The past weekend I have been lecturing at WindOpleidingen and Centrum voor Paardencoaching. Both educations, have their own character, but share the common goal to educate horse coaches. Both days had a theoretical and practical part. The topic was calming signals and the way they relate to tension. During the practical coaching session attendants could practice their observation skills in a live setting, afterwards there was room for valuable discussions. Thank you fort he invite Ruud Knaapen and Muriel Daal (Windopleidingen) en Nina Bien en Wendela den Tonkelaar (Centrum voor Paardencoach) for inviting me. The following pictures are taken during the lecture day Centrum voor Paardencoaching.
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With excitement and gratitude I can announce that the Calming Signals of Horses will be launched in China these coming months. This will happen in two ways. Firstly I am invited to speak at the Second International Conference on Equine Science in Harbin China this coming August. Secondly my book is translated into Chinese by the College of Veterinary Medicine Jilin University China and will probably be on the market late 2019.
The motor behind this is Professor Doctoral Supervisor Zhang Naisheng, who is presently working at the College of Veterinary Medicine Jilin University China. He is also Vice president of horse branch of Chinese association of animal science and veterinary medicine; Vice president of large animal internal medicine of Chinese association of animal science and veterinary medicine and President of animal treatment of Chinese association of animal science and veterinary medicine. The person I also want to thank is Maimaiti · Tuniyazi who is presently studying Equine Medicine and Behavioral Science supervised by Professor Zhang Naisheng at the College of Veterinary Medicine Jilin University China and who incited this by bringing my study and book under the attention of his mentor.
I feel very grateful to Professor Zhang Naisheng for giving me this opportunity to reach more people and therefore horses. I am looking forward to us all meeting. I hope it is a starting point for a fruitful cooperation.
My first podcast (interview) is ready to be listened to! Topics are the Calming Signals of Horses, Using Enriched Environments and doing Scentwork with horses. It was wonderful and exciting to be doing a podcast. I was lucky to have Tracy Malone as host. She has already interviewed so many interesting horse people for her podcasts “Come Along For the Ride”, that I was in safe and capable hands. Such a help and joy. Do you feel like listening? If you click on the picture or the following link you will find yourself directed to the podcast. https://comealongfortheride.com.au/episodes/ Enjoy!
I took a bit, but here they are: two communication ladders in Dutch. You can download them copy right free from: https://calmingsignalsofhorses.com/downloadpage/ It is not allowed to change the ladders. The two communication ladders resulted from the ongoing study I started in 2013. More information about the study and the ladders are given in the book “Language Signs and Calming Signals of Horses”. You can also find some information on the download page. Do you want to see how the signals come to live? Visit one of my lectures. Watching film material of interacting horses is the main activity.
A couple of months ago my book Language Signs and Calming Signals of Horses has been translated in to the Czech language and has been published by Arcaro in the Czech Republic. The largest publishing house in horse books in the Czech Republic. Due to the number of sales my book hit the first spot in the top 10 best selling books! That is so special. Thank you Arcaro publishing and ofcourse the many buyers. I am so happy that the calming signals are finding a way into your life’s with horses.
And who knows, we meet ‘live’ when I will give a weekend seminar on the 22-23 June in Brno. Day 1 is all about the calming signals and the use f them, Day 2 is all about equine mental stimulation and scent work. Organiser is Venya Bonebakker. For details and sign up: Venya@venya.sk
I am very looking forward to come.
With gratitude and a big thank you to Ute Lehmann. Thanks to her my communication ladder is translated in yet another language: Danish. You can download the ladder copyright free from my website. https://calmingsignalsofhorses.com/downloadpage/
Ute Lehmann has been engaged fulltime in teaching and improving communication skills between humans and horses since 1996. She offers clinics and workshops in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Germany, talking fluently Danish, English and German. Her work is based on friendly, reasonable communication and problem solving through wisely planned set ups. All students and equines are welcome and all lessons are given on an individual level.
Ute has published the books ‘In Harmoni med Hesten’ and ‘Kunsten at ride uden bid’ in Danish language and ‘Reiten ohne Gebiss’ in German language.
Enclosed some impression pictures (from Nina Bien) from two lectures I gave in The Netherlands. One was in Nistelrode, organiser was Irene Smeets from Kings-Crossing. The other was in Bemelen, Carin Breukers- Les2Chevaux was the one inviting me there. Thank you Irene and Carin! In the coming months there will be more opportunities to see me in The Netherlands. On the 13th of April Irene Smeets will organise another of my Calming Signals lecture, location is Beesd. On the 11th of May Bertine Koelman will organise a Calming Signals Lecture of me in Den Ham. Language spoken will be Dutch. For info and sign up see: https://calmingsignalsofhorses.com/calendar/
Iris Starnberger has started the New Year productively. Apart from her regular work at her own company “Zuckerbrot”, she has also translated two of my communication ladders into German. If you want to use these ladders, they can be downloaded copyright-free from my website
at Downloads In the chapter down loads you can also find background information and tips .
Do you want to know more about Iris Starnberger, PhD? She is based in Vienna, Austria. She is a zoologist specializing in signal evolution and multimodal communication and a certified animal trainer and behaviour consultant using science-based and animal-friendly methods. Iris gives private lessons and talks and is available for clinics in Austria and abroad. She is especially interested in medical training, gymnastic work for horses and in resolving problematic behaviour. Thank you, Iris!
Coming up soon: the Danish ladders, translated by Ute Lehmann.
I feel very grateful to Horsemanship Journal and Theresa McCaffrey for making such an amazing podcast. Topic: Calming signals of Horses. What a beautiful narrative performance of Sarah Jane Rose
With a big thank you to Susanna Hämäläinen and Nina Mäki-Kihniä for your efforts and perfectionism to find the exact right Finnish words, and ofcourse my publisher CRC Press, two of my communication ladders are translated into Finnish. The two communication ladders are ‘Fight-Flight’ and ‘Recovery after Tension and Shock’. You can find them at sub header Downloads and download them for free. In the chapter down loads you can also find background information and tips.
Thank you Suzanne Rogers from Learning about animals for inviting me to lecture on Calming signals and language signs of horses and equine mental stimulation and scentwork. It was exciting to be able to share my findings on equine scentwork. What a great audience. I loved your enthusiasm and eagerness to learn.
I feel so privileged being able to share the knowledge of my study, meet people and travel. Last weekend was no exception to that, when I was invited to lecture at Pori Finland. Initiator was Susanna Hämäläinen, organiser was Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK University) by Hanna Tuominen. The audience consisted of a large group of veterinarian physiotherapists from SAMK University, a group of people who were very familiar with the calming signals of horses, having been taught them by Susanna Hämäläinen. There were teachers (also from institutes), behaviour consultants, horse owners. But above all, there were all horse lovers who are actively involved in finding new ways to improve their relationship, socialisation, communication and training of horses. There were a lot of indebt questions and great observations. And above all a great vibe. A very nice other personal touch for me was meeting Susanna Hämäläinen, Nina Mäki-Kihnia and Hanna Tuominen, persons I have been mailing with and working with for months and who I got to meet real life for the first time. What a joy. Thank you so much Hanna Tuominen from Satakunta University of Applied Sciences for the perfect organisation. Thank you Rita Peltola and Virpi Tunninen for taking pictures.