Course Description

The Equine Centred Behaviour Community

Do you want to find somewhere that you feel you belong to with people who will put their equine at the centre of their handling and base their approaches on principles, not methods?  If so then you have found where you belong, even if you have been struggling for a while to deal with aspects of the equine world you can breathe a sigh of relief as you settle into a relaxed and supportive community and find the support and encouragement that will help you learn and grow in confidence and ability. 

Rather than a one size fits all tool, this community builds on the science of behaviour to provide natural laws and principles that will guide participants in all their interactions. The Science of behaviour does not offer quick fixes that work short term, it provides sustainable solutions that can be used forever.

By teaching people how to think, not what to think, the Equine Centred Behaviour Community allows each member to permanently increase their own potential. 

This course is at the core of our Equine Centred Behaviour Community,  You will find information on how to access all the elements of the community.  There are videos to explain how everything works and how to use the different elements such as the links to the monthly live sessions, how to access the Facebook GROUP, and where to ask questions.

This is where you will find the monthly learning sessions. Each month new learning sessions will be released to help SUPPORT your learning journey. Each month’s sessions consist of short video training sessions and exercises for you to explore at HOME. 

Each module can be undertaken all at once or spread throughout the month depending on YOUR individual learning style and your INDIVIDUAL lifestyle. You don't have to do everything in order, dip in, mix and match to suit you, and you don't need to catch up.  This whole experience should not FEEL overwhelming.  I want the monthly sessions to fit into busy lives and the community to be there to support you as and when you need it.  I have included some lessons on the foundations of working with the science of behaviour to HELP get you started.

The learning is designed to help you learn to become more CONFIDENT from a solid foundation of the science of behaviour.  This will lead to self-development with the application of Human Behaviour Change (HBC) principles.

The content supports your journey to better equine relationships and allows you to explore a number of different topics.  This will enhance your understanding of equine behaviour while developing your relationship with your equine.  The content is suitable for owners and handlers of horses, donkeys and mules.  This is an equine community NOT a horsemanship community.


Feedback from recent online learning experiences with Ben Hart:

Sally Richards - "Thank you for your time, your care and listening".

Rhonda Stock - "I found this course incredibly helpful.  I absolutely loved the live zoom sessions after I got over my initial nerves as an introvert. There were so many things that made me think."

Kendra Wilson - "First and foremost I'd like to say, the class I'm in right now, How to have a better relationship ... is amazing!  It has forever changed the way my mind works and I'm finally becoming the person I'm meant to be.  I'm getting out of my own way and it shows in my two horses."

Hazel Thorburn - "I just wanted to say thank you for this course.  I had got lost and confused with my horses training and your common sense analytical approach has got me back on track." 


Membership Course Content:

Introduction to course and resources - Key principles of community

Module 1  The True Nature of Equines.

Module 2 - Understanding Equine Senses. How to become a more Equine Centred Trainer (ECT).

Module - The Equine Brain - Memory and Problem Solving.

Module 4 - Correct Communication – Understanding Positive and Negative Reinforcement and Punishment. 

Module  5 - More about operant conditioning, learning and its practical application. 

Module  6 - Successive Approximation -   the Key to great communication. Shaping Behaviour.

Module  7 - Shaping Using and Writing a Shaping Plan.

Module  8  - Stretching Comfort Zones - Why, How and What not to do.

Module  9  Problem Solving, Trust and Confidence - Why trust doesn’t just happen

Module  10 Enjoying the Journey What we know about Success, Grit, Resilience and Improving our Skills

Module  11 Navigating the path to success, how to set yourself up for success and avoid pitfalls

Module 12 - Schedules of reinforcement - What to reinforce and when. Choosing the correct schedule of reinforcement

Module 13 - Introduction to Solving Problems Planning your approach, individual learning styles and foals.

Module 14 Pitfalls of positive reinforcement More about Positive Reinforcement it's Application, Use and the Pitfalls to Avoid.

Module 15 From Domestication to start buttons and leadership. What is new and how to think about new ideas

Module 16 - Ethics - What is ethical? How to choose your own ethical approach and pick an ethical trainer

Frequently Asked Questions:

1.  I have only just joined do I have to catch up with all the content?

No, you can start where you want and do what appeals to you, fill in the gaps as you go and there is no pressure to have completed everything.


2.  I have a behaviour issue with my equine can we work on that?

YES - All the elements of this community combine to support each other.  While we might be exploring monthly topics on applying the science of behaviour, which will all help with behaviour issues, the discussion group, Facebook group and live sessions will also support you if you are currently having a problem that you need help with.

