What people say about our online classes
“I just finished the online class about separation anxiety and it was really well put together! It went deep into all the factors and issues surrounding the topic and was accompanied by a great worksheet and summary of the important points. I took away some new ideas I'm going to try out. It's a steal for 20 pounds actually, excellent class!”
From Do Groen, animal trainer.
On-demand online classes are pre-recorded PowerPoint presentation with voice over and additional learning materials (activities, reading list, presentation write-up) to cater to all learning styles. Our classes are suitable for continued professional development but also horse owners interested in the specific topic covered.
Gift vouchers for classes are available by emailing and so are certificates of completion.
58 minutes PowerPoint presentation + presentation write-up and worksheet.
A comprehensive on-demand class on separation anxiety: what causes it, how to prevent it and how to overcome it.
The presentation starts by exploring the evolutionary and developmental causes as well as the physiological mechanisms involved in separation anxiety. It then goes on to give recommendation for prevention and describe and demonstrate how effective and humane methods such as habituation, systematic desensitisation and counter-conditioning can be used to reduce, and eventually eliminate the horse's anxiety whether he is left behind or taken away.
Intro to +R riding
28 minutes PowerPoint presentation +
write-up and worksheet.
In this on-demand class, you will be introduced to the key techniques involved in teaching ridden behaviours using positive reinforcement with no aversive prompts. It is recommended that you have some basic understanding of learning theory prior to taking this class.
Some of the topics covered include:
How horses learn by operant conditioning
the 7 techniques available to teach new behaviours to animals.
The role of classical conditioning in teaching cues in both traditional and +R based riding.
Differences between the use of aversive pressure and tactile cues.
How can we teach horses to move forward and to turn while ridden without using aversive (with video demonstration).
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Commonly described as 'stable vices' in the equestrian world or 'zoochosis', stereotypies are repetitive, relatively invariant and idiosyncratic behaviours. Opening your average equestrian book, these behaviours are often described as 'quirks' and explained under the blanket term of 'boredom' when in fact they are specifically induced by motivational frustration, repeated attempts to cope or central nervous system dysfunction and is an indicator of current or past sub-optimal welfare.
In this on-demand class, we will look at causes, prevention and treatment of stereotypical behaviours such as weaving and crib-biting.