Evening Talks

Evening Talk: An Introduction to Equine Calming Signals & Scentwork with Rachaël Draaisma

Friday 23 February at 7pm
At Tilefield Equestrian, Brockenhurst, New Forest 

This evening talk will introduce you to Rachael Draaisma’s extensive research about equine Calming signals and Scentwork. Calming signals are behaviours used by horses to avoid conflict within the herd and to maintain social relationships.  By learning about these subtle signals you will be better able to understand your horse and his responses to you, other horses and to stressors within the environment. Rachaël has also developed an extensive method of scent tracking with horses. She teaches horses to follow a footstep track, so they can find lost persons, or foodbags.  Scentwork has enormous advantages for horses and their behaviour, their brain and body, it is also enriching for humans and can be seen as a new tool in enriching the human equine relationship. 

Rachaël Draaisma lives in the Netherlands and is an internationally renowned behaviour specialist and expert in reading horses’ body language. She has undertaken extensive research into calming signals and how these signals alter in relation to stress.  She is the author of 2 books and teaches internationally giving lectures and workshops about equine calming signals, mental stimulation and scentwork. 

Join us for this unique opportunity to learn more about Rachael’s work and how it can benefit you and your horse.  Rachael is also running 3 day courses at Tilefield Equestrian on 24/25 and 26 February, these days will be covering calming signals and scentwork in much more detail than the evening talk so it is possible to attend both.  

Lecture & Demo: Equine Calming Signals with Rachaël Draaisma

Saturday 24 February from 9.30pm to 5pm
At Tilefield Equestrian, Brockenhurst, New Forest 

This day course will give you detailed insight into Rachael Draaisma’s extensive research into equine calming signals. Calming signals are behaviours used by horses when they want to avoid conflict and maintain social relationships. By learning about these subtle signals you will better understand your horse as well as his responses to you, other horses and to stressors within the environment. Rachael’s research looks at responses to stress in detail and by the end of the course you will understand how calming signals are affected by stress and tension.

This course will be of benefit to anyone who is interested in learning more about equine behaviour and to owners of horses who have behavioural challenges, who are shut down, who are struggling to integrate into a herd or not responding to traditional training practices. 
At the end of this day you will know:
• What are calming signals are
• What they look like and when we see them
• How to read subtle signals to assess stress and tension
• How calming signals relate to displacement behaviours
You will also learn about research relating to calming signals and will see many examples of calming signals both on film and during live demos with horses to make sure you get a varied and broad spectrum of horses reacting to different stimuli. 

Lecture & Demo: Addressing behavioural challenges with calming signals & scentwork with Rachaël Draaisma

Sunday 25 February from 9.30pm to 5pm
At Tilefield Equestrian, Brockenhurst, New Forest 

During this day course Rachael Draaisma will show you how you can use both disciplines of mental stimulation and Scentwork in your life and work with horses. Most horse owners are familiar with the general idea of mental stimulation but this course will take a detailed look at how mental stimulation can be used as a tool in training and how it affects the brain and behaviour. 

Rachaël has also developed an extensive method of scent tracking with horses. She teaches horses to follow a footstep track, so they can find lost persons, or foodbags. Scentwork has enormous advantages for horses and their behaviour, their brain and body, it is also enriching for humans and can be seen as a new tool in enriching the human equine relationship.
“Some advantages of the use of mental stimulation and scentwork for horses are a reduction in stress, less spooky reactions, a feeling of wellbeing and pleasure, a better socialisation, better use of the body.” Rachaël Draaisma. 

During the day you will understand the theory and see many photos, films and live demonstrations so that you will have enough information to use both these tools to help your own horses once you get home. This day is a follow-up from the day course Calming Signals of Horses’. 

Content of the day:
Part 1: Mental stimulation
• What is mental stimulation
• What effect does it have on the development of the horse, his behaviour and brain
• How to use mental stimulation as a primary tool when (re)socialising and training horses
• How to use mental stimulation when solving behavioural issues. 

