Our Mission, Aims and Values

OUR MISSION  

To improve the emotional and physical well being of horses through the education of the equine community; embedding evidence-based ethological needs as best-practice in an integrated approach to equine management and training. 

 

EBA AIMS

The Equine Behaviour Affiliation aims to:

 

  1. Encourage ethical and integrated approaches to support equine mental and physical wellbeing.  
  2. Support and promote sustainable and progressive equine behaviour practice 
  3. Improve safety, health and the environment for horses and humans 
  4. Continue to educate ourselves and others about ethical equine management and training. 

1. Encourage ethical and integrated approaches to support equine mental and physical wellbeing 

Respect that all situations are unique Use therapeutic and holistic approaches, recognising environmental influences and the whole horse, progressively resolving influences that cause conflict. 

Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive (LIMA) approach to retraining horses, creating a positive space where horse and human can thrive physically, mentally and emotionally from a foundation of feeling and being safe. 

Recognise that changing emotions (in horse and human) is key to changing behaviour 

Encourage synchronisation of horse and human 

Dynamic case progression and ongoing diagnosis 

 2. Support and promote sustainable and dynamic equine behaviour practice 

Maintain continuous high standard by  

embracing new research/ science from related fields 

nurturing a culture of support and education 

mentoring and case reviews 

CPD to ensure that practice reflects and keeps up to date with the latest research from related fields, e.g. veterinary, psychology. 

The ethical application of science 

Build relationships with institutions such as colleges, universities and professional bodies for wider understanding of the role of behaviourists and mutual benefit. 

Create calm, confident and competent equine behaviourists 

Provide a stepping stone for new consultants into other professional organisations  

 

3. Improve safety, health and the environment for horses and humans 

Help humans and horses to work together in a safer and more co-operative way. 

Support the dissemination of research that furthers a broader appreciation of the horse, the horse-human relationship and the horse’s role in society and the world. 

Recognise businesses that reflect our vision and aims and can therefore demonstrate best practice to the wider publice.g. by EBA accreditation of yards, riding schools, member’s courses, products and services. 

Reach out to sectors of the equine industry traditionally associated with stressful or unsafe management practices and poor equine welfare. 

4. Seek to continue to educate ourselves and others about ethical equine management and training 

Emphasize the high standard in education of consultants. 

Raise awareness of the importance of equine mental health and the human benefits from it among professionals, trainers and the general (horsey) public. 

Build relationships with academic institutions, charities, clubs and professionals from related fields, for understanding, mutual benefit and to broaden the focus. 

Create a supportive culture where each member’s contribution is respected  

An acceptance that methods and statistics can guide, but not define 

EBA VALUES

 The Equine Behaviour Affiliation is: 

Empathetic 

We understand things from the horse’s perspective 

We achieve harmony by being positive and kind 

We have unconditional positive regard 

Prosocial 

We are friendly, calm and approachable 

We value our members and trust them 

We respect the specialisms in other professions 

We provide a place of emotional and physical safety 

Dynamic 

We integrate new scientific advances as appropriate 

We are confident in our foundation of equine behaviour knowledge and experience 

We welcome individuals and input from all sectors of the equine industry 

Curious 

We seek out new people to work with 

We cultivate mutual understanding and synchrony 

We explore the wider equine industry