3.  I don’t have a behaviour issue with my equine is it worth me joining?

YES - This community is about learning to apply the concept of 'behaviour in everything', environment, enrichment, feeding, farrier, riding and tack. You don’t have to have a behaviour issue with your equine to benefit from being a member.  You don’t even have to have your own equine.  If you have or want an Equine Centred approach and want to find like-minded people to interact with and learn alongside, you will find all this too.

4.  I have been working with equines for a while and feel happy with my current equine relationships is it worth me joining? 

YES - If you are more experienced with behaviour and have been on a path to a more Equine Centred relationship for a while the community will help you to explore more complicated questions and challenges that you may face as you develop your authentic voice to help others.

5.  I have already attended a course with you and have read your literature so will I learn anything new?

YES - If you mean will there be any new content, then yes there will. I will be covering the topics in much more detail than before. The questions created by the community are available for everyone to view and learn from each other experiences.   Some of the content was filmed at a one-off clinic.  The live sessions are always unique and questions from others create unparalleled learning opportunities.  In addition, there will be opportunities to learn from some other experienced equine experts who will join us, as special guests, to impart their vast knowledge of equine dentistry, saddle fitting, behaviour, hoof care and communication to name but a few.

6.  I don't live in the UK can I still join?

YES - the beauty of using technology in this way is that wherever you are in the world if you have access to a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone then you can enjoy all the benefits of the community.  If the timing of the live sessions is inconvenient, due to differing time zones, don't worry as they are recorded so you won't miss a thing and you can still ask all your questions for the Q & A sessions.


The first month is absolutely FREE to give you the opportunity to find out how it all works. You can help shape the community by feeding back to me what you like, what you want more of, or even what’s missing?  You can be part of creating something for everyone to benefit from humans and equines alike.

Sign up NOW and experience your first month for FREE as we prepare to start our journey together.

Best Wishes

Ben Hart

​IAABC Certified Horse Behaviour Consultant, ABTC Registered Accredited Animal Behaviourist

Ben Hart

Ben Hart hates injustice and wasted potential, and he has more than 20 years of experience helping people understand the true nature of equines by using the honesty of the science of behaviour to help both animals and their people unlock their true potential. He firmly believes working with equines doesn't have to be complicated, dangerous or stressful and by helping people to understand the true and amazing behaviour of equines, he wants them to better understand each other to make life better for horses, donkeys and Mules. Ben removes the myths and dependence on dominance and forceful training methods and focuses on positive, safe effective solutions that centre on both the animal and the human. Ben's delivery of training is unique, ensuring an outstanding experience that is enjoyable and life-changing. Ben is also the author of several books on equine behaviour and clicker training, as well as the creator of online courses and a unique series of individual equine training plans. He has worked with horses, mules, donkeys and people all over the world: from mustangs and race horses in California, stock horses in Australia, pleasure horses in Canada and Europe, and working equines in Cambodia and Ethiopia, Egypt, Mexico, Kenya.

Monthly content so far

  • 1

    Welcome to The Equine Centred Behaviour Community

    • Welcome to your community

    • Things you can do to get started

    • One Page Guide to Finding Everything on the Community

    • Community Page Link - Questions for Ben

    • Lesson Discussions Buttons

    • Facebook Group Information

    • How to use Zoom for our Live Coaching Sessions

    • What can you expect in a typical month

    • Course Content and Multi-level Learning

    • Summary of the Four Agreements

    • Free Course Content

    • Recording of the 1st community live session

    • Leaving the Membership

  • 2

    Key principles and concepts for our community

    • Making it Individual, its Your Plan After All

    • How To Trust Your Self

    • Trusting Their True Nature

    • Audio lesson - Hard to Catch question from Rhonda on the discussion pages

  • 3

    Module 1 - True nature of equines

    • Welcome to the First Month, The True Nature of Equines

    • First Exercise

    • Why Just Six Steps Course Introduction

    • First Two Questions Exercise

    • Class Questions

    • How do these 6 Keys Show Up in Our Equine relationships?

