EQUINE BEHAVIOUR AFFILIATION

Trans-species Systemic Formulation®

Trans-species Systemic Formulation® extends a model recognised as best practice for understanding and addressing human psychological issues, by adding non-human animals into the formulation. 

  • Trans-species: acknowledges the inclusion of multiple species within a formulation. Trans-species psychology gives us validation of an approach where parallels between mammal brains are acknowledged, and species-specific variations are accounted for. 
  • Systemic: When considering an equine behaviour that people are concerned about, we look at the whole system within which that equine exists. We recognise that most problems are not located inside individuals. Instead, they tend to result from difficulties in relationships between individuals. These difficulties can arise from mismatches between the individual’s needs and the demands of their environment or those around them. In understanding this we can shift our focus to ‘changing the world, not the horse’. 
  • Formulation: Our method of formulation draws from Weerasekera’s (1996) four ‘P’s’. (Weerasekera, P.,1996. Multi-perspective Case Formulation: A step towards treatment integration. Krieger Publishing). 

With Trans-species Systemic Formulation, we integrate our understanding of brain function, psychological and physiological processes, and environmental influences to provide a truly biopsychosocial approach. We can apply this formulation to a single equine with behaviours that are causing concern, or to problem solving at a broader systemic level within the equine industry. 

Wherever we apply this method of formulation, it enables us to share a logical and thorough narrative of the situation. This narrative then allows us to work together to find ways of helping that enhance well-being and enable sustainable improvements for all involved.  

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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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