The Connection Training Club

Discover how to positively train your horse using our step-by-step science-backed techniques that easily build your knowledge, skills, and confidence (while keeping your horse more calm, relaxed, and connected).

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Are you ready to positively train your horse with confidence?

You’ve probably been training your horse using various techniques, but yet are looking for something more positive and science-backed that actually works.

You might be dealing with a horse that is unmotivated or disinterested, gets overstimulated or fearful, or maybe you’re simply looking to build your horse’s strength, suppleness and self-carriage through positively trained groundwork and riding.

You might have felt alone in the process, thinking the only way to train is by hiring an in-person trainer – but unable to find the right one for you or living in an area without many options.

We’re here to tell you, there’s a better way.

There is a lot of theory out there, especially when it comes to using science-based techniques for horse training. Theory is really useful, but trying to use it when you’re actually with your horse can you leave you feeling like, “Yeah, but what do I actually do?”

We’re here to show you. We teach the theory so you can understand why your horse is behaving as he is and why various training approaches work, but Connection Training is a practical approach.

We can teach you the steps to train each behaviour and how to adapt the training to suit your horse, whether he’s too excited, unmotivated, anxious or confused. Our videos show all the steps and variations (including the messy bits) so that you gain a wide understanding of the principles of the training, while learning  specific steps for each exercise.

We want you to feel knowledgable and empowered when working your horse, so you know how to react to any situation or training challenge that arises.

Do you want a safe space to be able to share your training journey and get help from experts when you need it?

Horse training and riding is complex. The journey is often made harder by so much conflicting advice and strong opinions in the horse world. In the CT Club, our policy of supporting you as much as your horse creates a safe space to learn.

Ask questions (we love them all, from the simple to the challenging), follow threads on the forum, get regular training tips and reach out for one to one coaching from experts in CT.

We welcome members from all walks of horsey life and we invite you to join CT, whether you’re just beginning to add in some +R to your training or have been doing it a while and are looking for ideas, inspiration and practical solutions for riding, jumping and groundwork.

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Introducing The CT Club

The CT Club is an online membership site, giving you access to world-class coaches. You can join from anywhere in the world and access hundreds of  reward-based step-by-step horse training videos in our Home Study Courses. These are organised into programmes to get you started, solve handling problems like leading or feet issues right up to training freejumping and riding. We also provide regular extra content to our Members on training techniques and practical sessions.

The CT Club is also a wonderful community. It is a diverse, friendly and supportive place to learn where you can meet other members, enter our monthly training challenges, join in our live Q&A’s and access the forum. One to one online coaching is also available to members.

The CT Club is the core of Connection Training and you’re invited to join us there!

Read on to find out more about what you get as a Member of the CT Club
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What's in the CT Club?

Home Study Courses

We have hundreds of step-by-step training tutorials on everything from getting started, despooking and problem-solving to advanced groundwork and riding exercises. 
Find out more about our Home Study Courses

Live Q&A’s

We hold regular live online Q&A sessions where you can join from anywhere in the world and chat to us directly to answer your questions. This is a great chance to chat to us and get opinions and suggestions for you and your horse.

Study Groups

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.

They are each 4 weeks long and free to all CT Club members. Find out more here.

Q&A Recordings

You can download all recordings from all previous Q&A’s. Perfect to listen to when driving or mucking out, you’ll learn loads on how to apply the training in different ways in a wide range of situations. The topics covered are clearly listed so you can find ones relevant to your horse.

Exclusive Members Forum

We have a lively private forum for members only. In keeping with our ethos, this forum is a very supportive and friendly place to ask advice. Hannah, Rachel and the CT Coaches also answer questions on the forum regularly.

Inside Track Blog

On top of all the material in our Home Study Courses, we publish regular blogs for our Members only. These cover extra training videos, theory topics, interviews and behind-the-scenes info from all 3 of us.

Training Journal

As a member, you get your own Training Journal on your profile where you can log your training sessions. You can track your progress, get support and share successes through your Training Journal.

Personal Online Coaching

Pay-as-you-go online video and Skype Coaching is available to our members with Hannah, Rachel or one of our top-level Coaches. Online coaching is a highly effective way to get direct support from an expert to take your training to the next level.

