When: Arrive 9.45 for a 10am start, finish around 1 pm.
Where: Wotton Village Hall, between Guildford and Dorking on the A25, behind the
Wotton Hatch pub, Surrey (easy access of the M25, M3 and relatively near a railway
For the majority of us, building a deep and strong relationship with our horses is
one of the most important criteria of all. We all want to hugely improve our understanding
of, and our communication with our horses. During this workshop, Jo will take you
on an introductory journey into just how to do that!
Quickly skimming the surface of the science behind how horses learn by association
(classical conditioning) and by consequences (operant conditioning), Jo will then
introduce research by Jaak Panksepp, a leading neuroscientist who has been studying
emotions in the brain for many years and who has coined the term “Affective Neuroscience”.
Panksepp’s work proves beyond all doubt, that animals experience feelings and emotions
because they share the same brain structure as their fellow mammals, humans. By developing
this understanding of exactly how ‘good feelings of the brain’ are created and nurtured,
and conversely how bad ones can be minimised, Jo will explore the impact that this
has on associative learning (the forming of opinions) and thus how the emotions experienced
by our horses during interactions with us directly affects our relationships with
Appreciating and considering these instinctive emotional brain circuits creates a
way for owners and trainers to help horses overcome fears, phobias and stressful
experiences. Instead we can develop them into relaxed, curious, confident and happy
partners which, perhaps even more importantly, then allows us to safely remove our
reliance on the use of physical corrections or force.
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The speaker: Jo Hughes is a BHS AI (Reg’d) Instructor l Classical Equitation Coach
l Reward-based, Positive Reinforcement Trainer l Horse Agility Accredited Trainer
(HAAT). She runs the Academy of Positive Horsemanship. www.equi-libre.co.uk/academy-of-positive-horsemanship/