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How do horses learn and how can we better understand their behaviour?

Welfare Wednesday Webinar considers this fascinating subject

17 November 2020, at 5:00pm

On Wednesday 18 November join equine vet, Gemma Pearson as she explores how we can better understand our horses’ behaviour and interpret what they’re trying to tell us. Gemma will share some of the science around how horses take on information and learn, as well as examples of horses she has worked with throughout her career. She will explain some of the common challenges that owners may experience when trying to train their horse and what are the best ways to approach these issues. Gemma will be joined by World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre Manager Claire Dickie, who will share case studies of some of the horses who have come into our care and provide practical examples of how she and her team have approached these more challenging cases. By understanding how horses learn and how best to overcome behavioural challenges our teams have given thousands of horses the chance to find a loving home of their own, which ultimately allows us to help even more horses in need.

By registering for the webinar through Zoom, you will be able to take part in the various polls, ask questions during the Q and A and overall have a much more interactive experience. If you are keen to be part of the conversation, then please join.

The fortnightly webinars are free to attend, and they can also be viewed live as a Facebook Live session. If you have missed any if the previous webinars - which have tackled subjects as fascinating and diverse as keeping animals fit, weight management and euthanasia - they are all available to watch on the World Horse Welfare YouTube channel.

More about the two presenters

Gemma Pearson is an equine vet based at the University of Edinburgh where she completed a residency, including a certificate in advanced veterinary practice (equine medicine) and an MScR investigating the interactions between equine veterinarians and their patients. She is one of only a handful of certified clinical equine behaviourists in the UK and currently runs an equine behaviour service alongside a PhD investigating the stress response of horses undergoing veterinary care. She is also the Director of Equine Behaviour for The Horse Trust and Veterinary Liaison Officer for the International Society for Equitation Science.

Claire Dickie has worked in the equine industry for many years and has had extensive experience with all types of horses. She originally joined World Horse Welfare as a groom in 2001, and, after a brief spell away from the charity, she returned to take on the role of Glenda Spooner Farm Centre Manager in 2011. Claire is a keen horse woman who rides regularly. She has a genuine passion for equine rehabilitation and is a trained equine massage therapist.