10 Learning Theory-Based Horse Training Principles

From: The Horse
By: Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor


Andrew McLean, PhD, BSc, Dipl. Ed, renowned horse trainer and head of the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre, in Victoria, first presented his evidence- and learning theory-based principles of horse training in 2006. Since then he’s been refining and retooling them as he discovers more ways to promote equine welfare.

“It’s not about turning horse training into a science,” he explained, “but, rather, understanding, defining, and measuring what we possibly can.”

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  • mustang man

    I attended the ISES (International Society for Equitation Science) in august in Vancouver BC, amazing and eye opening to say the least. 3 days of solid research and actual demonstrations of the principles of equitation science based training.The list used to be 8 and is now approved and released to be 10 training principles. Andrew McLean was both a inspirational and informative speaker along with the other PHD’s MD’s and DVM speaking. Next years conference is begin hosted by the world renowned Riding academy of France, Saumur. You can learn more in 2 days at these conferences then you would in years anywhere else. Help stop the number one abuse to horses, improper riding and training.

    September 28, 2015