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The TalkEquine Library gives an overview of all the past webinars hosted by TalkEquine. This includes titles from our Clinical Animal Behaviour Case Study, Health and Behaviour and Research webinars.

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Our case study webinars are developed for equine behaviourists, and those working towards becoming a behaviourist. The case study topics are also relevant for other equine professionals and anyone with an interest in equine behaviour.

Each research webinar focuses on a recent project funded by The Horse Trust. Delivered by the researchers themselves, they tell us about their motivation, methods, results and how this can improve or inform equine welfare. Research webinars are aimed at all equine professionals and anyone with an interest in equine research.

The aim of these webinars is to provide student, trainee and registered Clinical Animal Behaviourists with evidence-based CPD to develop their understanding of specific medical conditions and how they can impact on the horse’s behaviour.
These webinars may also be useful to other equine professionals, and anyone with an interest in equine behaviour.

TalkEquine Health and Behaviour

Welfare Minded Equine Weight Management

Presented by Roxane Kirton

Veterinary Behaviourist, Roxane Kirton,  discusses the impact that weight management systems can have on a horse’s quality of life. It is not sufficient for weight management strategies to simply be effective; they must also support giving the horse the best possible quality of life, and at least a life worth living. During the webinar, Roxane discusses how to critically evaluate common weight management systems and how best to balance horses’ health and ethological needs when designing weight management plans.

Price: £12.50

TalkEquine Research

Learning on the blink: Novel physiological predictors of learning and cognition in horses

Presented by Louise Evans

We were delighted to welcome Louise Evans for ‘Learning on the blink: Novel physiological predictors of learning and cognition in horses’, a TalkEquine Research webinar.

This webinar takes you through the story of Louise’s PhD project, which investigates how individual learning ability in horses can be predicted using novel physiological methods. Louise, who is supervised by recent TalkEquine presenter Dr Carrie Ijichi, explains how they put a group of horses through a series of cognitive tasks in order to answer important questions about equine learning. You’ll learn about a ‘blinking interesting’ method of measuring brain processes, watch horses play Simon Says, and hear how a group of horses were able to outsmart the researchers! Louise shares their exciting new results and discusses how these findings can be applied to horse training, management and welfare.

Aimed at all equine professionals and everyone with an interest in equine research.

Original date of recording: Wednesday 13th December 2023

Price: FREE

TalkEquine Clinical Animal Behaviour Case Study

A case of a 2 year old filly who presented with aggressive behaviour

Presented by Jenni Nellist

Clinical Animal Behaviourist, Jenni Nellist, discusses a two-year-old filly who presented with aggressive behaviour. The filly had been found on a common without her dam at 24 hours old and was subjected to aggressive behaviour from entire males. During the webinar, Jenni explores how the filly’s behaviour had been influenced by stress, health, and social and sexual development.

Our case study webinars are developed for equine behaviourists, and those working towards becoming a behaviourist. The case study topics are also relevant for other equine professionals and anyone with an interest in equine behaviour.

Original date of recording: Wednesday 6th December 2023

Price: £12.50

TalkEquine Clinical Animal Behaviour Case Study

A case of an eventing mare who developed severe stress responses following veterinary treatment

Presented by Dr Gemma Pearson

Dr Gemma Pearson, RCVS specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine (Equine) discusses a case involving an eventing mare who developed severe stress responses following veterinary treatment. This led to a breakdown in the relationship with her owners and any human in proximity to her. Gemma discusses how to develop a differential diagnosis, the veterinary investigations required in this case, and the behaviour modification plan developed for the mare.
Our case study webinars are developed for equine behaviourists, and anyone working towards this goal. The case study topics are also relevant for other equine professionals and anyone with an interest in equine behaviour.
Original date of recording: Wednesday 15th November 2023

Price: £12.50

TalkEquine Research

I feel your pain: the importance of recognising individual differences in animal pain responses