Connect with Members

You can find and connect with other CT Members, through following their Training Journal and discussions. You can private message members and search by location (it is optional to be added to our Members Map). Many of our members have made great friends and training buddies through CT. 

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Get Instant Access to these Home Study Courses

Our Home Study Courses are the centre of the Connection Training Club. 

These are online video Courses you can watch and follow from the comfort of your own home. We have hundreds of video organised into our Courses, so you can follow the programmes, or jump straight to the lessons you need. They are highly practical with video footage of real horses and people learning these lessons so you get to see what it looks like in real-life, not just the highlights!

Since each horse is different and training often doesn’t go to plan, we feel it’s really important to show the wobbles, the plateaus and the curveballs. This is real-life and, although we try our best to keep everything relaxed, engaged and progressing smoothly, there will inevitably be times when your horse gets confused, anxious, excitable or disinterested. Sometimes this comes from the training; we all make wrong calls occasionally, so this is nothing to worry about and we teach you how to stay calm, regroup and move on positively. Often, your horse’s tricky days are caused by outside influences such as hormones, the weather, change in management or just the mood he’s in that day. Again, we show you how to get the most out of each day and training session with your horse. You’ll develop a range of skills and tools to help your horse relax and focus no matter what and you’ll have more and more wonderful sessions as you connect and enjoy your time together. We also show you how to train each exercise in different ways so you can find the best way for your horse.

We split the lessons into bitesize videos of 10-20 minutes each. They’re perfect for watching on a tea break or just before you go out to the barn to work with your horse. Your progress through each Course is tracked so you can pick up where you left off when you’re ready for the next lesson. You can also jump to any lesson in any Course at your leisure, so if there’s a specific exercise or query you have, you can find the answers right away.

Online horse training course – 28 Video Lessons | 05:24:38 This Course begins with teaching you more about how horses learn, why emotions are the root of all behaviour and why and how CT works. We show you how to introduce CT to your horse through basic exercises such as standing and leading quietly, targeting and ‘stay’. You’ll learn that different horses need different approaches and how to tailor the training for your horse to find that emotional balance of relaxation and motivation. You’ll also learn how fast to progress and how to fade out the clicker and rewards. This Course gives you the Foundation to be able to train all other behaviours.

79 Video Lessons | 21:10:15
This Course teaches you how to improve your horse’s strength, suppleness and body awareness. Lateral exercises such as leg yield, shoulder-in and half-pass are taught in-hand. While working on a circle, you will learn how to teach your horse to bend and engage, moving towards collection. Using obstacles, such as poles, cones and pedestals, you will improve your horse’s proprioception and body awareness.

The exercises are taught positively (of course!), and are simple and progressive, beginning with basics such as walk and halt and progressing from there. They are broken down into simple steps; even if you’ve never done these exercises before, you will be able to follow along with your horse.

Online horse training course – 55 Video Lessons | 12:54:09 Riding with Connection combines healthy movement in horse and rider with the joy, softness and relaxation inherent in CT. This Course uses exercises to improve your horse’s strength and suppleness, along with boosting his relaxation, responsiveness and joy in being ridden. You’ll learn how to teach lateral movements, such as leg yield and shoulder-in, how to improve transitions and our whole canter module shows you how to train a calm, balanced canter on the ground and then into the saddle – perfect to build your canter confidence. You’ll also learn the benefits of different schooling exercises and lateral movements, along with how to ride them and how to teach them from the very beginning.
Online horse training course – 20 Video Lessons | 05:38:48 Movement is important for your horse’s physical health and this Course is all about getting your horse moving! We cover how to teach your horse to lunge, as well as how to re-train it so he loves it if he has negative emotions associated with it. Long-reining is a great pre-cursor for riding as it teaches your horse rein and voice cues and how to go in front. A-B Freejumping is a fantastic exercise to build body awareness, strength and fitness in your horse. As always, we show you the very first steps in teaching all of these techniques and how to make it clear and fun for your horse. From here, we build up to more advanced exercises to give you inspiration as you progress.
Online horse training course – 45 Video Lessons | 08:25:34 This course teaches you how to de-spook your horse step by step. You will learn how to get your horse calm, confident and curious on the ground and in the saddle, in the arena and out at shows and on the trail. Our despooking training is gentle, progressive and fun. Watch as your horse builds confidence and curiosity and becomes more tuned into you as you work through the exercises. We want to give you and your horse the confidence and connection to be able to calmly confront any situation you encounter.

