EBA members may access up to 4 free webinars a year


Beyond Behaviourism Webinar Series

The next webinar is will be 19th August 2024. Felicity George will be presenting a case study detailing how we established physical and emotional safety for an individual equine.

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Previous EBA ‘Beyond Behaviourism’ Webinars are available to view for £15 for non-members. 

EBA members may access up to 4 free webinars a year, choosing either live attendance or watching past webinars from our library.

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A selection of clips from past webinars can be viewed here

Past webinars are as follows; if you would like more details on any of these, please let us know by contacting: secretary@equinebehaviouraffiliation.org

1. Dr Marie-Louise Holmes: A horse owner’s guide to the brain.

Clinical psychologist and EBA special advisor Dr Marie-Louise Holmes presents a simple model for understanding your horse’s brain. This helps us to understand the importance of addressing emotions, reducing stress and encouraging healthy brain function as key to working ethically and effectively with unwanted behaviours.

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2. Sharon Smith Msc: Feeding, behaviour and weight management.

How do different feeds impact on the immediate physical and mental state of horses? What are the implications of too much or too little bodyfat? How can we feed each horse to balance mental and physical well-being? This webinar helps you focus on the individual and not on systems.

Sharon Smith holds an MSc in Applied Equine Science and specialised in grazing behaviour and nutrition.

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3. Felicity George: 3 horses who spooked and spun for home…a BioPsychoSocial approach to behaviour problems.

This webinar explains about why EBA Registered Equine Psychology Specialists go ‘beyond behaviourism’ and what that means. 3 examples of horses who ‘spooked and spun’ for very different reasons are given to illustrate the process.

Most unwanted behaviours can happen for so many different reasons, and we need to consider the whole picture to understand and help. Often, they are inappropriately viewed as ‘training problems’ and it can be frustrating and frightening searching for the right training solution when a different kind of help is needed.

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4. Dr Marie-Louise Holmes and Felicity George: Trauma in the context of trans-species psychology.

In our fourth beyond behaviourism webinar we will be exploring the parallels between human and animal treatment of psychological trauma presentations with specific examples and a clear link to the principles underpinning the field of trans-species psychology
There will be a strictly limited number of places every year, to ensure that students get the support and time they need from EBA.

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5. Dr Andrew Hemmings. Training the brain: A headfirst journey into the neuroscience of learning

Some topics discussed:

* Why horse keepers must get to grips with dopamine

* New data on the genetics of impulsivity and compulsivity

* Dopamine as the driver of training-linked neuroplasticity

* Stress as the confounder of a happy and fulfilled training regime

* Behavioural measures of brain function- how can these measures inform training?

Plus much more !

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6. Dr Marie-Louise Holmes and Felicity George: The Secure Base: Attachment, attunement and equine relationships.

Looking at attachment theory, and its practical application to all equine relationships (with humans as well as other horses).

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7. Hannah MacIntosh: Working with Clients: Beyond the Behaviour Modification Programme

Exploring some of the key principles that underpin effective communication in a wide range of settings.

Setting the 3 core conditions of a person centred model at the heart of good practice, we will be looking at a range of topics including –
* Practising and reflecting on active listening
* psychoeducation
* understanding ‘readiness’
* modelling
* socratic dialogue
* experiential learning

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8. Jane and stuart Myers: Why the Long Face? How horse behaviour, welfare and land management are inextricably linked

Focussing on the behaviour and welfare aspects of land management and paddock layout/use for horses.
Stuart and Jane Myers MSc (Equine) are specialists in making small plots of land work for the environment, owners and property value, as well as the horses, in environmentally sensitive habitats in Australia, USA, Europe and the U.K. Over the last 20 years they have helped hundreds of owners have an easier life and happier horses.

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9. Gillian Higgins: Healthy movement and behaviour

Gillian Higgins of ‘Horses Inside Out’ answers questions posed by EBA members about healthy movement and behaviour. From what you can tell about how a horse gets up after sleeping, to the individual nature of the ideal height at which hay should be eaten, to the causes of the most common physical problems seen in the ridden horse, to beneficial exercises for the older horse – a wealth of useful information, with many video clips to illustrate.