Part 2: Scentwork with horses
• Why is scentwork so beneficial for horses?
• From scent molecule to brain signal, what happens when you scent?
• Advantages from scentwork on the behaviour and wellbeing of horses
• The advantages of scentwork on the development of the horses’ body
• How to get started? What do you need
• How to lay a track

This lecture is full of pictures and films and live demonstrations to make sure you get a varied and broad spectrum of domesticated horses who are taught to do scent tracking or are offered mental stimulation. 

Lecture & Demo: Equine Hindgut and Metabolic Issues: A Personal Journey with Lorraine Dearnley

Thursday 7 March at 7pm until 9pm approx
A face-to-face talk at Tilefield Equestrian, Brockenhurst, New Forest, UK

Do you have a horse who has ulcers or is prone to laminitis, has a chronic cough, skin issues or has been described as ‘metabolic’? Do you struggle with your ‘good do-er or ‘poor do-er’, do you observe seasonal changes in performance or just feel that something isn’t quite right? If you can say yes to any of these questions then this talk is for you.
Lorraine Dearnley is a qualified Masterson Method Practitioner who is also training with Dr Christina Fritz as an equine metabolic therapist. Lorraine now runs an equine nutrition business and consultancy and she has spent the last couple of years really unpicking the subject of nutrition for horses. This evening talk is all about sharing her personal experience with you and how she went about resolving reoccurring ulcers, managing a horse with PSSM and coping with a variety of metabolic issues, even if they weren’t externally obvious.
This talk will start in 2021 when Lorraine first met Christina and follow the journey so far with her four horses and ponies. It will cover how their management and feeding has changed, how their metabolic issues have been uncovered and their progress so far. You will be able to understand the process involved and see the changes, both internal and external, that have been made. It will give you some insight as to ways you can help your horse and what symptoms to look for that may indicate hindgut/metabolic issues.

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Evening Talk: An Introduction to Building Exercise Programmes for Your Horse with Yasmin Stuart

On Friday 22 March at Tilefield Equestrian, Brockenhurst, New ForestAs the weather begins to brighten up and the evenings get lighter, many of us will be looking to do more with our horses.

Exercise Programming is a huge part of horsemanship that is often misunderstood and overlooked. Whether it forms part of competitive goals, fitness or rehabilitation, or simply enjoying your horse from a training and hacking perspective, we all create an exercise plan of some description for the horses in our life.

Understanding all the factors involved with Exercise Programming are essential to safeguard your horse’s longstanding physical health, with successful planning potentially being the difference between performance enhancement or performance regression.

In this evening talk, we will discuss need to know elements within Exercise Programming to help you to build plans which support your horse’s overall health and wellbeing.

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Transform Your Horse's Movement: Gait assessment and Exercise Programming: A 2 Day Workshop with Yasmin Stuart

On Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March at Tilefield Equestrian, Brockenhurst, New Forest

At Tilefield Equestrian, Brockenhurst, New Forest, UK (face to face) From 10am to 4pm

Most owners are aware that bodywork can be beneficial for their horses but however good that bodywork is, the benefit will only be temporary if the horse’s posture and way of moving is poor.

Healthy horse movement is reliant on the choice of a suitable and progressive exercise regime. This needs to be founded on healthy, or progressively healthier, biomechanics. Very often people find it difficult to choose appropriate exercises or they are not quite sure what to look for and have questions about what, how, when, how many and for how long.

We will be observing biomechanics on live horses at a walk, trot and canter so that all participants can put theory into practice and train their eyes and know what to look for.

We will then be selecting different exercises such as different polework patterns to help to enhance movement patterns and promote muscular range of motion and strength.

This 2 day workshop is ideal for owners, bodywork professionals, saddle fitters and coaches who have an interest in enhancing their eye for posture and biomechanics. This course is suitable for who is rehabbing a horse or aiming to promote the most healthy movement possible in their horse.

