Mental Stimulation & Scentwork for Horses

1-day theory with films and pictures or 1 day theory with films and pictures & live demonstrations

“A reduction in stress, less spooky reactions, a feeling of wellbeing and pleasure, a better socialisation, better use of the body. These are some advantages of the use of mental stimulation and scentwork for horses. Speaking is Rachaël Draaisma. During her day lecture ‘Mental Stimulation & Scentwork with horses’ she will show you how you can use both disciplines in your life and work with horses. You will get theory and are shown many photos and films (or live demonstrations) . After this lecture you are able to start yourself. This day is a logic follow-up from the lecture Calming Signals of Horses’. Some topics we cover:

Part 1: Mental stimulation

• What is mental stimulation
• What effect does it have on the development of the horse, his behaviour and brain• How can you optimize exercises, what are pitfalls.
• How to use mental stimulation as a primary tool when (re)socialising and training horses
• How to use mental stimulation when solving behavioural issues. A study case of a horse with separation anxiety is being shown on film

Part 2: Scentwork with horses
• Why is scentwork so beneficial for horses?
• From scent molecule to brain signal, what happens when you scent?
• Advantages from scentwork on the behaviour and wellbeing of horses
• Bio mechanic; the advantages of scentwork on the development of the horses’ body
• How to get started? What do you need
• How to lay a track
• What challenges do I encounter? How do I solve these
• We follow several horses that are taught to follow a footstep track.

This lecture is full of pictures and films to make sure you get a varied  and broad spectrum of domesticated horses who are taught to do scent tracking or are offered mental stimulation. 

 Scentwork for Horses

1-day filled with theory and practical sessions

During this day you will emerge yourself in ‘Scentwork for Horses”. You will get theory and are shown many pictures and films, but we will also be working with live horses. The theoretical parts will alternate with those practical parts. After this lecture yo are able to start scentork for horses by yourself. Some of the topics we cover:

• Why is scentwork so beneficial for horses?
• From scent molecule to brain signal, what happens when you scent?
• Advantages from scentwork on the behaviour and wellbeing of horses
• Bio mechanic; the advantages of scentwork on the development of the horses’ body
• How to get started? What do you need
• How to lay a track
• What challenges do I encounter? How do I solve these
• We follow several horses that are taught to follow a footstep track.

After this lecture you will know more about the scent abilities of the horse. You know more on the several advantages scentwork has for the horse, on his wellbeing, his body and brain, You are able to start doing scentwork with horses yourself.

Scentwork: a new discipline in human-equine interventions

1-day theory with films and pictures or 1 day theory with films and pictures & live demonstrations

Teamwork, letting go of control, being physically near without being to close, practising impulse control, paying attention to the other, fun for horse and human. 

These are only a few advantages of incorporating scentwork in your work as equine therapist or coach.

This day is specially aimed for professionals who work in various forms of equine facilitated interventions and learning. Who want to discover this new discipline and incorporate it in their equine-human interventions. This day consists of theoretical and practical parts. This day has multiple goals.

During the practical’s:

  • Show you how you can teach your horse to do scent tracking
  • Show you, and have you experience which scent exercises are very usable in your sessions

During the theoretical session’s:

  • The advantages scentwork has for horse and human and their relationship are discussed
  • We discuss why and which scentwork exercises lend themselves very well with particular clients

After this day you are ready to explore scentwork exercises with your horse(s). Or do this together with your clients. You have also experienced several scentwork exercises, which you can implement tailor made to a client in sessions.

Scentwork Lessons: from start to Equine Search and Recue (SAR)

1-day, multiple days or combined weekends full of practical lessons

This day, or multiple day’s or combined weekends are all about practicing scentwork. In small groups of maximum 10 attendants we will guide combinations into the level of scentwork they are at. It might be when you are just starting out and want to have support in the beginning stages of scent tracking. Or further down the line, when you feel like you encounter a challenge and you need live support.
It is also a possibility to book multiple days and weekends to further educate your horse, with the goal to find missing persons. (Equine search and rescue).

General Information

Costs

For a full day:  between 750,- and 900,-  euro  (excluding VAT) depending on the travel distance.  Travel costs, sleeping accommodation and costs for food and drinks should be taken care of by the host.

Equipment needed

An overhead projector, a whiteboard or flip chart and a table and chair. The time table can vary, but never more than 8 hours per day, and ending no later than 6 pm. 

When working with horses, these horses are at home at the  venue the event is taking place. The number of attendants should be to that amount that the horses can handle them and viewers have good sight at the arena’s. The horse is always leading in the programs.