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What is Equitation Science ?

Equitation Science is the application of how horses learn most efficiently and clearly (learning theory), which has been discovered using evidence based research.  These principles can be applied to any discipline of horse riding.

It first emerged in the early 2000’s combining learning theory, biomechanics and ethology to examine the effectiveness of traditional horse training methods.

As horses welfare  in sport is being scrutinised more and more, Equitation Science gives a clear, systematic approach to horse training, based on the principles of learning theory.

It gives a clear, approach centred around the horse and their interactions with humans on the ground and under saddle.

Equitation Science is dedicated to improving horse training using an evidence-based and ethical approach that can be understood and applied by riders of all ages and abilities. It is not only useful in training and riding, but in all human horse interaction with application to veterinary work, farrier work, hobby riders and professional riders alike.


“Equitation science is an extremely exciting new field, changing the traditional methods of horse training to a clear, ethical and systematic approach.” Dr Andrew McLean


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