Day 1 Movement Assessment:
Your horse’s movement is a huge indicator of their musculoskeletal health and being able to accurately assess their movement can help you to catch biomechanic deficits before they manifest as injuries.

You will be guided through how to assess a horse at walk and trot in straight lines and walk, trot and canter on the lunge. We will then be discussing each horse’s individual gait pattern to understand which areas of their movement should be supported to improve the range of motion, balance and strength.

Day 2 Exercise Programming:
Polework and other exercises are widely used by horse owners and professionals alike. But it’s not just about putting your horse through an exercise and hoping for the best – it’s the correct application that guarantees success.

You will be guided through the biomechanical prerequisites for various exercises and then be shown how to introduce each exercise safely, within your horse’s physical and emotional capacity.

You will further train your eye to their biomechanics and the subtle indicators that they may be finding an exercise hard, or fatiguing.

You will also learn the training steps for exercise progression which can be applied to any training situation.

This course aims to empower horse owners and professionals alike to make choices which support and enhance horse wellbeing which snowballs to support their performance too.

This 2 day course follows on from Yasmin’s previous 2 day workshop, though attendance of the previous course is not a prerequisite for this one. Questions are welcome throughout the day to support your understanding of the subject area, as well as two online courses which you may wish to sign up to to support your learning. Cost £150

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Evening Talk: Acupuncture for Horses with Hannah Blackburn MA VetMB certAVP (EP) MRCVS

On Wednesday 17 April at 7pm A face-to-face talk at Tilefield Equestrian, Brockenhurst, New Forest, UK
Hannah Blackburn MA VetMB certAVP (EP) MRCVS is an experienced vet based in the New Forest who specialises in acupuncture.
Have you ever wondered what acupuncture is all about and if it can help your horse? This evening will include a talk about the science behind acupuncture and how it can benefit our horses in many different scenarios. It will include some case studies and the audience are encouraged to discuss their own experiences too. This will be followed by a demonstration of an acupuncture treatment.
She is an experienced vet who has worked locally for the last decade and is a certificate holder in Equine practice. Over the last few years, she has been successfully using acupuncture to treat a variety of conditions including chronic pain, poor performance, arthritis, musculoskeletal disorders, gastrointestinal issues, respiratory problems and behavioural concerns.
Acupuncture is a time-honoured practice originating from traditional Chinese medicine, and its benefits have been recognized for thousands of years. By stimulating specific points on your animal’s body through the gentle insertion of thin needles, we can activate their natural healing processes and restore balance within their body.
Cost £15

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Evening Talk: SURE FOOT Pads and how they can help your horse with Wendy Murdoch

On Friday 3 May 7pm A face-to-face talk at Tilefield Equestrian, Brockenhurst, New Forest, UK
During this evening talk Wendy Murdoch will be explaining:
– What SURE FOOT pads are and how they can help any horse.
– How to safely offer SURE FOOT to horses
– How to observe horses while on the pads for postural and other changes

Imagine your horse becoming his own teacher and finding inner harmony. The SURE FOOT Program® gives you the tools to offer your horse this profoundly meaningful experience of self-learning. SURE FOOT is a unique and innovative Program, which uses the SURE FOOT Equine Stability Pads. It’s easy to learn. If you can safely pick up a hoof you can do SURE FOOT. You can give your horse the chance to change his posture, behavior, and movement while improving his balance, confidence, and performance in just a few minutes. More importantly, SURE FOOT will show you that, when given a voice, your horse will become engaged, present, and ready to work.

Wendy Murdoch is an internationally recognized equestrian instructor and clinician for over 30 years, author of several books and DVDs, and creator of the SURE FOOT Equine Stability Program® and Ride Like A Natural®. Wendy’s desire to understand the function of both horse and human, her curiosity, and her love of teaching capitalize on the most current learning theories. In this way, she is able to help both the horse and the rider.

You can find out more about SURE FOOT here https://murdochmethod.com/sure-foot-equine-stability…/
Cost £20

Bookings at https://www.tilefieldequestrian.com/bookings