Would you like to understand how your horse's mind works?

Studying the equine brain gives us insight into how horses perceive the world. By learning about their realms of sensory information and how their cognition processes this information we can understand how best to ensure they survive and thrive.


  All of the horse's behaviours – those that we adore and those that we could do without – are produced by the brain. Learning about the anatomy of the brain and how it functions means we can better understand the horse and how they behave at a deeper level.

This course, from neuroscientist and equine behaviour consultant Emma Lethbridge, is an introduction to the horse's brain. You will benefit from an improved understanding of how horses think and behave as well as gaining insight into the mind and senses of this intelligent, sentient and perceptive creature.

 You will learn about:


• The anatomy of the horse's brain on a macro and cellular level


• The structure of the horse’s brain and how this affects function


 • How electricity travels through the brain to generate perception and thought


• How the horse’s brain generates environmental responses


• How horses feel, see, hear, taste and smell


 • The horse's stress response and how it affects the body


• How the 'fight' or 'flight' systems work


 • How horses perceive the world


• How the horse's hearing compares to ours


• Whether horses can really be 'left or right brained'


Emma also addresses some commonly held myths regarding the horse's intelligence, sentience and laterality using the latest research.

 This course is aimed at horse owners, students and equestrian professionals interested in learning about the neurobiology and behaviour of the horse. You don't need any prior knowledge to take this course.


Once enrolled you have 60 days to complete the course.


Who is this course for?

  • HORSE OWNERS

  • EQUINE STUDENTS

  • EQUINE PROFESSIONALS

Continuing Professional Development (CPD/CEU)

  • Course Contents

    5 x individual video lessons and 1 x quiz to test your knowledge

  • Course Duration

    2.5 Hours

  • CPD/CEU Certificate

    You can download a personalised CPD/CEU certificate after completing the quiz.

  • BHS, PCUK and IAAT

    CPD approval for the British Horse Society, Pony Club UK and International Association of Animal Therapists has been requested.

  • KPA

    This course has been approved for 2.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the Karen Pryor Association (KPA). You will need to contact us for an event code, download your CPD certificate once you have completed the course and then email both code and certificate to the KPA.

  • IAABC

    This course has been approved for 2.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC). You will need to request an IAABC CEU certificate directly from us, so please get in touch once you have completed the course and quiz.

Course Reviews

5 star rating

Brilliant Course

Daniella Whitehead

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I found all the information fascinating, easy to follow and understand. It has open the door to me wanting to learn more an...

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I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I found all the information fascinating, easy to follow and understand. It has open the door to me wanting to learn more and do more courses. I very much appreciated the support I got from Emma, nothing was too much trouble. Awesome Course, Highly recommend.

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5 star rating

Informative, well structured

Sarah Kearvell

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was well structured and explained throughout the modules, I found it easy to follow and learn and I have never studied e...

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I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was well structured and explained throughout the modules, I found it easy to follow and learn and I have never studied equine brain anatomy. I found the course very useful as I train horses for living

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5 star rating

Grey matters!

Sarah Jackson

Fascinating. I really enjoyed this course. Beautifully presented, packed full of information and easy to navigate. I hope you will do more courses on this su...

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Fascinating. I really enjoyed this course. Beautifully presented, packed full of information and easy to navigate. I hope you will do more courses on this subject. Thank you!

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Discover the latest scientific research into the equine brain

Your Instructor

EMMA LETHBRIDGE

Part neuroscientist, part horse fanatic, Emma is fascinated by the equine brain and how horses perceive and respond to their world. Emma has 32 years experience with horses, having been lucky enough to have been riding since she was four and to have had four wonderful family horses since the age of 12. In that time, Emma has studied horses to master’s level, read a degree in neuroscience and obtained a PhD in neuropsychology; she has also ridden in affiliated competitions, worked on professional yards, directed an equine learning centre, taught riding, helped many people with their horse’s behaviour and, more importantly than all of that combined, she has come to love equines not for what they can do for us, but for the wonderful creatures they are in their own right.

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