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10. Jonathan Nunn FWCF: A Balanced View to barefoot vs Shod

With over 37 years of farriery experience, Jonathan Nunn FWCF specialises in veterinary remedial work and performance horses.

Jon is also co-founder and chairman of the Farriers Foundation; a registered charity offering financial support to injured or ill farriers in need.

In this webinar Jon will discuss advantages and disadvantages of keeping a horse barefoot or shod. And how to manage, maintain and improve equine hoof health in a way which benefits each individual horse.

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11. Julie Taylor: Picking up where the federations failed

How can we work to protect and improve sport and leisure horse welfare in a world where the sport’s governing bodies have made it clear that they will not?

How can we mobilise legislators and the mainstream media to achieve better horse protection? And dare we even rock that boat?

Former equestrian journalist, current horse advocacy activist and author of the book “I Can’t Watch Anymore”  – The Case for Dropping Equestrian From the Olympic Games, Julie Taylor, explains why it’s time to stop pleading with federations like the FEI to protect horses and shift the focus to legislators and mainstream media outlets.

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12. Felicity George: 'It Depends' - Equine body language in the real world

Rather than directly discussing body language signs, this webinar explores the interplay between skills in the observation of equine body language, making sense of what we see, and translating our observations and reflections into action. A wide range of video footage brings this exploration to life.

Whatever we think we ‘know’ about equine body language, when seeking a deeper understanding of the individual horse in context the only certainty about what we see is ‘it depends’.


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13. Felicity George: 100 Equine Behaviour cases: The impact of changes to practice from 2017 to 2022.

In this webinar, we compare understanding of problems, interventions and outcomes for 50 cases in 2017 working as an equine behaviourist and 50 cases in 2022 working as an equine psychology specialist.

Over the past 4 years, the EBA has offered webinars presenting much of the theory behind how Registered Equine Psychology Specialists (REPS) work – attachment theory, understanding trauma and Judith Herman’s Trauma treatment phases and trans-species psychology for example. We have also talked about professional practice – the use of formulation and how we work with clients. This talk links theory to practice.

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14. Venya Bonebakker: Change the world, not the horse. A shift in focus - From training systems to systemic problem solving

In this webinar, EBA registered equine psychology specialist Venya Bonebakker will share with you her personal journey, trying to discover how best to help horses with behaviours we find challenging. This involves encounters with different training systems, exploration of theories and practical experiences and experiments. She considers the obstacles presented by social constructs, biases and opinions which held her back from seeing the full picture. A deeper understanding of the factors influencing behaviour, combined with careful listening to horses opinions on ‘what helps’ led to shifts in her priorities and focus.

Many of us embark on such a journey. Each of our journeys is unique, but there is much common ground in what we seek, how we try to find it, and the challenges we face; reflections on one person’s experience can help us all along this path.

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15. Karolina westlund: applied ethology for horse guardians

For those of us interested in animal welfare, it’s very useful to look at the animal’s situation from the ethological perspective. This angle helps generate ideas about how to best provide animals with an environment and context that create optimal conditions to help them thrive and be resilient and bounce back easily from unexpected and potentially scary events.

In this webinar, Karolina will discuss:

– what is ethology, and why is it a relevant subject for someone interested in horses?
– basic and applied ethology and the three most important perspectives
– the social environment- epigenetics and weaning
– time budget and foraging

– environmental enrichment for horses- preventing and addressing fear
– the defense cascade, triggers and learning

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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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17. Sharon Smith MSC: "A CAKE OF SIMILARITY": Advances in comparative neuroanatomy

In this brand-new webinar we’ll be considering a definition of Gay Bradshaw’s trans-species psychology which is, ‘the scientific recognition that animals share common brain structures and capacities with humans that govern thinking, feeling, dreaming, aspirations, and consciousness’ otherwise known as ‘the cake of similarity’ (with an icing of difference).

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