Training A Geriatric Horse Case Study: Equine Psychology Course Project

Reach Out To Horses
Holistic Horsemanship Comprehensive Program – Part I

Lee Bialozynski



This paper explores the implementation of a training program designed to address the anxiety a geriatric horse exhibits when confined to an indoor space. The intention of the project is to detail and explore the following parameters:

1. Changes to a learned response (fear of confined indoor spaces). This is what the horse is to (un)learn.
2. Changes to the training program itself as it unfolds in real time and insights gained into the learning pattern of an older horse. This is what the human learns.

The subject of the training plan is a 35 year-old mare named Fancy. Fancy lives at the Zuma Rescue Ranch in Littleton, Colorado, with her paddock-mate Cookie.

This case study presents the daily activities of Fancy’s training plan. The definition/intent of the labels used in the following training log are as follows:

Plan – Presents the training session as developed by self, approved by Jodi Messenich, and reviewed by Anna Twinney.

Actual – Identifies the events of the day as they actually occurred.

Factors – Extraneous information, events, or other considerations occurring that given day that explain the difference between the Plan and the Actual training.

Observations – Any reflections or descriptions from the day. Also will present any learned behavior – for both human and horse.

Read the full Case Study by clicking the link below:

Training A Geriatric Horse Case Study

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