Academy of Positive Horsemanship

BE EMPOWERED! BE SUPPORTED!

The Academy is a pioneering equine reward-based online membership college.

Run by Jo Hughes, an expert in equine behaviour and one of the world's most prominent equine-focused positive reinforcement trainers, and her associate trainers, The Academy delivers distance learning, personalised coaching and support in positive horse, pony and donkey training to owners and riders throughout the world.

Learning and support is offered to horse owners through a wide range of different products and services from home study courses to personalised online problem behaviour consultations, coaching and support within our fantastic membership community.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

We believe in a holistic mindset of gentle, positive horse care and training. Essentially, that means that the whole horse is taken into account including their health and their ethology alongside training in the least forceful, most positive way.

No fear! No stress! No pain!

We want horses to LOVE spending time with their humans and so we try to focus on the use of positive reinforcement (clicker/bridge and target) training, using food or tactile reinforcement where possible.

Practical! Real! In-depth! Easy-to-digest! 

Our approach uses up-to-date science and theory but is delivered in an easy-to-digest way to teach you how to actually apply these techniques and train your horse in real-life.

Positive! Inclusive! Supportive!

We are an incredibly special, inclusive and non-judgemental community who welcomes members from every possible equestrian background. READ MORE

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What’s Included 

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Silver

Unlimited access to our most popular Home Study Course

Your own Member Profile & Training Journal

Access to our supportive community via a private Facebook group for advice, discussion and feedback

Connect with and get support from other Members

Weekly Online Meet-Ups

Regular Live Q&A’s

Access to Personalised Video Coaching with Jo Hughes as an additional extra

Additional Extras:

Some of our other Home Study Courses

Live and Recorded Webinars

Live Members-only web classes/courses

Access to personalised Video Coaching

£19.99 / Month

£99 for 6 Months
Just £16.50 per Month

£179 for 12 Months
Best Value at under £15 per Month

Gold

Unlimited access to 2 of our most popular Home Study Courses

Your own Member Profile & Training Journal

Access to our supportive community via a private Facebook group for advice, discussion and feedback

Access to an additional private Facebook group exclusively for Gold and Platinum Members

Connect with and get support from other Members

Unlimited Access to The Article Library

Weekly Online Meet-Ups

Regular Live Q&A’s

Members Video-Log

Live Online Practical Training Sessions

As a Gold Member you get a discounted rate on all the in the shop including other home study courses and personalised coaching

Additional Extras (at discounted prices):

Our other Home Study Courses

Live and Recorded Webinars

Live Members-only web classes/courses

Access to personalised Video Coaching, Coaching Calls & Training Plans

£27.99 / Month

£150 for 6 Months
Just £25 per Month

£298 for 12 Months
Best Value at under £25 per Month

Platinum

These places are strictly limited in numbers. To register your interest and find out if we have any places available – please email jo@equi-libre.co.uk

As a Platinum Member you get access to EVERYTHING inside The Academy!! And that is UNLIMITED access for the duration of your membership.

Unlimited access to ALL of our Home Study Courses

Your own Member Profile & Training Journal

Access to our supportive community via our private Facebook group for advice, discussion and feedback

Access to an additional private Facebook group exclusively for Gold and Platinum Members

Get continued one-to-one support and help from Jo Hughes

Connect with and get support from other Members

Unlimited Access to The Article Library

Weekly Online Meet-Ups

Regular Live Q&A’s

Live Members-only web classes

Members Video-Log

Live Online Practical Training Sessions

Regular Live webinars

Unlimited access to our library of Recorded Webinars

FULLY INCLUSIVE PERSONAL SUPPORT AND COACHING

You get fully personalised online coaching from Jo Hughes for the duration of your membership. Each month you’ll either have a coaching call to discuss anything you would like to regarding your training, some video coaching or devising a structured training plan to provide personalised solutions and keep you on track with your training.

£109.99 / Month

£99 / Month
for 12 Months paid in 3 installments

“I was amazed at how much detail you went into in the video coaching, and how well you read the tiny subtle changes in body language. It has helped me loads in understanding our dynamic and has changed our interactions and our bond massively!” 

Sue Horseman

WHAT WE DO

The Academy of Positive Horsemanship is your comprehensive resource to learning about and developing yourself in the art and science of positive horse training.

All our consulting, coaching services and courses use up-to-date, ethical, science-based behaviour modification techniques to affect and change behaviour in horses in the most positive and effective way. Whether you are struggling to find a solution to your horse's unwanted behaviour problem or you are looking to dramatically improve the communication and connection you have with your horse, The Academy can help you to achieve that.

Our aim through The Academy is to offer you complete control over your own learning experience. This means complete flexibility as to how you would like to structure your own learning and support through our services. After all, we all know that the help and support we need can often change week to week, month to month with our horses.