    • Pain

    • Perception and Framing

    • True Nature Part 1

    • True Nature Part 2

    • True Nature Part 3

    • Trusting Their True Nature

    • End of Module Survey

    • October Live session Recording Learning styles

    • Audio recording of live October session

  • 4

    Module 2 - Understanding equine senses. How to become a more equine centred trainer

    • Content - Senses

    • Introduction to Senses and Month Two Learning

    • How Evolution Determines How Senses Work

    • Eyesight - Donkeys are Different

    • Eyesight Two - Binocular vision

    • Eyesight Three - Visual Streak

    • Eyesight Four - Light and Dark

    • Smell

    • Hearing

    • Touch

    • Taste

    • Conclusion and Activities

    • Introduction to Self Acceptance Face Book Theme

    • Self Acceptance Part One

    • Self Acceptance Part Two

    • Fully Accepting our Equines

    • Accepting Other People

    • Live session Video Recording of Month Two

    • Live Session Recording Audio Only Month Two

  • 5

    Module 3 -The Equine Brain

    • Content - Equine Learning

    • Equine Learning Introduction

    • Worksheet for Month Three - The Equine Brain

    • Intro to the Work Book

    • What is learning

    • Intelligence

    • Intelligence Part Two

    • What is Cognition

    • The Difference between Horses, Donkeys and Mules

    • Types of learning

    • True Nature Effecting Ability and Tests

    • Maze tests

    • Discrimination

    • Long term memory

    • Short term memory

    • Learning to learn

    • Foals and What They Tell US

    • How Many Trials to Learn a New Task

    • Insightful problem solving - Can They DO This?

    • Observational learning - Can They Do This?

    • Summary - So What Have We Learned and How Do we Apply it?

    • Conclusion Brain

    • Eqine Learning Summary Refence Paper

    • Some References if you are interested

    • Live Session Audio Only December 2020

    • Recording of Live Session December 2020

  • 6

    Module 4 - Communication - Operant Conditioning

    • Welcome To - Key Number Two - Communication

    • Exercise - A Vision of your relationship

    • Questions - Learning difficulties, Autism, Kindness

    • Handouts - Punishment, Negative and Positive reinforcement

    • Communication - Punishment

    • Communication - Negative Reinforcement

    • Communication - Positive reinforcement

    • Communication - Practical assessment

    • What else would you like to learn about Reinforcement and Punishment

    • Audio Only Jan Live session Recording

    • Live Session Recording Jan 21

  • 7

    Module 5- More About Communication

    • Introduction to More About Communication

    • Full Content Operant Conditioning

    • Law of Effect

    • Operant Conditioning - Skinner

    • Four Quadrants and Punishment

    • Negative Reinforcement

    • Avoidance - Escape - Exstinction

    • Positive Reinforcement

    • Factors influencing Effectiveness of Reinforcement

    • Stimulus Control

    • Premack Principle

    • Summary and Don't Panic

    • Q & A Shame on me ?

    • Q& A Luring or bribery

    • Q & A Anxiety

    • Q &A itchy donkey not wanting to be touched?

    • Live Session Audio Recording

    • Live session recording

  • 8

    Module 6 - Successive Approximation - the key to great communication

    • Welcome to Successive Approximation

    • Successive Approximation Full Version 55 Minutes

    • Introduction to the elements of shaping

    • Shaping and Generalisation

    • Putting the Elements Together

    • Thinking about Trust Confidence and Problem Solving

    • Practical Shaping Demonstration

    • Shaping catching in Free Resources

    • Shaping Catching in a Mare at Vet School

    • Part 2 Shaping Catching in a Mare at Vet School

    • Live session Recording 18.3.21

    • Live session Audio only recording

  • 9

    Module 7 - Shaping Principles and Plans

    • Welcome to Shaping Principles and Plans

    • Two Elements of Shaping Behaviour

    • Cocoa Leading Lesson - All The Elements of Shaping

    • Why You Really Should Have a Plan

    • Getting Started in the Right Place

    • What is The First Step Going to Be?

    • Practical example of Shaping for Trust

    • It is a Game of Two Halves

    • Going Back to Move Forward

    • The First 5 laws of Shaping

    • The Next 6 Laws

    • But How do I Create the Behaviour to Shape?

    • Explosions in Behaviour

    • The Keys to Shaping Behaviour

    • Working with a Horse in a Equine Teaching Unit

    • Working with a horse equine vet unit treatment part 2

    • Twelve Steps to Creating a Successful Shaping Plan updated.doc

    • Live session Audio Recording 19.4.21

    • livesession 19.4.21

  • 10

    Module 8 - Stretching the Comfort Zones

    • Welcome to the Comfort Zone

    • Stretching the Comfort Zones Full Version - 85 minutes

    • 1 Intro and CT

    • Chewing the Rope and How to Solve Problems

    • Anchovy Cake and Three Rules to Guide us

    • Comfort Zones Planning Ahead of Time

    • Comfort Zones Don't Pop The Balloon

    • If I "Pop" The Comfort zones, can trust be rebuilt

    • Why Your Horse's, donkey's or mule's Opinion is all that matters

    • Comfort Zones Practical Application

    • Comfort Zones Practical Demo

    • Stretching Not Flooding

    • Live Session Audio 20.5.21

    • Live Session video recording 20.5.21

  • 11

    Module 9 - Problem Solving Trust and Confidence -

    • Problem-Solving Trust and Confidence introduction

    • What is Trust

    • True Nature the Foundation of Trust

    • What is Step Number Five

    • Why Use Obstacles?

