Trailer loading workshop NI

It’s been a while since I last ran a workshop, what with the whole global pandemic etc! So I thought it was about time we got going again. I’m delighted to say that on Saturday 24th September 2022 I’ll be running a trailer loading workshop in Bryansford, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. The good news is we have a couple of horses at the venue to demo with, so no need to travel your problem loader/ problem traveller! You get to attend without the stress of bringing your horse, but you will learn all about common causes of loading and traveling problems and some of the most ethical yet also effective ways of addressing these issues. All attendees will be given access to an online resource with videos and handouts, available for six months after the course, as well as the opportunity to sign up for a reduced cost behavioural assessment and tailored training support from Dr Helen Spence, Clinical Equine Behaviourist (www.spencehorsesense.com).

There will be two sessions on the day, one in the morning running from 10am to 1pm and one in the afternoon from 2pm to 5pm. In the morning session we will cover the theory of loading problems along with common strategies for dealing with them and the pros and cons of each. We will also look at making an assessment of the individual horse and make a start on some practical training sessions with our demo equines. In the afternoon session we will continue with the practical training demos and then conclude with question and answer session.

You can sign up for either one or for both sessions and you will have access to the online course with the video footage from both sessions. Cost for one session is £25, cost for both together is £35. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. In order to book your spot, please contact me by call, text or WhatsApp message on 07773 157428 or by email to spencehorsesense@gmail.com

Deadline for booking is Wednesday 21st September.

Book tickets here https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/trailer-loading-1123699?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=creatorshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=odclsxcollection&utm-source=cp&aff=escb

Are you interested in this but can’t make the workshop? Perhaps you’d like to host one of these at your home or yard? Or maybe you’d like to sign up for an online course? If so just give me a shout and we can make a plan!

Contact me by call, text or WhatsApp to 07773 157428 or email spencehorsesense@gmail.com

I can’t wait to hear from you!

Helen xo

Online courses available at http://www.helenspence.podia.com

CPD opportunity for equestrians: The APBC Virtual Equine Conference and more!

It’s been an unusual year hasn’t it. I don’t know about you, but I’ve learned all kinds of new skills: coaching via zoom, how to set up online courses…..

One of the bizarrely unexpected benefits that the pandemic has brought has been the proliferation of webinars, online conferences and so on. I don’t know about you, but I do find it handy being able to keep up my CPD (continuing professional development) requirements from the comfort of my home, through my laptop or phone. I particularly like it when the recordings are available online for a period of time after the event! I don’t miss the traveling, flights, car hire, having to organise horse care while I’m away and so on. But I do miss the opportunity to meet up with my colleagues in the flesh, to chat over coffee or lunch, or pre-conference dinners. But technology has come to the rescue there too! I don’t do Facebook, as you know, but I’ve found whatsapp groups great for keeping in touch with colleagues.

I was delighted when the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, of which I’m a Full member, invited me to speak at their virtual Equine Conference. I get to talk about a subject that is very close to my heart, the lessons that the field of Psychology can share with equestrian coaches, particularly in respect to learning theory, motivation and emotion.

Of course I’m not the only speaker! We have an excellent line-up. Anna Haines, regular magazine contributor, is speaking on the role of the behaviourist in the field of welfare. Loni Loftus will be presenting on her latest academic research looking at how we can measure positive aspects of equine welfare. And Roxane Kirton, RSPCA Senior Equine Clinician will be talking about pain and behaviour.

Each speaker will be available for a Q and A session after their presentation. And of course attendance at the conference is worth valuable CPD points for members of ABTC, IAABC and BHS APC’s.

The booking details can be found at https://www.apbc.org.uk/Events/virtual-equine-conference/

Act quickly though, book today: the conference takes place tomorrow!

Don’t worry if you’re going to be busy tomorrow, you will have access to the recordings for thirty days afterwards, to watch at your leisure.

There’s an extra bonus for those of you interested in further online education opportunities. I am awarding conference delegates with a coupon for 50% off my online courses, including my newest ‘Bitesize’ course on learning and emotions/ motivation due to launch on 21st December but available for enrollment from now. That’s a discount well worth the cost of the conference ticket!!

Thank you!

Helen

http://www.spencehorsesense.com

http://www.helenspence.podia.com