Online horse training course – 35 Video Lessons | 08:00:07

Starting your horse under saddle slowly, at home with people he knows and trusts gives him the best introduction to being ridden. Often, this process is seen as difficult or dangerous as young horses as put way over-threshold during this process.

At CT, we do things a little differently. This Course shows you exactly how to begin introducing tack to your horse. You will then learn how to teach him to walk, halt and back up from your rein and voice cues before you get on.

From here, you’ll build solid relaxation at the mounting block and then spend lots of time in halt, ensuring your horse is relaxed and connected to you on his back. We show you how to take your first steps to a target and build to being able to walk, halt, turn and back up calmly and easily.

42 Video Lessons | 11:41:36 3 Audio Lessons | 01:26:43 Although the lesson varies depending on the horse and the situation, the techniques and principles underlying Connection Training are consistent. This Course takes theory and techniques that can be adapted to many situations and puts them all in one place. Through studying this Course, you will gain a deeper understanding of how Connection Training works and will fill your toolbox to take these skills and knowledge to all training scenarios.

Online horse training course – 27 Video Lessons | 06:06:38

Loading problems are common. In this Course you will first learn why that is as Rachel explains the ethology and neuroscience in relation to teaching horses to load. Then you will learn practical ways to help your horse feel relaxed and confident in and around the trailer until he’s walking in happily.

Most loading training stops there. However, teaching your horse to be relaxed while being closed in and when travelling is vital to ensure a long-term happy loader. Our Course shows you these steps, following 2 case studies of horses who panic when shut in the horsebox.

Finally, we show you how to begin your first short journeys, teach your horse to be calm and connected when you unload somewhere new and how to teach him to be comfortable loading to come again.

Online horse training course – 40 Video Lessons | 08:15:22 Handling your horse each day should be relaxing and easy for both of you. Sadly, many horses and owners struggle with things like catching and haltering, farrier visits, leading nicely, standing tied and more. In this Course, we show you how to teach your horse to be relaxed and willing for you to give him his daily care. These lessons are shown with horses who are brand new to learning these exercises, as well as horses who have shown difficult behaviour, such as kicking, barging and running away.

Online horse training course – 36 Video Lessons | 07:01:53

Being able to care for you horse when he needs healthcare is important for his well-being. Many healthcare procedures such as injections, worming and wound care are naturally unpleasant or even painful. However, using CT, you can teach your horse how to be able to calmly co-operate even when the situation is difficult, through teaching a strong positive history with the procedure.

This Course covers procedures such as injection training, wound care, giving paste, hosing your horse and more.

12 Video Lessons | 04:46:10 PLUS over 4.5 hours of extra footage from the lessons and demonstrations! This course gives you access to all the lectures from our Riding with Connection Conference 2016. Covering everything from problem-solving and building confidence in both you and your horse to teaching healthy and beautiful movement and improving performance, you’ll get loads of tips and ideas on how to make your riding more rewarding for both of you.

Study Groups

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 (though they do not offer 1-1 coaching, so we won’t be able to give everyone individual feedback every week). 

They are free for all members and you can join in as many as you like.

2021 Foundation Study Groups

These are designed to split the Foundation course into 4 smaller sections and offer you support as you get started, or take a refresher, with the Connection Training principles. 

The course of 4 Study Groups will be repeated throughout the year.

Foundation Theory 1

Jan 4 - 31st

Mar 29th - Apr 25th

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.

With Rachel Bedingfield

Foundation Practical 1

Feb 1 - 28th

May 3 - 30th

Designed to follow on from Theory 1, this is where you get to dive in with Connection Training with your horse. You’ll be guided through starting clicker training with your horse, the CT way, teaching behaviours like ‘stay’, ‘walk together’ and ‘targeting’. The Study Group will help you set up your sessions and use techniques that will work best for your horse so that you get off to the best start together.
 
It covers:
Week 1
To get started, we’re going to look at how Hannah set up the first training session with the 3 Foundation Case Study Horses. We’ll also look at the first CT behaviour – Standing Together. Standing with you calm, politely and willingly is the first thing we teach at CT and is a great way to introduce the concepts to your horse, while establishing a really useful behaviour as we all need our horses to stand happily with us, whether in daily handling or training. Starting with this behaviour also further establishes relaxation and calmness as we begin to train with rewards.
 
