1-Day Online Seminar for Professional Equestrians
with Dr Andrew Hemmings

09.30 - 16.00 (GMT) Saturday 19th February 2022



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Understanding the mechanisms underpinning behaviour, learning and brain function can better awareness of how factors can affect performance. This allows further optimisation of training, handling and therapy techniques and the opportunity to improve the husbandry of the horse.

Andrew is a world authority on the equine brain and how that organ impacts on behaviour and training. As a popular presenter at our previous annual conferences, we are delighted Andrew has agreed to present this interesting and unmissable seminar. Covering the anatomy of the brain, how it works and how this knowledge can be applied to handling, training, welfare and management, the course, which also includes a useful insight into stereotypical behaviours and an online brain dissection is a must for therapists, trainers, students and indeed all equine professionals.

Who is this course for?

This course is for professionals and students within the equine industry. Whether you are a vet, behaviourist, trainer, coach, rider, therapist, hoof care or saddlery professional this is a great course for you.

This online day course will cover:-

  • How the brain works,

  • Anatomy of key brain areas related to training, therapy and management,

  • Positive and negative reinforcement equitation training methods,

  • How the brain orchestrates learning processes,

  • How to assess brain function and learning ability,

  • Improving the brain’s ability to learn,

  • Motivaton, pleasure and dopamine release,

  • Habit formation and behaviour,

  • Training responses and over training,

  • Stereotypical behaviours,

  • Dissection of the brain.


Morning Session

09.30:  Course Opens

09.55:  Welcome from Gillian


10.00:   Introduction


10.15:     Anatomy of the Brain


Training the Brain - related to riding, training, behaviour therapy and management

11.15:     Question and Answer Session

11.30:    BREAK

12.00:    Dissection of the Brain

Dissection of the Brain - related to training, therapy and management

Afternoon Session

13.00:    Question and Answer Session

13.15:     Lunch Break

14.30:    Training the Brain


Behavioural and cognitive indicators of brain activity and how these can be applied by trainers and horse keepers

15.30:     Question and Answer Session


16.00:     Close

Provisional Timetable


Course Leader

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Dr Andrew Hemmings

Dr Andrew Hemmings is a Principal Lecturer in Equine Science and the head of department (Equine Management and Science) at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester.


Andrew is passionate about making neuroscience available to horse owners in such a way that the training, welfare and management of our horses is optimized.


His main research focus over the past decade has been the development of behavioural and cognitive tests that can be applied by anyone in a range of everyday training scenarios.

How it Works

This online event will be hosted via zoom.


On Thursday 17th February you will receive an email inviting you to register with zoom for the event - just follow the instructions!

Handouts which are included will also be emailed on 17th February.

We will open the webinar at 9.30am to give you plenty of time to log in and join the chat before the lectures start at 9.55am.

Attendees will receive online access to the recording for 14 days after the event.

Certificates or participation will be emailed out after the event.


Course Price


Andrew has presented at a number of our annual conferences over the years and he always delivers a fascinating lecture full of useful informations and usable techniques as well as his latest sceintific research with enthusiasm and an enthrauling and dynamic style.

Here is a blog article from a delegate on his presentation at our 2020 annual conference:


An interview with Dr Andrew Hemmings