Presented by Dr Carrie Ijichi

We were delighted to welcome Dr Carrie Ijichi for TalkEquine Research webinar ‘I feel your pain: the importance of recognising individual differences in animal pain responses’.
Carrie takes us through the story of her research over the last 10 years which aims to understand how animals respond to painful conditions and how we can get better at recognising their needs as individuals. Viewers learn about horses making ‘lame excuses’, dogs who get hot under the collar after castration and finally hear about the most recent study (funded by The Horse Trust) which shows us there is nothing ‘routine’ about castration for horses. Each project reflects on how varied tolerance to pain is and how animals let us know when they’re in pain with links to their personality.
Aimed at all equine professionals and everyone with an interest in equine research.
Original date of recording: Wednesday 25th October 2023

Price: FREE

TalkEquine Health and Behaviour

Under the Skin: links between skin disease and behaviour issues in the horse

Presented by Dr Amber Batson

Dr Amber Batson MRCVS discusses the links between skin disease and behaviour issues in the horse.

Amber explores how the skin, as one of the largest organs in the equine body, can influence emotional responses, in part due to its direct links with the gut and immune system. Many skin diseases are associated with significant inflammation and intense itchiness, and Amber explains how these can affect behaviour. She discusses important issues such as how we can recognise skin disease as a potential part of a behaviour case, and what tools a vet might use to use to make a diagnosis or assess the relevance of skin disease to a case. Towards the end of the webinar, Amber presents case studies involving horses with skin disease.

The aim of these webinars is to provide student, trainee and registered Clinical Animal Behaviourists with evidence-based CPD to further develop their understanding of specific medical conditions and how they can impact on the horse’s behaviour, both in terms of the direct physical/behavioural impact, but also how having the condition can affect other areas of the horse’s life.

These webinars may also be useful to other equine professionals, and anyone with an interest in equine behaviour.

Original date of recording: Wednesday 20th September 2023

Price: £12.50

TalkEquine Clinical Animal Behaviour Case Study

Comparing case outcomes in horses/ponies that present with a significant fear of people

Presented by Kayna Prescott

In this webinar, Clinical Animal Behaviourist, Kayna Prescott, compares case outcomes in horses/ponies that present with a significant fear of people.

Kayna shares the training journey of a pony who had an unknown history but presented with a significant fear of people. She reviews other equine cases with similar presentations that had different outcomes in terms of behaviour resolution, to consider how the animal’s history, environment and past handling can affect his/her progress. The case is ongoing and highlights the importance of having a training plan, working effectively with other professionals, and monitoring behaviour over time.

Original date of recording: Wednesday 12th July 2023

Price: £12.50

TalkEquine Research

Caring for the older horse: using research into owners’ and vets’ experiences to improve older horses care

Presented by Dr Rebecca Smith

We are pleased to have welcomed Dr Rebecca Smith who reports on her 3-year qualitative study which included interviews with owners and vets who had experience of caring for an older horse. Rebecca discusses how vet-owner interactions shaped the vet’s role in horse care and how ethically challenging situations can arise when caring for the older horse. Rebecca reports her findings and their potential to help vets and owners better provide care for horses as they age.

This webinar is useful for anyone working with owners caring for older horses and those interested in understanding more about vet-owner relationships.

Original date of recording: Wednesday 22nd June 2023

Price: FREE

TalkEquine Clinical Animal Behaviour Case Study

Dealing with a rescue pony who presented with a significant fear of humans

Presented by Loni Loftus

Loni presents a case study involving a rescue pony taken into a welfare charity as part of a large hoarding case. The pony presented with significant fear of humans, having lived unhandled in an owned herd since birth. Loni discusses relevant history, differential diagnosis, the behaviour modification programme, and the outcome of the case. This case highlights the complexities of working with horses and ponies who have suffered prior trauma. Video footage is shown demonstrating the behaviours and techniques used to improve the pony’s emotional and behavioural responses to people and handling.

By the end of the webinar delegates will have enhanced their understanding of how horses can develop fear responses to humans, the differential diagnostic principles associated with equine behavioural cases, and treatment modalities appropriate for horses with prior trauma.

Original date of recording: Wednesday 14th June 2023

Price: £12.50

TalkEquine Health and Behaviour

Let sleeping ponies lie: sleep and sleep disorders in horses

Presented by Dr Gemma Pearson

Dr Gemma Pearson, RCVS specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine (Equine),  explores what we know about normal and abnormal sleep in horses, and its importance for welfare. She then discusses the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders in horses, including sleep deprivation collapse. Towards the end of the webinar, Gemma discusses real-life case studies involving horses who have experienced sleep disorders.

