Archives for the month of: June, 2015

Training demos at Free Spirit Equestrian Centre, 41 Maytown Road, Bessbrook (near Newry, Co. Down, Northern Ireland) on Wednesday 1st, 8th and 15th July 2015, 8.30-9.30pm.

Does your horse look like this when asked to jump:

Would you like him or her to look more like this:

Learn how to use reward based training to help your horse find jumping fun.

Equine Behaviourist and trainer Dr Helen Spence will explain the science and psychology that help us understand why horses might refuse, run out, rush fences or stand off, and in turn, how we can use that understanding to help develop ‘The Happy Athlete’, a horse that truly enjoys jumping, that is calm, balanced and willing. The demos will focus on how to teach loose jumping in order to develop the horse’s confidence, but with an explanation of how to tailor the approach to suit the individual and how to move forwards to jumping with a rider and jumping courses.

The demos will utilise the use of targets for teaching jumping, popularised by dolphin trainer turned horse trainer Shawna Karrasch, and utilised by showjumper and Olympic gold medallist Beezie Madden. Most famously, Beezie used Shawna’s methods to teach Judgement to jump water to enable his return to top level competition.

Cost for attending ‘Jumping for Joy’ £10 per session at the door or £25 for all three booked in advance. If attending alongside the Lovely Loading (7.30-8.30pm), Caffrey training demo (7-7.30pm) and Q and A session (9.30-10pm) the cost for the whole evening is £20 on the door or £45 if all three full evenings are booked in advance. For advance booking please contact Helen Spence on 07773 157428 or info@helenspencehorsesense.co.uk.

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Training demos at Free Spirit Equestrian Centre, 41 Maytown Road, Bessbrook (near Newry, Co. Down, Northern Ireland) on Wednesdays 1st, 8th and 15th July, 7.30-8.30pm.

Does your trailer loading sometimes look like this:

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Or even this?

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Would you love to have a horse that you could just walk straight to the box and they would load themselves?

There’s nothing worse than that feeling of dread when you’re going to a competition and you don’t even know if you’ll get there. Or perhaps you can get there but not home again?

Dr Helen Spence, Equine Behaviourist and trainer will explain the most common causes of loading problems and how best to deal with them. The training demos will show you how to use reward based training methods to help your horse learn to enjoy loading and travelling. These methods are appropriate for horses that have never travelled before, and for those that have developed issues. As a behaviourist, Helen will emphasise the importance of vet checks and getting to the root of the problem.

Cost for attending ‘Lovely Loading’ £10 per session at the door or £25 for all three booked in advance. If attending alongside the Jump for Joy (8.30-9.30pm), Caffrey training demo (7-7.30pm) and Q and A session (9.30-10pm) the cost for the whole evening is £20 on the door or £45 if all three full evenings are booked in advance. For advance booking please contact Helen Spence on 07773 157428 or info@helenspencehorsesense.co.uk.

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Caffrey learning it's ok to trust people....

Would you like to learn more about reward based training and how you can make really practical use of it with your horse? Perhaps you want to improve your relationship with your horse. Or maybe you are more interested in improving performance? This approach to horse training has the benefit of achieving both these goals!

On Wednesdays 1st, 8th and 15th of July Dr Helen Spence will be demonstrating how to build confidence with the rescued/ abused horse (7-7.30pm), how to teach your horse to load and travel happily (7.30-8.30pm) and how to develop confidence and balance jumping (8.30-9.30pm) followed by a Q and A session (9.30-10pm). You can pick and choose what you’d like to attend.

Cost for attending either ‘Jumping for Joy’ or ‘Lovely Loading’ £10 per session at the door or £25 for all three booked in advance. If attending for the whole evening: Caffrey training demo (7-7.30pm), Lovely Loading 7.30-8.30pm, ‘Jump for Joy’ 8.30-9.30pm and Q and A session (9.30-10pm) the cost for the whole evening is £20 on the door or £45 if all three full evenings are booked in advance. If you just want to watch the demo with Caffrey or the Q and A session then cost is £5 per session on the door or £10 in advance for all three. For advance booking please contact Helen Spence on 07773 157428 or info@helenspencehorsesense.co.uk.

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Whether I take the high road or the low road, I’m looking forward to arriving across the Irish Sea in time to meet some lovely Scottish horse trainers on Sunday 5th July, 2015!

Dr Dorothy Heffernan has invited me over to do a day of teaching just outside  Glasgow. As far as I know the lesson slots are all taken, but there will be the possibility of spectating and there will definitely be time for questions and answers and some good discussion over a tea/ coffee and hopefully some cake ;-), so if you’d like to join us you’d be very welcome.

The lessons will be tailored to suit each individual horse and handler combination, and I believe we have a nice range in terms of levels of experience and the kinds of issues they’d like to address, so I’m sure it will be an interesting and informative day. As with all my lessons, I’ll be drawing on my background in Psychology, my interest in classical riding, the Alexander Technique and the development of feel, and my experience training with marker signals and appetitives (rewards), together with my work as an equine behaviourist, in order to help each pair work through any issues they may be facing and at the same time develop emotional and physical balance.

For more information on joining us, please contact myself (info@helenspencehorsesense.co.uk) or Dorothy (dorothy@oherlihy.com).

I’m looking forward to seeing some of you there!

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