Connection Training: The Heart and Science of Positive Horse Training by Hannah Weston
Connection Training’s approach creates the best experience for the horse, based on the science of learning and equine emotions. We focus on building positive emotions around you and the training, such as relaxation, confidence and willingness. These emotions create safe, happy horses who are a joy to train, ride and handle.
In this book, you will learn:
> How emotions drive your horse’s behaviour and why training from an emotional perspective makes so much sense.
> How to solve problems in handling, healthcare and loading.
> How to teach healthy postural engagement through gymnastic groundwork in a fun and positive way your horse will love.
> How to make riding rewarding, safe and fun for both of you.
Following the guidance in this book, you can solve your problems, achieve your goals and create a wonderful equine partner for life.
“Connection Training has transformed my life with horses after 30+ years of ownership. The focus is on your connection with the horse and that is what I have been searching for all this time Once you get that then trust builds and suddenly all things seem possible.”
Lynne Hockney UK
“As a clinical animal behaviourist and university lecturer I am regularly asked for recommended reading around equine training and the science behind it; this text would definitely be on my essential reading list. Crafted into a volume that seamlessly combines the science of behavioural ethology with the practice of training, this book consistently champions the ultimate aim; to provide optimally for the welfare of our domesticated equines in all our interactions with them.”
Extract from the foreword
by Loni Loftus
MSc, BSc(Hons), PgAEd, CAB
Head of Equine Operations, RSPCA
About the Authors
Hannah Weston and Rachel Bedingfield are pioneers in combining equine ethology, the science of equine emotions and positive horse training techniques. They are passionate about helping leisure horse owners to connect with their horse and achieve their goals, whether that’s being able to ride confidently, teach healthy movement and lateral exercises or help a frightened rescue to overcome fear. Their training approach is soft, gentle and always puts the horse first.
Rachel brings the science and theory and Hannah brings the real-world practice. Together, they are a great team, combining a firm base of knowledge and understanding with step-by-step exercises and techniques you can use with your horse.