The aim of these webinars is to provide student, trainee and registered Clinical Animal Behaviourists with evidence-based training to develop their understanding of specific medical conditions and how they can impact on the horse’s behaviour, both in terms of the direct physical/behavioural impact, but also how having the condition can affect other areas of the horse’s life.

This webinar may also be useful to other equine professionals, and anyone with an interest in equine behaviour.

Original date of recording: Wednesday 24th May 2023

Price: £12.50

TalkEquine Clinical Animal Behaviour Case Study

Dealing with a recently purchased mare who exhibited challenging behaviour when her owner tried to put on her bridle

Presented by Jenni Nellist

Jenni discusses a case involving a recently purchased mare who exhibited challenging behaviour when her owner tried to put on her bridle.

In addition to the bridling issue, the mare also presented with intermittent box walking and weaving when stabled, and the vet struggled to examine her due to her apparent fear of men. This case provides an example of how liaising with the referring vet throughout behaviour modification increases the likelihood of further successful veterinary examination and treatment, whilst working towards the owner’s goals and aspirations.

During the webinar, Jenni discusses relevant history, differential diagnosis, the behaviour modification programme, and the outcome of the case.

Original date of recording: Wednesday 10th May 2023

Price: £12.50

TalkEquine Clinical Animal Behaviour Case Study

 Dealing with a pony who bucked three times within a week, causing her young rider to fall from her

Presented by Dr Helen Spence

Helen discusses a case involving a pony who bucked three times within a week, causing her young rider to fall from her. The pony then subsequently became very fearful of the child, the tack and being in the stable with a human. Helen discusses the case in terms of fear, phobia and trauma, looking closely at the history and the subsequent treatment and behaviour modification. She discusses whether or not cases involving children should be treated differently from those with adults, how we manage the restrictions due to size of pony, ability of rider etc. It also includes the importance of safeguarding, thinking about how we manage expectations, and awareness and understanding of the problem for both children and parents.

During the webinar, Helen discusses relevant history, differential diagnosis, the behaviour modification programme, and the outcome of the case.

Original date of recording: Wednesday 19th April 2023

Price: £12.50

TalkEquine Research

Life at livery: how livery yard managers and the equine community can collaborate to improve equine welfare

Presented by Dr Tamzin Furtado

Are you an equine professional? Do you work with owners whose horses are kept on livery yards? If so, this Talk Equine webinar is for you.

Talk Equine, with The Horse Trust, welcomed Dr Tamzin Furtado who will report on an in depth, two-year study, exploring the role of livery yard management in the UK. Tamzin provides practical strategies for yard managers, professionals and clients to work together more effectively, with the ultimate aim of improving equine wellbeing.

Price: FREE

TalkEquine Clinical Animal Behaviour Case Study

Dealing with a retired racehorse who kicked his stable, causing injury to himself and damage to the stable

Presented by Kayna Prescott

Kayna discusses a case involving a retired racehorse who was kicking his stable, causing injury to himself and damage to the stable. The behaviour was showing signs of becoming repetitive. Kicking and biting was also being shown towards his owners during specific handling tasks. This was a complex case, highlighting the importance of environmental management in a behaviour modification plan.

During the webinar, Kayna discusses relevant history, differential diagnosis, the behaviour modification programme, and the outcome of the case.

Original date of recording: Wednesday 15th February 2023

Price: £12.50

TalkEquine Clinical Animal Behaviour Case Study

Dealing with a gelding who started life as an orphaned foal and became very difficult to handle

Presented by Anna Haines

Anna discusses a complex case involving a gelding who started life as an orphaned foal and became very difficult to handle.

The gelding displayed aggressive behaviours towards handlers, which had caused physical injuries, reared when handled, struck out at handlers, performed unwanted chewing behaviours on objects and people, and chased people in the field. A primary goal of this case was to make it safer for people to handle him. Euthanasia was a consideration if his behaviour could not be modified, for the safety of his handlers. This was a complex, long-term case requiring considerable ongoing support.

