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  • Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0AH (map)
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Would you like to learn how best to train your horse?

Horse owners are constantly bombarded with marketing messages from a wide variety of horse trainers promoting their ‘method’ of training horses. But how can you assess whether these methods are effective or suitable for you and your horse? 

Equine behaviourist Justine Harrison will guide you through this minefield by teaching you how horses learn and the principles of training so that you can make informed decisions for yourself. You will learn about effective handling and training techniques and benefit from an improved understanding of how your own horse learns which will help you train your own horse more effectively.

You will learn about:

  • The principles of training

  • Why different techniques may or may not work

  • An introduction to Learning Theory – the science of how horses learn

  • The effects different training methods have on the horse

  • How to create the best environment for your horse to learn

  • How to assess your horse’s emotional thresholds

  • Training using LIMA (Least Invasive, Minimally Aversive) principles

  • What makes a great trainer

  • How to make training fun for you and your horse

  • Retraining your horse to enjoy a fearful task (eg. clippers, vaccinations, saddle)

  • When to stop training

This workshop is aimed at horse owners, students and equestrian professionals interested in learning more about training and how it affects the horse.

CPD attendance certificates will be available, please email Justine if you would like one.


Tickets are limited and need to be purchased in advance, no tickets will be available on the door. Ticket price includes refreshments but attendees are recommended to bring a packed lunch, or food can be bought at the college cafe onsite.

Early bird rate before September 20: £65

Regular rate after September 20: £80



Justine is a fully certified member of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC). She is also the organisation’s UK Chair, a member of the Application Review Committee, and a Mentor for both the IAABC's Online Mentorship programme and the Animal Behaviour Consulting Principles & Practice course. Justine is also registered as an Accredited Animal Behaviourist with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council and the organisation’s Vice Chair.

In addition to helping horse owners solve their horse behaviour problems Justine regularly writes for a number of equestrian magazines worldwide including Horse, Horse & Hound, Your Horse, Endurance GB, Horse & Rider (US & UK), Bit (Netherlands), Horses & People (Australia), Horse Deals (UK & Australia), The Sun, nutritional supplement company VetVits and Petplan Equine Insurance.

Justine lectures on the BSc (Hons) Behavioural Science Degree at Writtle University College and also acts as an expert consultant in legal disputes and court cases involving equine behaviour.

For further information about Justine please click here