As a result, we will soon be offering a small proportion of our home study courses and our behaviour modification training plans to non-members. The majority of our products and services however, including all our personalised 1-2-1 coaching and support, are ONLY available to our members.

We have three levels of membership, each with different inclusions and optional extras.

Click here to find out more about what is included in each membership package.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Video coaching is such a useful tool when learning to train horses and change their behaviour in the least intrusive, most positive way.

Clients shoot some video, which is then reviewed and assessed by Jo Hughes. An online call or phone call is arranged to discuss the video assessment and give feedback and instruction on how to improve and move forward.

The feedback is ridiculously detailed! Students are always utterly amazed at just how much information and nuanced detail I gain from a really short clip! 

Video Coaching is an optional extra for Silver and Gold Members. Platinum Members have this service included as a very crucial and beneficial part of their comprehensive package.

Personal coaching calls are really useful for trouble-shooting as well as providing more specific help and advice on a particular issue or even for something students would like to improve on in between lessons. These online calls or phone calls are pre-booked for a specific time.

Personal Calls are an optional extra for Gold Members. Platinum Members also have this service included as an integral part of their comprehensive package.

These are individually-created behaviour modification plans written for specifically for you and your horse. Each incredibly detailed training plan will be geared to achieving a specific goal behaviour, such as standing still for a vet to inject or overcoming the separation distress in one herd member when another one leaves.

These provide a fantastic start point for training projects and give you a structured plan to follow before moving on to being supported with video coaching and coaching calls as you move through the training process.

Once the plan is written, we send it to you on email which is then followed by a coaching call to discuss.

This service is an optional extra for Gold Members. Platinum Members also have this service included as an integral part of their comprehensive package.

Our home study courses cover everything from the initial foundation steps and how to go about introducing your horse to training with food rewards safely including how to manage/eliminate any signs of over excitement and hyper-arousal or frustration, onwards through the 7 different ways to form behaviours positively including teaching targeting and how to free shape behaviour, to step by step detailed video examples of horses actually learning certain behaviours such as how to ground tie, liberty leading and groundwork.

We explain why start and end signals are so crucial. We show you how to add cues to behaviours once you have trained them and then exactly how to maintain the horse’s motivation to continue to offer those trained behaviours into the future with a variety of different reinforcement, not just food reinforcers. We give students all the essential components and complexities of behaviour science and positive reinforcement (clicker) training explained in a simple, easily understood way AND the practical know-how for them to be able to produce beautifully calm, relaxed and safe horses no matter what their goal. 

Members have access to courses focusing on overcoming fears and anxieties and learning how to de-spook and create confidence in our horses right through to delving into learning theory, learning how all about the modern behaviour modification techniques of systematic desensitisation and counter conditioning and the latest scientific understandings of animal emotions in our How Horses Learn, Feel & Communicate course.* (not all members have access to all our courses)

We also have our unrivalled Straight & Supple Training course, where students can learn about the natural, inborn imbalances in our equines and how to develop their suppleness in order to straighten them through gymnastic training. This course teaches students how to gymnastically strengthen their horses in order to help them balance correctly by developing a language of communication and behaviours formed using appetitives/positive reinforcement instead of being based on coercion or compulsion (via the use of aversives/negative reinforcement as is the case for all other mainstream classical training).

Here you can connect with, and get support from, our wonderfully diverse community. Watch member training videos, ask questions, receive training tips and discuss training topics within a completely non-judgemental and safe space.

Your own member profile area and training journal to log your progress and get feedback, comments and lots of encouragement. It’s a great way to track your progress by writing notes on those all-important elements affecting your training.

Members have the option to join our regular live webinars and Q&A’s with Jo Hughes plus a variety of guest speakers. You can also catch up with the recordings of previous ones too. Some examples of the topics include:
  • Safer Horse, Safer Hacking – what makes horses dangerous out hacking and what can we do to help make their behaviour safer?
  • Don’t Leave Me! Separation Anxiety – why cant some horses cope with being left alone and how can we help them to cope
  • Feeling Pressured – all about pressure; what is it, and how can we use pressure within training using +R

Only members of The Academy have the option to join our live web classes, which are shorter  practical classes on topics such as shaping behaviour and training cues.

Members can connect directly with Jo Hughes and her associate trainers LIVE each week at a specific time. These are opportunities to discuss more specific topics and advanced concepts including poisoned cues, confidence knocks, premack, group training, problem solving and more.

Members have access to our video-logs which cover an increasing number of training topics and concepts*

Gold members get a discounted rate on all the optional extras in the shop including other courses and personalised 121 coaching

ALL members get a 5% discount off all our workshops, clinics and events.

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