piano!’
Kelly Marks has lectured at University and Colleges around the world and has a vast experience of horses including experiencing the feral horses of Namibia – Whispering the Wild