World renowned animal behaviourist will give a horse clinic in Cranbrook at the end of the month.

World renowned animal behaviourist will give a horse clinic in Cranbrook at the end of the month.

Understanding the animal mind

World renowned animal behaviourist, Dr. Andrew McLean, is touring North America this fall.

World renowned animal behaviourist, Dr. Andrew McLean, is touring North America this fall.

After two horse clinics in the Okanagan, he will visit the Kootenays, where he will do a presentation, as well as demonstrations on the topics of understanding how horses learn, and how we can use this knowledge to become better trainers and riders.

His training methods are based on the scientific study of horse psychology, biomechanics and animal behavior.

Mclean has a PhD in equine cognition and learning. He is the president of International Society for Equitation Science and winner of the highest Australian Science award, the Eureka Prize.

He has written several books, and is a rider who has competed internationally. Horse Council BC, the BC provincial equestrian organization, invited McLean to speak at their 2012 conference. He holds equine learning seminars worldwide: Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Europe.

McLean’s training methods are based on scientific principles. For example, he trains using the removal of pressure or discomfort when the horse gives the correct response. His methods avoid nagging, inescapable pain and fear, as these two interfere with equine learning. McLean promotes progressive step by step training with clear aids and stresses that a good start is most important.

McLean’s AEBC foundation training program, based on how your horse learns, was developed through years of research and experience.

McLean will be presenting in Cranbrook  on October 25 and 26. For more information contact Arlene 250-489-5923 or sprucetreeranch@xplornet.ca.