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.
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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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.
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 – 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.
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.
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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
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.
Our monthly Training Challenges are non-competitive, one-off behaviours that you can adapt to your horse. You can enter by video and can see all other entries for each Challenge. They are a great way to give you focus and inspiration and show off your training to other like-minded people.
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.
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
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.
Go Deeper with Personalized Online Coaching
Getting one to one coaching from an experienced Coach is the best way to progress with your horse. Your Coach will be able to help you discover and overcome blocks, set achievable goals to keep you moving forward and will give you clear actionable steps and clarity in your training.
When you’re working with your own horse, especially if you’re a little isolated because of the way you’re training, it can be really hard to get the right support. But, having someone who can bring you their experience and knowledge will make your training journey smoother, easier and more successful for you and your horse.
We offer online Coaching to CT Members of the Connection Training Club. You can book Coaching with Hannah and Rachel (depending on availability). We also have fantastic Coaches based all over the world, who can give you the support you need. Our Coaches have undergone an intensive training programme to ensure they are fully experienced and qualified to be able to offer high quality Connection Training Coaching. They first went through an application process to show that they had long-term experience in CT with their own horses as well as pursuing equine knowledge in other areas, too, such as behaviour, management, bodywork and specific disciplines such as dressage, Classical work, horse agility and rescue and rehabilitation. They have now undergone a full year of CT training, completing case studies working with a range of horses themselves and a range of clients and their horses. They are all friendly, approachable and supportive people, too! We want you to trust that you are in safe hands with a CT Coach!
An extra bonus, because they come from 10 different countries, they also offer Coaching in multiple languages, so, if English isn’t your first language and you’d prefer to receive Coaching in your native language, you might be in luck!
Online coaching is a great support and companion to the tutorials and info inside the CT Club as you get personal feedback, advice and instruction from the Coach who is right for you, without having to worry about travel or location.
*Please note: Coaching is not included in the Club Membership but can be purchased additionally from your chosen Coach at your convenience and is, of course, optional.
Join the CT Club Today and get Instant Access to:
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
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.
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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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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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!