Week 2
The next behaviour we’ll teach is Walk Together. This begins liberty work as you ask your horse to stand still, or come with you when you ask. It also is a great exercise for refining leading and connection with your horse.
 
Week 3
The behaviour this week is ‘Stay’. This is another really useful behaviour to teach horses as it builds on standing still, but this time enables you to walk around your horse, or even go a distance away from them. In future, this can build into liberty grooming, despooking exercises, trailer loading, standing tied and loads more. Another benefit of teaching ‘Stay’ at this stage is that it teaches your horse to be relaxed if you and the food move away from them (which many horses find hard at first), further establishes standing still as a strong behaviour and you have to work on refining your cues so that your horse knows when to ‘stay’ – all of this is great for your communication and connection.
 
Week 4
The final behaviour we’ll teach here is targeting. This is another really useful and versatile behaviour that we use all the time to train everything from lining up at the mounting block to building trust to jumping. Again, your horse will have to refine his problem solving abilities as he figures out the behaviour, and you can practice your cue clarity and timing as you train it.
 
By the end of this Study Group, you and your horse will be confident with these 4 behaviours, and you’ll be clear on how to break behaviours down to teach them to your horse, using a marker and rewards, and adapting the training to best suit your horse.

With Rachel Bedingfield

Foundation Theory 2

March 29th - April 25th

May 31st - Jun 27th

This Study Group dives into some deeper theory and principles from the Foundation Course. We’ll look at topics such as balancing relaxation and motivation, fading out the treats, understanding cues and more. This knowledge will improve and refine your training for your horse.
 

It covers:

Week 1
This week is all about diving in deeper into the emotional side as we look at impulse control, relaxation and motivation in training. Finding this emotional balance is the core of Connection Training because when your horse is relaxed, connected and willing, everything is much easier and more joyful for both of you.

Week 2
Taking the emotional understanding further, this week we’re looking at how to approach horses who are having a strong emotional, and therefore behavioural, reaction to handling and training. This is usually due to their history and personality. We’ll look in depth at how to deal with two common scenarios – horses who are extremely anxious about being handled and trained, and horses who show over-arousal, such as over-excitement, tension, frustration, grabbing, dropping and so on. This is useful for all horse owners, even if your horse isn’t showing these behaviours, because the sooner you can recognise emotional signs of anxiety and over-arousal, the easier it is to adapt your training to help your horse.

Week 3
This week we’re looking deeper at cues. What makes a good cue? How do you transfer a cue? The emotions associated with cues, and so on. How you cue and when you cue also has a big impact on your horse, so we’ll look at some ways you can improve your cues to help your horse stay relaxed, connected and focused.

Week 4
In this final week, we’ll look at some training techniques around fading out the clicker, food and target. This is a common question because you don’t want to be feeding every tiny thing forever, so we’ll address here how you can move on once your horse knows and understands a behaviour.

With Rachel Bedingfield

Foundation Practical 2

May 3-30th

July 5th - Aug 1st

This Study Group takes you through the second half of the Foundation Course and supports you as you continue to work with your horse using the CT techniques. You’ll teach your horse to send and hold on a target, stand on a mat or mark, train a soft back-up and learn how to put all the behaviours together to bring more flow, softness and communication to your training.

It covers:

Week 1
This week we’ll look at teach send to and hold on the target. There are loads of benefits of teaching your horse to send to and hold on a target, from teaching your horse to be happy moving away from you to using hold on a target to build a ‘stay’. They can then be used for teaching horses to stand tied, manners around feedtime and gateways, use around the stable and for loading and travelling.
Of course, the more your horse learns in this way, the better he will become at problem-solving, so teaching something new will help build those learning skills and keep you moving on fast enough to keep your horse’s brain engaged!

Week 2
The next behaviour we’ll teach is standing on a mat, board or ‘mark’. Standing on a Mark (also known as ‘stationing’ or ‘foot targeting’) is teaching your horse to stand on a mat, board or low pedestal. This is a great exercise to further improve your horse’s problem-solving abilities and your training skills. However, it also teaches your horse body awareness as he becomes much more aware of his feet and what he’s standing on, it builds horses’ confidence to step onto new surfaces such as into puddles or onto a horsebox ramp and it can be used to improve your horse’s ‘stay’, standing tied, hoof lifting, freejumping and loads more.

