Partnering Science & Horsemanship
Horse Listening combines the science of animal psychology and the art of learning from the horse how to both understand and recognise the needs using subtle communication.
There are so many places of information available to us these days, where do we look? What should we learn first? It can be so confusing at times. My personal journey with horses integrates both a devotion to studying the science of Equus and a collection of techniques from leading horse trainers from around the world. My way of teaching concentrates the information down to easy to understand steps and offer both class based and practical training.
Every horse, as people, learns in a different way. Different personalities – some dominant, others passive, some shy and nervous. So before we start putting all of our demands on the horse, I’d like to teach you gentle techniques of how to listen to your horse and develop a deeper partnership at the very beginning of your journey together.
I strongly believe Horse Listening changes our whole approach as horsemen and women. We learn to quieten our minds, develop our sensitivity, realise a stronger bond and most importantly we can learn from the horse what works for them and tailor their training so they advance in a much more relaxed and confident manner.
If we listen, we can find out much more subtle information about our horses. They try to tell us in their everyday interactions with us, but we aren’t always receptive to understand their signals. From the horse we learn about ourselves as trainers and find out our own strengths and weaknesses. We learn about our ego and how that potentially blocks us from being a better teacher.
Sessions can be delivered as (horseless) lectures, working with horses 1-2-1 or in a group (clinic or workshop).
How Does This Fit with Training?
Everything about your horse’s world becomes better when you start to see it from their point of view. Understanding the horse on a deeper level opens up a new awareness to not only see the world as them, but helps you to predict a little bit better and plan.
Learn to read your horse in the field, the stable and from the saddle.
The Concept of Horse Listening & the Art of Horse Whispering are available as a 2-4 day course. This course can be offered privately at your own yard or in a group clinic. Please contact to discuss as the format can be shaped to meet your situation.
Follow up sessions and courses are also available, each new session provides an opportunity to learn more and strengthen our awareness and understanding.
Phillippa came to our place and held a two day clinic. I was very impressed with her depth of knowledge and experience and enthusiasm to engage with every participant and their horses.
I personally came away with a totally new perspective on horse training! I had been completely stuck with my ex trotter, rún out of options, but now I have new hope and a path forward with this mare.
Very interesting weekend, learned so many new things, and new techniques.
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