5 x individual video lessons and 1 x quiz to test your knowledge
You can download a personalised CPD/CEU certificate after completing the quiz.
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.
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 ...Read More
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 methodsRead Less
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 ...Read More
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!Read Less
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...Read More
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!Read Less
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...Read More
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!Read Less
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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 ...Read More
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.Read Less