Week 3
This week’s behaviour is training a soft back-up. Teaching your horse to back up easily is such a useful behaviour for so many situations such as leading, loading and daily handling. This video shows you how to teach your horse to back up from a hand on a chest, and then to transfer it to a voice cue. The second video shows you how you can use the target to teach a back up instead, and also how you can use the target to refine and improve the way your horse backs up.

Week 4
In this final week, we’ll look linking the behaviours together, building duration and bringing more flow and two-way conversation to your training with your horse.

With Rachel Bedingfield

2021 General Study Groups

These Study Groups take you through training a specific behaviour or exercise to your horse. They are supported by Hannah or one of our CT Coaches.

Jan 4 - 31st

This Study Group will focus on leading exercises using positive reinforcement. This is perfect to teach leading to young or green horses, or to refine leading with horses who barge, pull, rush, plant or cut in front of you. 

It will cover:

Week 1 

Beginning with the foundation level exercises, we’ll start with Stand Together quietly to ensure horse is calm and relaxed, then introduce leading by walking a few steps only and then back into the Standing Together position. This is the most effective way to introduce calm, connected movement to your horse. From there, we’ll start to increase the duration of leading as you begin to Walk Together.

During this stage, we’re also gathering information about what the horse finds easier, more difficult and which aspects need most work. So, we’ll check how the horse stands and leads on both sides, assess if horse lags/rushes/blocks/pins ears, if the horse behaves differently liberty vs on a rope, in the arena vs outside the arena etc. This information will help you to set your training plan for the coming weeks.

Week 2 

This week is focussing on clarifying our leading cues for walk on, stop and turn both ways. Making sure your horse knows and understands your cues, and that you’re consistent in how you cue your horse when leading, will really help to bring calmness and consistency to your leading. Begin working on these in the area or situation where your horse leads best (using the information from week 1), so that you set your horse up for success as you confirm and clarify your cues.

Week 3 

This week we’re focussing on ourselves and our internal cues we project to the horse. We’ll look at breathing exercises, tension in our body, any anxiety we have about leading, our focus and body position. As you build your own body awareness and confidence, you will increase your clarity, sensitivity and effectiveness when leading your horse.

Week 4 

Now we have all the leading building blocks in place, we’re going to start building duration and asking for leading in more challenging places such as the spooky side of the arena, outside the arena, back to the field etc. The skills you and your horse have built through this course, will enable you to work through leading issues in any situation and get confident leading your horse easily anywhere.

With CT Coach melissa Deal

Feb 1 -28th

Around a Round Pen is a simple technique to safely and confidently build up some more movement work with your horse, giving them clear guidance as you start to teach them how to work in a circle around you. You’ll learn how to get started, teach voice cues, start to increase the speed, stay connected at a distance and begin to shape movement and engagement with your horse.

It covers:

Week 1
This week is all about getting started with this technique. Beginning with the basics, you’ll start  by walking next to your horse and gradually start moving away so that you’re in more of a lunging position, giving your horse more space and freedom to move.

Week 2
As your horse is moving Around the Round Pen, we want to keep the connection strong. This week will focus on your breath, position, synchrony, focus and body language to stay connected with your horse at a distance and at bigger speeds.

Week 3
From here, we’re going to start adding in and refining cues for walk, halt, back up, lengthen and walk out, slow the walk and moving up to trot (if the horse is ready).  The aim is to make it clear for the horse and maintain your connection using the techniques from week 2.

Week 4
Now you and your horse should be confident working Around the Round Pen, happy to work at a distance and staying connected with you in faster movement with strong voice and body cues for transitions. From here, we’re going to start looking at some options to shape your horse’s movement, such as encouraging and rewarding an inside band, teaching a head-down cue or adding in some poles for your horse to step over.

With these skills in place, you and your horse will confidently be able to use and refine your work on circles and Around a Round Pen.

With CT Coach Claire Waldron

March 1 -28th

Despooking exercises help to build your horse’s confidence about novel or unusual sights, objects and situations. Our approach to despooking helps your horse learn how to control his impulse to flee, and think his way through the scary situation instead, turning to you for guidance. This is an amazing way to build two-way trust with your horse.