    • The Importance of Allowing Not Making

    • Making Deposits in the Trust bank

    • Conclusion

    • Live Demo Practical - Step Number 5 Develop Deliberately Trust, Confidence and Problem Solving

    • How To Trust Your Self - From the Anxiety and Confidence Course

    • E-book How to Get More Trust -10 Elements to Understanding Trust

    • Audio Recording of Live Session

    • Live session recording 24.6.21

  • 12

    Module 10 - Enjoying the Journey

    • The Painful Journey

    • Introduction to the Benefits of Grit

    • Grit - The Importance of Excellence not Perfection

    • The Importance of mindset

    • Hearing the Language of a Fixed Mindset

    • Grit - Become Enthusiastic

    • Link to Angela Duckworth Talking about Grit

    • The Most Powerful Word in Horsemanship

    • Thinking about failure

    • Five Steps to Enjoying the Journey

    • Where Does Happiness Come From?

    • I am enough

    • Never Mastering the Journey 😥

    • Expectations Practical work with Nervous Horse

    • Live session date and link with Maria Score Western Saddler

    • 22.7.21 Live session recording

    • Live sission 22.7.21 audio_only

  • 13

    Module 11 - Navigating the Path

    • Welcome to How to Navigate Your Path to Success

    • What's Your Challenge?

    • What do I Mean by Path

    • Joining The Dots Looking Backwards

    • What Are Your Two Things?

    • Blank Relationship Wheel

    • How Full is Your Willpower Tank

    • Why You Really Need to be Able to Delay Gratification

    • Can You Really Change Your Habits?

    • How Do Your Emotions Control Your Behaviour?

    • Where Are You on The Change Cycle?

    • What is Double Think and How Can it Help You Succeed?

    • The Zeigarnik Effect!

    • Why Visualization Doesn't Work

    • How to Create a Perfect Plan

    • What Are You Doing About it? Where Are You Going Next?

    • August Live session Date

    • Lives Session Audio Recording

    • Live session recording

  • 14

    Module 12 - Schedules of Reinforcement

    • What are Schedules of Reinforcement

    • Schedules of Reinforcement full content in audio only format to download

    • How to Start - Continuous Schedule of Reinforcement

    • Knowledge Check CSR

    • Fixed Interval of Reinforcement

    • Variable Interval of Reinforcement

    • Knowledge Check Interval Schedules

    • Fixed Ratio of Reinforcement

    • Variable Ratio of Reinforcement

    • Duration Schedules

    • More on Variable Schedules of Reinforcement

    • Knowledge Check Ratio of reinforcement

    • Persistence and resistance

    • Practical schedules of Reinforcment with Morris

    • Module Summary

    • Live Q & A with the Western Saddler

    • September Live Session - links

    • Full Video(almost)

    • September live session recording

    • Audio recording of the September live session

  • 15

    Module 13 - Introduction to Solving Problems

    • Welcome to This Module, What's Happening, Dates and Themes

    • One Page Guide to The Equine Centred Behaviour Community

    • Welcome to Problem Solving

    • Full Content Video

    • Audio 0nly full Version

    • Heavy on The Feet

    • A Journey Not a Problem

    • Planning an Approach to Problems

    • Recap of 6 Steps to Working With Equine Behaviour

    • Foals

    • Accepting Suffering 😏

    • The Place to Start to Prevent Problems in Equines - Working With Foals

    • Learning Styles Continued Part Two

    • Understanding The Importance of Individual Learning Styles

    • Outtake - ben on love island

  • 16

    Module 14 - Pitfalls of Positive Reinforcement

    • Welcome to this module of the pitfalls of Positive Reinforcement

    • Defining positive reinforcement

    • Three elements of positive reinforcement

    • Dopamine and it's role in positive reinforcement

    • The controlling element of positive reinforcement

    • Food v Scratches as rewards

    • Positive reinforcement isn't .....

    • The importance of withholding the reward

    • Withholding rewards part 2

    • How should we deal with mugging and foraging behaviour?

    • Can we reward emotions?

    • Just because we can should we?

    • Dealing with the overstimulated equine

    • What have we learnt about the pitfalls of positive reinforcement?

