HorseAwareness KNOWLEDGE * JOY * UNDERSTANDING
WHAT I CAN HELP YOU WITH
Below you can see the different topics where my expertise can be of help to you. If you find a topic that fits with what you're looking for have a look to the right to see in what format I can help you with that.
Ethology, Behavior Analysis and Clicker Training
This topic runs as a theme in everything else I do, so if you don't have any previous knowledge about clicker training and want to take lessons with me, this is where I want us to start. The best way to do this is with the workshop series 'Introduction to behavior analysis & clicker training' or with a clinic on this theme.
Ethology helps us understand what makes up a horse, what kind of life it's adapted to and how a horse usually reacts in different situations.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) gives us great tools to go into detail to understand what actually is happening and see what we can do to affect that.
Clicker training gives us a shared language with the horse, helping us to explain to the horse what it is we would like it to do, without the horse having to fear what might happen if it doesn't understand. It also helps us listen to what the horse wants and we can set up the training to give the horse more control, where it's free to leave when it wants to and enjoy a stimulating environment, but chooses to stay with us and train. This will create a happier horse and makes our time with the horse much safer. Clicker training is based on positive reinforcement (a reward is added that will increase the behaviour) and has been shown in several studies to be a faster way of teaching your horse what to do and for it to remember that knowledge for a longer period of time. As a bonus they are also more willing to approach the trainer and show less stress and frustration during training. You as a trainer will also get happier, when focusing on what the horse does right and setting the horse up for success, instead of correcting it when it does something wrong.
Read more about training with positive reinforcement: Using food rewards in the relationship with your horse and The basics of behavior analysis and clicker training.
Clicker training for humans (TAG-teach) is also a great tool to make the learning process easier, faster and with less frustration for you. It's a tool I can use to help you reach greater proficiency in your performance, which makes the time with your horse more enjoyable and will give you less unnecessary noice in your communication.
Standing still/stationing while being groomed and saddled. Lifting its hooves for a trim and being comfortable while doing so. Trailer loading without distress. Walking on a loose lead. Horse actively engaging in deworming. Putting on fly spray with a relaxed horse. Everything that makes the care and day to day life easier and more enjoyable.
Without any restraints we dance with our horse. With different excercises we make the horse stronger and prouder, increase its body awareness and have fun together. This will reduce the risk of injuries and will give you and your horse a long, healthy and joyful life together.
Riding from the ground. The work builds strength and stamina in both our horses and ourselves, which lays the foundation for a sound horse many years to come. As a bonus we also empower our horse, make it proud and help it dance.
Meeting Your Horse's Needs
I can help you expand your understanding about the needs of horses and how we best set up the environment to fit those needs. Horses are herd animals whose organs have evolved to a life of slowly walking while eating grass the majority of the day. What can we do to help keep our horses healthy - both body and mind?
Anatomy and Physiology
Welcome to the land of latin names and biomechanics. With knowledge and understanding about how the horse's (and our) body works we are better equipped to guide the horse towards a more balanced life. This will empower us and be a great building block in the training with our horse, independent of our discipline.
Riding in Awareness and Sensory Motor Learning
Get yoor horse in an attentive and relaxed mood, from the mounting block all the way to piaff. With awareness creating questions, physical guiding and TAG-teach I can help you become more aware of your body, how it moves and how this connects to the movements of the horse. This helps you get a better relationship with your whole self, to get rid of the noice that might disturb the connection between you and your horse, and where you can allow the horse to really move in balance. From there the stars are the limit.
DETAILS OF WHAT'S ON OFFER
Do you have an urge to learn more about horses? Maybe you're new to the horse world, or you've been around horses your whole life. Fortunately there's always new things to wrap your head around. On these workshop series we explore the different subjects in more detail. We mix theoretical and practical lessons. Minimum number of participants is four, maximum is twelve.