It covers:

Week 1
We start off with a basic but very useful despooking exercise where you teach your horse to target spooky objects. This helps change unknown or fearful objects into a target, which your horse understands, has good associations with and thus greatly reduces the associated fear.

Week 2
Moving on, we’re going to start using a tarp as a despooking tool, asking our horses to first target it and then turning it into a mat and asking them to stand on it. If a tarp is too scary for your horse, you can substitute something else, such as a jumper or towel.

Week 3
One of the things many horses are scared of is spooky objects moving behind them or touching them, even if they are willing to target it. To address this, we’re going to use a technique with a stationary target, which gives the horse both comfort and control in this situation. This is a great technique for being able to move around or touch a horse with something spooky, whether it’s a tarp, fly spray, saddle or even your hand or grooming brush for some horses.

Week 4
We’re now going to put our new skills to the test and introduce our horses to a new spooky object or situation, such as an umbrella, or even approaching a spooky new item in the yard or going to the spooky end of the arena.

As always, you will choose the challenge level that is right for your horse, so that this is an enjoyable experience and builds your relationship together.

With CT Coach Judith Edel

March 29th - Apr 25th

Teaching your horse to step over with their shoulders and quarters is necessary exercise for daily handling. It’s also great for building body awareness and is the foundation of many exercises such as lateral work, bending and building suppleness and straightness.

With CT Coach Angelica Hesselius

More info coming soon.

May 3-30th

Recall A-B’s involves teaching your horse to ‘stay’ and then recalling him to you. As your horse learns, you can start to add in faster speeds, poles and jumps. This Study Group will take you through the steps of getting started and building it up at the right speed for your horse.

With CT Coach Belinda Daws

More info coming soon.

May 31st - Jun 28th

Recall A-B’s involves teaching your horse to ‘stay’ and then recalling him to you. As your horse learns, you can start to add in faster speeds, poles and jumps. This Study Group will take you through the steps of getting started and building it up at the right speed for your horse.

With CT Coach Belinda Daws

More info coming soon.

July 5th - Aug 1st

Lining up and standing at the mounting block is the first piece of connecting with your horse as you move from the ground to the saddle. Whether you’re teaching your youngster to line up for the first time or retraining an older horse who moves away, resists or rushes off, this Study Group will take you step-by-step through the training.

With Hannah Weston

More info coming soon.

Aug 2-29th

Working on mats and pedestals is great for your horse’s confidence and body awareness. This study group will show you how to get started and then build up to more challenging and creative exercises using mats and pedestals in your training.

With CT Coach Kristen Vanderpool

More info coming soon.

Aug 30 - Sep 26th

This Study Group will show you how to get started teaching your horse to short-rein or ground ride. This is great for in-hand work, as well as preparing horses for riding or driving.

With CT Coach Angelica Hesselius

More info coming soon.

Oct 4th - 30th

Teaching your horse to go through an archway, and then a curtain is a great exercise for despooking and body awareness. Especially if your horse is anxious, you’ll learn how to break this down into small steps so that’s a positive learning experience for your horse from the start.

With CT Coach Judith Edel

More info coming soon.

Nov 1st - 28th

This Study Group is all about getting connected and confident with your horse in the saddle. Moving on from the mounting block work, it will cover exercises to ensure you and your horse are calm, happy and working together as a ridden partnership.

With Hannah Weston

More info coming soon.

Nov 29th - Dec 20th

This fun trick behaviour is one many horses enjoy! It’s a great way to teach something relaxed and playful to your horse, and refine your communication and training as you do so. 

With CT Coach Claire Waldron

More info coming soon.


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The CT Complete Training Foundation Course gives you everything you need to know to get started successfully with CT – start by learning the principles of equine behaviour and learning in relationship to training, then discover how to introduce CT to your horse, teaching him to stand and walk quietly at liberty with you, to touch a target, to send to and ‘hold’ on a target, back up, stand on a mark and to ‘stay’. 

See these lessons with a wide range of people and horses, from anxious horses to ones who are pushy and ‘foody’. You’ll learn how to adapt the training to help your horse become relaxed, polite and a motivated learner. You’ll also learn how fast to progress and how to fade out the click and food rewards from learned behaviours.

