Do you think you have a nervous horse?
Or a lazy horse?
Perhaps your horse is difficult to catch? Or sharp and spooky?
Do you have a horse that bites or kicks?
Maybe your horse seems to you to be stubborn or ignorant?
Does your horse barge and push at you?
Have people told you your horse needs to learn to respect you, or that you need to be ‘dominant’?

To better understand the evidence based answers to these questions and to learn more about what makes horses tick, why your horse behaves the way they do, and the most ethical, kind and effective way of training them, why don’t you sign up for this enjoyable and interesting one day workshop with Dr Helen Spence.

Helen will explain how lessons learned from the field of psychology can help us to improve our training skills, in combination with a practical ability to read horse body language and understand the impact of our own physical and emotional state.

The focus will be on learning to recognise what kind of motivation we are using and how that feels for the horse, and how to make better use of rewards (appetitives) when training. This will include, but not be limited to, the use of a tool known as a ‘clicker’.

This workshop is in Williamstown, Galway, by kind permission of Leigh Spooner and Cathy Griffin, on Saturday 23rd June from 11am to 5 pm. The demo horses are all rescues from the ISPCA and we have a great variety of personalities and issues to work with on the day. The day costs ā‚¬40 per person and a percentage will be donated to the ISPCA to help with their equine work.

In order to book your place please contact Helen by email or by phone +447773 157428 by Monday 18th August.

Dr Helen Spence has a degree in Psychology and a PhD in the field of horse behaviour and welfare. She has been in business since 2003 as an equine behaviour and training consultant and over that time has taught workshops for everyone from happy hackers to professional trainers, has lectured in horse behaviour to postgraduate level, and is recognised as an expert in the field.