Training Methodology – 11 Nov ’21

Class Overview:

Every system of learning has a methodology. What one are you using with your horse? Does each of the training techniques or tools you implement fit within that system? Do you know which methodologies are options for you and your horse?

Join us to explore this topic in depth with Alexis Martin-Vegue – ethical dressage trainer with classical ethos. Alexis specializes in horse and rider biomechanics and is a USDF Gold Medalist.

(Click on the ‘Materials’ tab above for more information on what you will learn in this class and to download the worksheet accompanying this class)

Recording from LIVE Class held on 11th November 2021


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At the end of this class you should be able to:

-Discuss the most common types of training and identify which approach you are using with your horse
-Evaluate the efficacy and cohesion of your training methodology
-Modify elements of your training for a more horse friendly and systematic methodology
-Explain how a methodology is different than a riding discipline

Journal Resource

For the next week, take time to reflect on the presentation and make notes in the course journal which you may download here: EQUI Liveschool Journal


Download and complete the worksheet mentioned in this lesson here: Training Methodology Worksheet

Additional Resources

Further Study Resources: Training_Methodology_further_study_resources

Operant Conditioning Graph:

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Linda Hegarty (Administrator) at 8:22 am

Comment from participant in first delivery: “It was really interesting and inspiring, thank you!”

Linda Hegarty (Administrator) at 8:24 am

Comment from participant in first delivery: “Spreading awareness of ethical training is of paramount importance, as it is often sadly lacking.”

Linda Hegarty (Administrator) at 8:25 am

Comment from participant in first delivery: “Thank you so much for putting this together. My own methodology confirmed by what was presented today giving me confidence I am on the right path with our horses and students and their horses. I look forward to the learnings from future classes.”

Linda Hegarty (Administrator) at 2:06 am

Comment from participant in second delivery:
“I just had a discussion with a friend about training methodology, so this class gave the answers we lacked! Thank you!”

Linda Hegarty (Administrator) at 2:06 am

Comment from participant in second delivery:
“Excellent information and well presented in an easily understandable way. Love the idea of the Mission Statements vs. Goals, I will use this.”

Linda Hegarty (Administrator) at 2:07 am

Comment from participant in second delivery:
“I suggest writing an ethics/values statement so when you encounter an ethically ambiguous situation for your horse, you will know exactly where you stand.”

Alexis Martin-Vegue at 6:28 am

Thank you everyone for your comments! I’m looking forward to hearing some mission statements, and I love the idea of a focus on the ethical treatment within that.

Wendee Walker at 12:10 pm

Alexis, your passion for ethical and anatomically healthy training shines brightly in this presentation. It’s helpful to revisit the quadrants with your commentary. Thank you!

Susan Kamlan at 9:10 am

This was an excellent class; I loved the quadrants and the use of visuals of the horse’s expressions and poll height and where they were on the vertical to show their comfort and or pain. I used to have a mission statement, and it was to be a Strong Equestrian with Soft Hands and Heart it’s still true, yet I have changed it so my horses to enjoy what they do and keep the heart connection together. The mission statement for the youth ranch – is “May the beauty of the horse in movement, be the way your life flows with the direction of our Creator”, I think this still applies – I feel I need to “flow” and keep growing, listening to/with my horses so they can continue in that beautiful movement they were born and keep the beauty of who they are.

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