Equine Learning Theory
A clear understanding and use of Dr. Andrew McLean's Equine Learning Theory ensures that the training of the horse is taught in such a way that it is easy for him to learn because it makes sense to him and reduces any potential confusion. When training methods are appropriate, horses learn most effectively. If they are not clear to the horse they can have the potential to be misunderstood, resulting in a negative response and have the possibility to cause safety/welfare issues, to all involved.
This training encourages the horse to engage the left thinking side of his brain. This helps to lower his natural tendency to rely on the flight instinct of his right brain. The result is a calmer horse as the training replaces the horse's instinctive responses with the appropriate learned ones. The training consists of a clear aiding system that creates well timed learning for the horse. It relies on the trainer being completely conscious of how they are acting in the horse's presence and on their awareness of the capabilities of the horse's mind and it's body. This is to ensure that the horse never gives up being open to new learning. If this is not the case there is potential for the horse to shut itself down.