The horse whisperer

Renowned animal behaviorist to give horse clinic near Cranbrook.

Dr. Andrew McLean and friend.

World renowned Animal Behaviorist Dr. Andrew McLean is touring North America this fall. After two horse clinics in the Okanagan, he will visit Cranbrook, where he will do a presentation, as well as demonstrations on the topics of understanding how horses learn, and how we can use this knowledge to become better trainers and riders.

After Cranbrook, Dr. McLean will be presenting in Georgia in the U.S.

McLean’s training methods are based on the scientific study of horse psychology, biomechanics and animal behavior. He has a PhD in Equine cognition and learning, and is the president of International Society for Equitation Science and winner of the highest Australian Science award, the Eureka Prize.

McLean has written several books, and is a rider who has competed internationally.  Horse Council BC, the BC provincial equestrian organization, invited Dr. McLean to speak at their 2012 conference. He holds equine learning seminars worldwide: Australia, the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Europe.

Dr. McLean’s training methods are based on scientific principles. For example, he trains using the removal of pressure or discomfort when the horse gives the correct response. His methods avoid nagging, inescapable pain and fear, as these interfere with equine learning. He promotes progressive step by step training with clear aids and stresses that a good start is most important.

His AEBC foundation training program, based on how your horse learns, was developed through years of research and experience.

Dr. McLean will be presenting in Cranbrook at the Heritage Inn and at Twin Lakes arena, on Oct. 25 and 26, 2012.

For more information contact Arlene at 250-489-5923 or sprucetreeranch@xplornet.ca.