This is absolutely huge for me and Creamy! It is the first time since things went wrong a few years ago for us, that I have been able to ride Creamy and be completely relaxed and connected with eachother❤ Me and Creamy both LOVE targeting and our new discovery for the cone square!! Thankyou to everyone at connection training for your support
Life with Walley has got so much better! Even the little things I learned so far made a huge difference. I used to get very very frustrated about him not moving willingly away from the barn, or just generally not walking fast enough on trail rides. I love that I now have tools to reward the good behavior, I always felt with horse training and riding before, it is so much just telling the horse that this is not what I want. So now when he starts to want to run home, and he falls back into walking, I can click and reward. And it made a huge difference. Also our connection in general increased dramatically!
I just want to say how relieved and hopeful I am to have found Connection Training and for the results I’m seeing with the “Backing your Horse” Course. At least so far, my Mustang is following along very nicely to what the videos are teaching. Seeing how smart she is, how hard she tries and how much she really enjoys her ‘work’ sessions really makes me happy too!
It’s nice to see her pretty much saying “Let’s do stuff!” when I go out just to clean. Thank you Hannah for being available and so willing to help!!
Thank you so much for Connection Training! We are using it with all 4 of our girls and they love it! They range in age from yearling to 21 years. It is absolutely the most stress-free training system I have ever come across. And the ponies learn so much more quickly and easily when they are not stressed & overwhelmed. www.exeterfarm.ca
This site is fantastic, I have jumped straight in with the course on getting your horse confident, it is so great to have a criteria to follow and I am looking forward to progressing logically with my horses’ training
I just watched your video ‘How Horses Learn’ in the Getting Started Course, wow and thank- you! It is fascinating to learn about the horses brain and such an important concept about equine learning!
Just want to share how amazing the gymnastic groundwork course at Cortijo de Segura was last week.
it really helped me gain a greater understanding of how I should be working with my horses, on top of learning the specific exercises we were practicing. I learned that I try and go far too fast, to slow down and reward the soft responsiveness, the intention and first move in the right direction, as well as how my body influences the horses. I just rewatched a few videos in the lunging course and got such much more out of them than I did before my week in Spain. I feel far better equipped in general to work with my horses, not just to do the groundwork.
oh, and of course it helped being so well looked after, and being with a fantastic group of fellow students. The training from Hannah was amazing, but the location, the horses and the team around you are amazing for facilitating learning, and really make it the best learning experience I’ve ever had.
I started the course backing your horse and it’s great, also the other courses I followed. Thanks Hannah, Shawna and Rachel for sharing knowledge. Your connection training classroom is exactly what I was looking for and what I need
I definitely have a highlight of this year. I’ve been clicker training with my mare Joy for quite a few years. I always focused on her behaviour instead of her emotions. She did learn the behaviours that I trained but she wasn’t connected to me at all. This is such a big part of dog training but I never learnt it with horses before Connection Training. When I was training Joy I pictured Hannah, Shawna and Rachel on my shoulders and started reinforcing moments when she was relaxed and focused on me. Now everything has changed!
This method is wonderful. In one month my new horse (Bob) has learned all these at liberty: - Stop and freeze on “Woah”. - Back up with a hand signal. - Disengage the rear. - Shadowing me at the walk, gait and canter. - Standing and walking holding his head down. - Grazing with permission (head down or up with verbal cues over grass). - Send from target to target. - Side up to me for mounting from a mounting block or fence. - Stand on the tarp. - Neck flexing.His saddle arrived a few days ago, so now he knows: - Walk sideways along the fence. - Touch his own ribs (for bitless one rein stop). - Walking with head down. - Grazing with permission on the trail.We’re both loving it. So happy!
The Connection Training Centre opened at Cotijo de Segura in Spain in 2017. The Centre has rescued Spanish horses used for training courses.
Rachel presented on The Emotional Horse with Rachael Draaisma, author of Calming Signals for Horses.
Rachel presents on building your confidence with your horse.
We brought together people from all over the world in our Riding with Connection Conference, where we explored positive reinforcement techniques under saddle in everything from problem-solving, backing or starting youngsters to improving performance in dressage and jumping.
Shawna and Hannah filmed with Horse Hero on overcoming clipping fear, improving jumping technique in a young horse and using reward-based training under saddle.