EBA

Improving equine well-being

by creating a supportive learning community for those interested in equine psychology and behaviour.
We welcome all within the equestrian world: horse owners, equine behaviourists or other professionals.

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EQUINE BEHAVIOUR AFFILIATION

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 About Us

The Equine Behaviour Affiliation (EBA) is a body of like-minded qualified equine psychology specialists who share a vision:

To improve equine well-being by creating a supportive learning community for those interested in equine psychology and behaviour.

We welcome all within the equestrian world: horse owners, equine behaviourists or other equine professionals.

 

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At heart, we consider how we can best meet the psychological and physical needs of domestic equines, with reference to understanding these needs as they apply to all mammals; to equines; and to the individual. 

Environmental mismatch – living in an environment your species did not evolve to cope with – is a huge challenge for domestic equines and their caregivers, so we pursue a deeper understanding of assessing and improving their complete environment.

Interactions with humans is another area of great interest. At both a species-wide and individual level, what are reasonable expectations physically and mentally of domestic equines? How do we form healthy relationships with them?

For the individual equine whose behaviour is causing concern, our Registered Equine Psychology Specialists use Trans-species Systemic Formulation® to ensure a broad analysis of both their physical and mental well-being, addressing trauma and stress-related issues for the individual situation. We focus on changing the world around the horse, and their experience of it, rather than focussing on behaviour modification.

This deeper understanding of course benefits the humans involved, not just the equines, leading to safer, healthier co-operation between species.

EBA members are passionate about disseminating what is known and actively exploring the profound effects of domestication in our attempts to enhance equine well-being and horse-human relationships.

To achieve this we strongly believe in establishing a community that offers education and accreditation, mentoring and CPD.

By offering tailored education and accreditation to all levels, we hope to spread awareness of equine psychological needs and how to manage and interact with them ethically across a broad range of equine professions.

Membership

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EBA is committed to supporting members through professional accreditation, education and opportunities for development.

We have 3 levels of Membership:

  • Supporter
  • EBA Student
  • Professional

Visit our Membership Page for details on what each level offers and how to join.

16. Rachael draaisma: Scentwork: A tool and medicine for the equine body and soul

In this webinar Rachaël Draaisma introduces various forms of equine scentwork. She will dive deeper into the advantages equine scentwork gives and how they positively affect the horses physically and mentally. For instance, you will get to know why scentwork calms the horse, why it leads to less spooky behaviours, or more connection between horse and handler. Rachaël will also discuss the challenges and applicability of various scentwork exercises. Although this webinar does not give a step by step guide on how to get started on the equine scentwork exercises, it will inspire many to explore further and to add these new activities into their daily life and work with horses.

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Join as a Supporter

For any individuals who are interested in equine behaviour but who are not practising as an EBA Registered Equine Psychology Specialist.

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STUDENT MEMBERSHIP

For anyone currently training with the EBA. You can join EBA as a student by registering and being accepted for any of our courses.