On top of all this, you can watch 3 full case studies of Hannah introducing CT to 3 very different equines – a neglected colt with only one eye, a bargey, bitey donkey and an older Dales mare who has done very little in her life. These sessions show you exactly how to structure your training and adapt to the individual you’re working with. 

There are over 6 hours of lessons plus the Case Studies – watch it all to gain a deep understanding of equine learning and positive training, or jump straight to the lessons you need for your horse.

Our full suite of Home Study Courses gives you access to hundreds of high quality training videos. Filmed with real people and horses, as well as many lessons showing Hannah training her own horses and theory lessons from Rachel, you will never be stuck for advice, ideas or step-by-step training programmes.

On joining, you get instant access to all the material in all of the Courses so you can find the right tutorials for you and your horse.

Our Home Study Courses are:
The Complete Training Foundation
Daily Handling 
Healthcare Procedures
Cool, Calm and Connected – Despooking for Life
Loading and Travelling
Lunging, Long-reining and Freejumping
Gymnastic Groundwork (Coming Very Soon)
Starting or Re-Starting Your Horse Under Saddle
Riding with Connection
Riding with Connection Conference Lectures

Join in on the live CT Q&A each month. You can ask your question directly and get input from Rachel and Hannah on your particular situation. 

These calls are easy to join from anywhere in the world.

You can listen to and download all previous Q&A recordings. These are perfect to listen to when you’re driving, mucking out or to make housework a little more interesting! These discussions cover a wide range of topics and questions and really give you an insight into how to apply CT to all kinds of situations.

Get access to the supportive and friendly CT Forum. This is the place to ask questions and discuss horse training and management topics.

Search the forum for previous topics and replies on your question, too.

This blog is for CT Members only and gives you extra training videos, tips and techniques and behind-the-scenes from Rachel and Hannah. 

Share your photos, horses and info through your profile. Log your sessions through your Training Journal – this is great to look back and see your progress as well as to keep track of your training. 

You can choose to keep your Journal entries private, or share them with other CT Members.

Each month, we’ll set a small training task that you can train and then enter with your horse. 
 
These Challenges are not competitive, but are designed to give you focus, inspiration and a way to share your training. You can adapt each Challenge to a level that suits your horse and enter as many times as you like.

You can browse other Members, view their profiles and search by location to find other CT Members in your area.

(Please note, adding profile information and location is optional.)

You can purchase Coaching calls with our experienced, certified Coaches. Getting one to one support from someone who lives and breathes Connection Training is the best way to make smooth progress with your horse. Your Coach can help you to set achievable training plans, pinpoint blocks in your training and offer clear, actionable advice to help you move forward.

Our Coaches are friendly, supportive and highly knowledgeable and experienced.

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You will be taken to our Membership Site Club.Connectiontraining.com to complete your purchase and sign up.

CT Club Membership Info

It’s a monthly subscription to join the CT Club with your first month half price (so you can check it out and see if it’s for you!).

There is no fixed term and you can cancel your membership at any time directly from your CT account.

What Our Members Say

Free Access for Equine Charities

Reward-based training is a brilliant way to build confidence and joy in abused or neglected equines, helping them to overcome their fears, return to health and be rehomed where possible. Across the world, these needy equines are being rescued and rehabilitated by wonderful people. We want to support registered rescue centres and charities by teaching staff these techniques. We know that funds are always scarce and so we want to provide this training for free.

Registered equine charities can request free membership by emailing theteam@connectiontraining.com

And thank you to our Members for doing your bit – buying Membership for your own equine education helps us make this opportunity available for charities.

Hannah working with rescues at Hope Pastures.

Charities using Connection Training:

FAQ

Can I Change my Membership?

Yes, you can change your membership level at any time directly through your account.

How do I access the ct club?

You can find the CT Club at club.connectiontraining.com. This is where you can purchase your Membership and then log in to access the Club. Everything is online at this address for easy access from any device connected to the internet.

How do i cancel my membership?

You can cancel your Membership at any time directly through your account. There are no long-term contracts.

Can I join from anywhere?

Yes! We have Members from all over the world. In fact, the CT Team are often all in different countries, too! 

Any questions? Email us theteam@connectiontraining.com – we’ll be delighted to help!

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