The workshop series can be done over several weeks, with one workshop every week or every second week. Another option, especially if you're further away from me, is to do all the workshops in a series over one whole day. Every workshop is around two hours long and a series is comprised of three or four workshops. Below you can get a closer look at what the different workshop series include.
For some of the workshops we need horse/s for some sessions. Not everyone attending has to have a horse with them, it can be 1-4 horses (depending on group size) that are comfortable with being handled and have a few people around them.
Getting to know horses - 1
3 x 2 hours
This workshop series is mainly for those new to horses. That said, even if you've been around horses for a few years you might benefit greatly from attending it.
- Ethology of the horse
- How horses learn and adjust their behaviours
Getting to know horses - 2
4 x 2 hours
- Ethology in greater detail, the domesticated horse
- Learning theory. How do we best teach the horse new things?
- Anatomy & physiology (horse/s needed for this session)
- How to do a daily health check + First aid for horses (horse/s needed for this session)
Introduction to behavior analysis & clicker training
3 x 2 hours
Here you will get an insight into Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and learn more about how all of us learn and adjust our behaviours to the world. You will then practise this knowledge on your fellow participants and get to know more about clicker training.
Theory is mixed with fun practical sessions.
Anatomy & physiology - 1
3 x 2 hours
- Anatomy; what we can see
- Under the skin; sceleton
- Under the skin; muscles
Anatomy & physiology - 2
3 x 2 hours or 4 x 2 hours
- Palpation of what we learned in part 1 (horse/s needed for this session)
- Biomechanics and the gaits; normal and illness
- How do we help the horse build longterm soundness?
- Movement analysis (horse/s needed for this session), when doing the 4 x 2 hours series
Meeting your horse's needs
3 x 2 hours
Here we go into detail on how we can arrange the environment around the horse to make sure the horse's needs are met. We'll design a yard/paddock, where we'll use both real life examples (your own land/paddock!) and made up ones, to see how we best can use what we've got, whether it's a small patch of land or several hectares.
- Ethology and physiology, the horse's needs
- How to meet those needs in captivity?
- What about the humans?
- Design your own horse paradise
Around 45 min long at your preferred venue.
Singular private lesson or a whole day of private lessons. Either only you or also others in your area.
Private lessons are mainly offered in Wellington and Masterton area. With a training day of minimum 6 lessons this is also offered in other parts of New Zealand.
During the lesson I focus solely on you and your horse. We start off by exploring your dreams and visions and make an individual plan on how you can reach there. Depending on what things you and your horse are interested in and other circumstances the setup/structure of your lessons may differ. Sometimes it might be better to have a day with several lessons and then leave a longer period in between, and sometimes it is better to have a regular lesson every or every second week.
If you don't have the possibilty to attend or arrange a workshop series or clinic on Behavior Analysis and clicker training it is possible to start on this journey with private lessons. At least 2-3 lessons the first time is then preferred.
5-7 participants with horses. Maximum 12 participants without horses.
One or two days.
Available all over New Zealand.
Clinics always have a specific theme that runs through the whole clinic. This is decided beforehand and is clear to all participants.
We start off in the morning with a theory lesson, and depending on the theme also a workshop. We then move to the arena and have horse lessons, either one or two horses at a time, depending on the theme. After lunch we have some more theory and/or a workshop and finish off the day with some more horse lessons.
Depending on the time of year different types of facilities could be needed, e.g. might it be preferred with an indoor arena in winter.
Online Video Coaching
If you've taken lessons for me before in any form and need my help, without the possibility of me doing it in person, it is possible to set up an online video coaching session. You will make a 5-15 min video (can be done with your phone on the side of the fence) that shows me the things you need help with. I will then send you some feedback through e-mail and we finish off with a skype/video session where you can ask questions and we'll discuss the way forward. I can be of assistance (to a certain degree) with the technical setup.
A great way to get continuity in your training when the opportunities for real life training are limited, for example when you're a bit too far from me.
Copyright Karin Stillberg © All Rights Reserved