ISES Principles and Via Nova Training (PtP®)
From desensitization, conditioning, shaping, and signals/cues to the emotional state of the horse, as well as the safety of both horse and human, the 10 Training Principles that guide ISES and the society’s work resonate with our continued exploration of R+ and the traditional horse world. Creating a positive space for both horse and human to build a relationship is a significant part of our Priority to Positive® principles.
The 2021 Virtual Conference
This year’s conference theme, ‘Advancing equestrian practice to improve equine quality of life,’ is one that should resonate with all who breed, produce, train, and ride horses for pleasure or sport. Ensuring that we know what a good quality of life is for a horse, and that we have the knowledge and tools to be able to assess quality of life, is a central objective for much of the work.
Illustration from ISES/Jaymie Loy
The conference sub-themes – science with impact, tools for change, communication for change, and training for education – offered a combination of expertise from the field, including evidence-based approaches to improve horse performance, rider experience, and safety, as well as a focus on equine welfare. Other aspects explored were the importance of effective communication and the use of effective educational approaches.
Co-founder of ISES, Andrew McLean, presented on leading the change – a new era for Pony Club education. Aside from his work with the Pony Club Australia, McLean works with equestrians who are traditionally trained on the human-horse relationship. He discussed some of the strategies to encourage people to adopt new mindsets and to embrace different practices. McLean explained his exploration of these techniques at both the National Federation level and the individual level in the equestrian education domain. Change is always a challenge, and as McLean noted, to embrace is to believe and “we can only move at the speed of trust.”
The Work Continues
In the next blog posts, we highlight the topics that resonate with our approach and objectives. Although we know that challenges lie ahead, we do see a positive light illuminating the path towards prioritizing positivity and embrace the knowledge of those who help it glow.