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Training Horses: Where To Begin?

3 months ago

28th November, 2023 10h12

World Horse Welfare

Not sure where to begin when training your horse? Or have you been in a situation where your horse hasn’t understood what you were asking of them? Join us on Wednesday 29 November, where we will be joined by veterinary behaviourist Gemma Pearson to explore how horses learn, and how we can use this knowledge when training horses. Gemma will discuss the principles of learning theory, including how to use positive and negative reinforcement, and describe situations where using these methods will be beneficial to your horses training. Gemma will be joined by Eileen Gillen, centre manager at our Belwade Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre who has vast experience training and rehabilitating horses using the principles of training.

As always, the team will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have at the end of the webinar.

By registering for the webinars through Zoom, you will be able to take part in the various polls, ask questions during the Q&A and enjoy an interactive experience. If you are keen to be part of the conversation for this webinar on 29 November, then please REGISTER HERE  

The webinars are free to attend and if you are unable to attend via Zoom they can also be viewed as a Facebook Live session. If you have missed any of the ever-increasing programme of previous webinars - which have covered subjects as fascinating and diverse as keeping horses fit, weight management, euthanasia, biosecurity, horse mental wellbeing and travelling - they are all available to watch on the World Horse Welfare Advice Pages

More about the presenter: Gemma Pearson is an equine vet based at the University of Edinburgh where she completed a residency. This included a certificate in advanced veterinary practice (equine medicine) and an MScR investigating the interactions between equine veterinarians and their patients. She has recently completed a PhD in which she investigated the stress response of horses undergoing veterinary care. She is one of only a handful of certified clinical equine behaviourists in the UK and currently runs an equine behaviour service at the University of Edinburgh. Gemma is also the Director of equine behaviour for The Horse Trust and Veterinary Liaison Officer for the International Society for Equitation Science.

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