What people are saying about the program
I think that equine behavior is a fascinating subject. One which I truly believe should be taught in riding schools.
The very basics of equine behavior were taught to me as a child, but only in relation to what was needed for the basic handling and riding of a trained school horse. I feel a solid basic knowledge of equine behavior would have a positive impact on people new to horses.
I enjoyed Linda’s classroom setting as it gave me a chance to discuss the topics with other people of varying experiences and knowledge. The topics covered, in the How to Think Like a Horse workshop and the questions brought up by other participants really helped to make sense of why horses do the things they do. I loved the Discovery cards so much that I wanted a set of my own so I could study them more and my students would learn a lot from them too. There comes a time in our student’s education, that they need to branch out and gain knowledge in different ways other than just grooming and rid- ing.
Linda’s training tools and equine behavior programs will be very useful to instructors and trainers.
Lynda Tennessen - Head Instructor
Equine behavior was NOT taught to me. I had to search it out on my own and learn it in my own way.
If I had known then what I know now, my riding and teaching would have progressed at a much faster and more ef cient rate.
I would like to see more emphasis put on teaching equine behavior in all our equine organizations and in all riding lessons and horsemanship programs.
People would learn that a horse is not a machine to be used for pleasure then put away. Hopefully people would gain respect for how amazing horses are ..... and a deeper respect for nature and how all animals are born with a built in intuition to help them survive in the world in which they live. By understanding the intuitive nature of horses we can relate to them in a different way. Learning about equine behavior will eventually become the accepted and necessary way of learning horsemanship.
Gary Millar - Owner of Millar Venture Arabians
You don’t have to be a horse whisperer To communicate with a horse
By taking the time to learn and carefully listen, you can interpret what the horse is saying (in his own language.)
I think equine behavior should be taught in the classroom as a pre- liminary to riding lessons. The horse is 1200lbs. of attitude and it is critical that the student know and understand the cues of the horse. A solid education, coupled with tested understanding of equine body language will help create that special bond between horse and human.
Including equine behavior to the curriculum will help prevent Accidents/injury making the whole process of learning to ride and horsemanship safer and more enjoyable.
I have implemented the “card” system in my lessons and my students love it. The cards allow inquisitive dialog between students which encourages a deeper learning and absorption of the subject. Because, discovery cards address the three ways in which people learn, Visual, Auditory and hands on and are suitable for all ages and levels of ability.
Riding Instructor/ Para-medic
Equine behaviour is an integral understanding in the development of a functional and trusting equine/human partnership. Unfortunately, our generation is producing a plethora of riders and fewer and fewer horse people. I, like many, learned equine behaviour the hard way – trial and error. Simple cues were taught to us; If the horse’s ears are back, they are not happy; but no classes or courses were offered to delve into the complexity of this topic.
There is no question in my mind that Equine Behaviour should be touched upon before people mount up for the first time, and it should be a continually growing knowledge as rider’s progress through the levels. Instructors and Trainers should be well versed in this area, to not only help the riders, but to offer an understanding to the horses. Too many times, we see the horses pushed past their limits or placed in situations that they feel unsafe. Without the ability to read the cues, we risk endangering both members of the ‘team’.
Linda offers a unique approach, starting with classroom instruction and ‘discover cards’ to engage people and get them thinking about what they see naturally in the pasture. This education is easily transferred to a ‘real life’ scenario. Once one possess a knowledge of how a horse behaves in its natural environment, we gain a greater understanding of why they ‘do what they do’ under saddle. To become a true horse person a firm grasp on Equine Behaviour is a must.
Jessica Hall - Owner of Tudor equestrian
Linda Finstad has done what we all wished we had done. In her book “The Horse Watcher” she put her observations together in a fun and educational way that is suitable for all ages.
I personally attended Linda’s “How to Think Like a Horse” work- shops and loved using the discovery cards, small group discussions and equine experiments. I have implemented this way of teaching equine behavior in my own business and my students love it. My younger students are becoming more aware of the horses body language and feel more con dent around them. It means they are more independent and don’t need to rely so much on myself to tell them what to do.
Growing up I was taught to watch the horses ears and tail to detect if the horse was grumpy and might kick, but not much else. I want to change that by teaching equine behavior as the groundwork to better horsemanship.
Jennifer Losey - Free-lance Riding Instructor
Being a city girl who always loved horses, I wanted to nd out ev- erything possible about them when I decided to get my own horse; my lifelong dream! The classes were fun and interactive and the content was unique compared to the regular information out there. It was practical and exactly what I was searching for as an excited new horse owner.
Dawn Michaels - Horse owner Beaumont AB
Equine behavior should be taught in all riding schools for all disciplines. It is imperative to know how to communicate with your equine partner. All good riders have a partnership with their horse. You can only do this by knowing his behaviour and what each action means.
I was taught as a child by a Cree Indian the ways of the horse. To appreciate each as an individual and treat each with kindness and respect. In turn you will be treated with kindness, loyalty and respect. This learning has been the foundation of every- thing I have done with horses and coaching for over 50 years.
I think Linda’s classroom learning is a wonderful introduction to the wonder of horses and their behavior. Her training tools and Discovery cards are great for all ages. Learning in this way is fun and inter- active. Very easy for any instructor to implement and add to their lesson plans. All great horse trainers and coaches say ground work is the basis of every well trained horse.
I think Linda’s equine behavior program is the ground work for all riders and horse enthusiasts. A Must.
Donna Austin - Owner and Coach at Kel-J-Do Stables
I thought I knew quite a bit about horses! Most of us do! But then I attended Linda’s “How to Think Like a Horse” workshops and ...... Yes I discovered aspects to a horses nature that I had never before considered. I found the small group discussion with the Discovery cards a very enjoyable way to learn. You work at your own pace and interact with other members of the group.
The equine behavior program should be a per-requisite to all new horse owners or anyone wanting to get into the sport.
Typically we learn to groom, tack and ride at riding schools. But we are not taught how to understand them or that they have their own language. Once you understand how horses communicate with each other, you become a better owner and rider, because you can com- municate with them in their own silent language.
Roxanne Proudfoot - Canada