Would you like to understand and help your horse overcome their fears?

Fear causes great difficulty for many horse owners, trainers, riders and keepers, not least because fear in horses is often misunderstood, mismanaged and contagious, especially when half a ton of muscle is threatening the wellbeing of your toes...


  Many of the training methods commonly used and taught for managing a horse’s fear are at best ineffective, and at worst  cruel, often resulting in trauma. Many horses come to us with a history of trauma through injury, accident, or mistreatment. Trauma may create changes in the horse’s nervous system which can increase fear responses and lead to unwanted and dangerous behaviour. These behaviour changes may seem unpredictable and frustrating, but they can be understood and reversed if the trainer is equipped with the correct knowledge and appropriate techniques.

This course, from neuroscientist and equine behaviour consultant Dr Emma Lethbridge, aims to change the misinformation and damaging training that is rife within the equestrian world. Emma looks at how fear and trauma can affect the horse and how to resolve the resulting problems in a compassionate and welfare-focused way. You will benefit from a thorough understanding of how horses think and behave if they are frightened or traumatised as well as gaining useful practical skills to help you train and handle horses more effectively.

 
You will learn:


• About fear and trauma and their implications for working with horses


• The psychology and neurobiology of fear and trauma in the horse


 • About the horse's fear response and how it affects the body


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


 • How trauma affects the horse physically and emotionally


• How post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect the horse


• How to work in a trauma-informed way


• How to rehabilitate a horse affected by fear and trauma


• How to create an appropriate behaviour modification plan


 • How to work with horses that have been abused, neglected or mistreated


• Which techniques can increase the horse's fear responses and why


• How to develop effective and welfare-orientated husbandry and training techniques


 • Practical techniques to resolve problems that arise when handling frightened horses


 This course is aimed at horse owners, students and equestrian professionals interested in learning about the neurobiology, psychology and practicalities of working with fear and trauma in 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

    5.5 Hours

  • CPD/CEU Certificate

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

  • BHS & PONY CLUB UK

    This course has been approved for 3 CPD points for British Horse Society Accredited Coaches (BHS APCs). APC’s can log these points by completing the CPD Feedback form following the course. It has also been approved for CPD by the Pony Club (PCUK). Download and email your CPD certificate to the Pony Club once you have completed the course.

  • KPA

    This course has been approved for 5.5 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 5.5 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.

REVIEWS

5 star rating

Really stimulating content

Debi Amor

Took a slow and steady approach so not to overload my learning. Feel I now need to go back and read through my notes again and do more reading into training ...

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Took a slow and steady approach so not to overload my learning. Feel I now need to go back and read through my notes again and do more reading into training methods

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5 star rating

Excellent course

Jen Adams

What a fantastic in depth course! Having a horse who I suspect has experienced a lot of trauma I have found this course invaluable. Emma explains how trauma ...

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What a fantastic in depth course! Having a horse who I suspect has experienced a lot of trauma I have found this course invaluable. Emma explains how trauma has such an effect on the horse both psychologically and physically and how it can affect the brain. She explains how the memory of fear may remain which explains why the fear response can pop up even at times the horse seemingly has nothing to fear. I really enjoyed the videos watching Merlin, the pony who had been fearful of having his feet handled. I've got some great help from this on what to progress onto next with my horse...get ready for the rasp Magic! The CAT approach I found interesting and will do some further reading on. Also the stimulus blending idea. I've not heard of that before and it makes perfect sense. I highly recommend this course to anyone involved with horses, traumatised or not. Not only does the course help you understand the traumatised/fearful horse better, it helps to prevent any actions that may induce fear. Thank you Emma and Understand Horses!

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5 star rating

Fantastic learning that is incredibly needed!

Melita Balch

This was a superb learning experience of information that I've not found previously but is oh so important! It was a very logical and methodical presentatio...

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This was a superb learning experience of information that I've not found previously but is oh so important! It was a very logical and methodical presentation of a sometimes very complex and difficult subject – which helped me to be able to understand it all. This talk, particularly the trauma specific parts, has absolutely been phenomenal to hear/see. THANK YOU!

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5 star rating

Fascinating!

Coraline Plumat

I've enjoyed every minute of this course and have learned so much throughout every chapter! It has been so fascinating to go beyond the training methods ofte...

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I've enjoyed every minute of this course and have learned so much throughout every chapter! It has been so fascinating to go beyond the training methods often described and dive down into neurology and what really happens in the horse brain. If you love science and what to understand WHY horses react like they do, this course is a must!

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4 star rating

Good

Trixie Williams Williams

5 star rating

Very informative

abigail hawkins

Clear and concise

Clear and concise

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5 star rating

Really fascinating

Sarah Jackson

This course is well explained and covered difficult topics very clearly I think. One of my horses is a rescue and has a traumatic past and this has given me ...

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This course is well explained and covered difficult topics very clearly I think. One of my horses is a rescue and has a traumatic past and this has given me lots of ideas for her. Highly recommend this course for anyone looking to understand more.

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Discover the latest scientific research into fear and trauma in horses

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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