Understanding Emotions & Behaviour in Horses with Jo Hughes

Sunday 22nd May 2016

Price: £20, £15 LAA members  

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 station).

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 them.


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.

Pay by PayPal using the links below or send a cheque, payable to ‘Learning About Animals’, to:

Suzanne Rogers, 6 Fern Cottages, Dorking Road, Abinger Hammer, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6SA.

E-mail: Suzanne@learningaboutanimals.co.uk

Please let me know at time of booking if you require a certificate of attendance of the course for your records.

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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/





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