    • Using positive reinforcement to solve behaviour issues -It is not about the food

    • Pitfalls of Positive reinforcement Full Audio version

    • Full version video - Pitfalls of positive reinforcement

    • November Live session recording

    • Audio Only - November live session recording

  • 17

    Module 15 -From Domestication to start buttons and leadership

    • Introduction from Domestication to start buttons

    • What's the history of domestication theory?

    • What's new about domestication

    • Leadership

    • Principled Centred Horsemanship

    • Three Styles of Leadership

    • Calming signals

    • Start Buttons

    • Short Audio Part 1

    • Audio Recording only part 2

    • Monthly Live session video recording

  • 18

    Module 16 - Ethics - How do we remain ethical

    • Welcome to the Ethics Module

    • What is Ethics?

    • Trolley Ethics Question

    • What is the Difference Between Ethics v Principles

    • Why is Acting Ethical so Difficultly in The Eyes of Other

    • Do You Have Absolute Morals?

    • What's Not Ethical For Me

    • What are Different Approaches to Ethics

    • The Utilitarian Approach

    • Is The Rights Approach Right For You?

    • The Common Good Approach

    • Do you Use The Virtue Approach to Ethical Questions?

    • The Justice Approach, Seams Fair To Me

    • How Can We Use LIMA When deciding on Approaching to Training Equids

    • Top Tips And Looking For An Ethical Trainer

    • The Fundamental Training Error

    • Full Session Audio Recording

    • Live session Video recording

    • Live session audio recording

    • Recording - Professional session - How and why bodywork can help with Maisie Wake

  • 19

    Module 17 Problem Solving - 12 Exercises of Domestication

    • Introduction to 12 behaviours of domestication

    • Full content 12 Behaviours of Domestication

    • Full content audio version

    • Foundations for domestication

    • Measuring the 12 exercises score sheet

    • Live session link 21st Feb

    • Live session Audio only recording

    • Live session video

  • 20

    MODULE 18 - Six steps to setting boundaries

    • Welcome to module 18 setting boundaries

    • Full version video session

    • Full version audio setting boundaries

    • Consistency and grounding exercise

    • Planning

    • Practise

    • Asking the right question

    • Patience

    • Egg balancing challenge

    • Persistence

    • March live session recording - exploring patience

    • March Live session audio only recording - Patience

  • 21

    Module 19 Practical Application of the 12 Foundations of domesticated Behaviour

    • Welcome to the practical element of

    • Part One - 12 foundations of domesticated behaviour

    • Part Two - 12 Foundations of domesticated behaviour practical

    • Conclusion - 12 Foundations of domesticated behaviour practical

    • Outline of the 12 foundation behaviours of domestication

    • Food for thought

    • Live session recording

    • Live session audio recording

  • 22

    Module 20 Causes of Behaviour Issues

    • Welcome to causes of behaviour issues

    • Audio part 1

    • Knowing when to tackle an issue

    • Blaming the animal

    • Exercise - What changes or influences behaviour ?

    • Exercise - Discussion

    • Beyond their SSDR to find why

    • Classical conditioning and how it might be influencing behaviour

    • Centred Behaviour Community Live May 2022

  • 23

    Module 21 The role of emotions - How to use them to your advantage, in all your training

    • What is in this module on emotions and why is it important?

    • ECBC module 21 role of emotions - Full audio file for download

    • The role of emotions - What's in this module?

    • The emotional mix

    • Spotting the signs of slipping into a negative state

    • Why your horse is prone to negativity bias

    • The value of seeking behaviour and how to do more

    • The importance of play

    • Emotional triggers

    • Emotions exercise - training

    • Emotion and separation distress

    • Exercise - Emotion and separation distress

    • The role of emotions conclusion

    • Balance - 50 Elements of Horsemanship

    • Enrichment ideas to increase seeking behaviour

    • 8pm 20th June live session

    • Live session Audio recording only

    • lives session video 20.6.22

Reviews

5 star rating

Loving the course

Cindy Davis

I have sent a link to the course to a bunch of veterinary students and recently graduated veterinarians. I wish it could be required for all veterinary prof...

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I have sent a link to the course to a bunch of veterinary students and recently graduated veterinarians. I wish it could be required for all veterinary professionals, and students especially. Even if the only thing they walked away from the course with is a greater understanding of equine senses, they would be way ahead of the game. Looking forward to the rest of the course!

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equine learning

Kristine Letson

YES! This was so good to learn from, review, reinforce. Thank you Ben.

YES! This was so good to learn from, review, reinforce. Thank you Ben.

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