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Study Group – Foundation Theory Lessons 1

January 4 - January 31

This is an online Study Group, hosted in the CT Club.
It runs  Jan 4th – 31st 2021.
It is FREE for all CT Club members.

In our study groups, we help you to follow a training schedule to stay focused and make progress with your horse. They are usually 4 weeks long and follow a specific topic or Home Study Course.

Each week you will be directed to training videos, followed by specific exercises to try with your horse. They offer a group learning environment where you can learn alongside other members, helping each other out. Hannah, Rachel and the CT Coaches also offer some guidance and reviews through these Study Groups. 

You can join in as many Study Groups as you like. There are Foundation Study Groups for those just getting started and general Study Groups covering a wide variety of behaviours – just choose and join in the ones you fancy!

Click here to find out more and join the CT Club.


Getting started with Connection Training is the most complex part because you have to understand the principles and then work out the best way to apply it to your horse. The more you know about how horses learn, how CT works and the options you have to adapt the training, the easier it will be to get started smoothly and successfully with your horse. You will learn more about equine emotions and behaviour, and explore your own horse’s expression, history and personality.

This Study Group will run Jan 4 – 31st 2021. 

It covers:

Week 1 
This week is all about getting to know the underlying concepts behind Connection Training – our approach, principles and, most importantly, why we focus on the emotions of our horses. You’ll learn more about science of emotions, how emotions drive behaviour and why training from this emotional learning perspective is both effective and ethical.

Week 2
Taking the concepts from week 1, we’re now looking at how that applies in real life, and in particular, how it applies to your horse and situation. This is the start of understanding how to tailer positive reinforcement to your horse to set up for success right from the start, avoiding confusion or frustration when you begin training this way.

Week 3
From here, we’re diving into some training principles that will further help to you understand how to train your horse easily with positive reinforcement, and there’s a practical exercise here to observe your horse and learn more about behavioural signs, communication and your horse’s tendencies and personality.

Week 4
In this final week, we’ll look at some more training techniques you can use with your horse to build relaxation, connection and safety in right from the start of your training. You’ll also make a plan for the best way to start with your horse.

You will now have a deeper understanding of Connection Training and how you can successfully use with your horse, so that it’s smooth, calm and positive right from the start.

To take part in this Study Group, click here to find out more and join the CT Club

(already a member? Just click here).


January 4
January 31
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