During the webinar, Anna discusses relevant history, differential diagnosis, the behaviour modification programme, and the outcome of the case.

Original date of recording: Wednesday 19th October 2022

Price: £12.50

TalkEquine Clinical Animal Behaviour Case Study

Dealing with a gelding who presented with refusal and reluctance to move forward under saddle in the owner’s outdoor school

Presented by Jenni Nellist

Jenni discusses a gelding who presented with refusal and reluctance to move forward under saddle in the owner’s outdoor school.

Many efforts had been made to address the behaviours, including different riders, use of the whip and spurs, and a change of environment. However, these only served to make the behaviour worse in the school. Jenni will discuss how the behaviour developed, her behavioural assessment, the treatment plan and the outcome of the case.

During the webinar, Jenni helps viewers distinguish between potential motivations for the unwanted behaviour, and explain how learning theory and the natural behaviour of horses interact in schooling the riding horse. She explains how she safely and effectively addressed the horse’s underlying motivation and created the desired behaviour without causing him more stress and discomfort. Jenni also helps viewers gain a deeper understanding of how horses’ coping strategies interact with equitation.

Original date of recording: Wednesday 17th August 2022

Price: £12.50

TalkEquine Research

Strangles: Monitoring and Managing the Menace – a Session with the Experts 

Presented by Richard Newton, Abbi McGlennon and Andie McPherson

Strangles continues to cause misery for horses and cost for owners. What can we all do to stem the spread?
If you work with horses or horse owners and want to safeguard equine health and welfare, this FREE webinar is for you.
We were pleased to welcome Richard Newton (EIDS Epidemiologist), Abbi McGlennon (RVC PhD student) and Andie McPherson (Campaigns Manager at Redwings) to speak on the topic.
• Learn how the science is informing our practices and find out what’s next for Strangles research
• Find out about effective biosecurity and effective management
• Gain skills to support horse owners
Original date of recording: Wednesday 1st June 2022

Price: FREE

TalkEquine Clinical Animal Behaviour Case Study

Dealing with a horse whose spooky behaviour and bucking led to a rider fall and injury

Presented by Dr Helen Spence

Helen discusses how she used differential diagnosis to assess the horse’s behaviour, and the subsequent diagnosis of kissing spines, which required surgery. In this webinar, Helen helps viewers further develop their understanding of the complexity of interaction between pain and behaviour, and how fixing one does not necessarily automatically fix the other. Rehabilitation in this case was not straight forward and she helps viewers recognise behavioural indicators of equine fatigue and discomfort during rehabilitation training, and how these can be used to inform the pace of progress.

Original date of recording: Wednesday 5th May 2022

Price: £12.50

TalkEquine Clinical Animal Behaviour Case Study

Dealing with a horse that was highly aversive to loading

Presented by Dr Gemma Pearson

Gemma initially looks at approaches used to retrain horses to load into a lorry or trailer, and what evidence we currently have for these. She then focuses on a complex case involving a mare that was highly aversive to loading. Gemma discusses relevant history, differential diagnoses, and the behaviour modification programme. The case brings together many different contributing factors and Gemma explains how she developed a shaping plan to address them all, and how it was implemented over a prolonged period of time to achieve a happy horse and happy owner.

Price: £12.50

TalkEquine Clinical Animal Behaviour Case Study

Dealing with a horse who displayed owner-directed aggression

Presented by Hannah Donovan

The horse was purchased as the perfect eventer, but started to display very dangerous behaviour with every aspect of handling, including anybody walking past his stable. This presentation discusses relevant history, differential diagnosis, the behaviour modification programme, and the outcome of the case.

Original date of recording: Wednesday 3rd March 2022

Price: £12.50

TalkEquine Clinical Animal Behaviour Case Study

Dealing with a donkey who was fearful of being caught and handled, and displayed defensive aggression

Presented by Kayna Prescott

In this case, the donkey had been relinquished to The Donkey Sanctuary and was fearful of being caught and handled by people, and displayed defensive aggression towards handlers.

Kayna briefly discusses behavioural differences between horses and donkeys, and then go on to cover relevant history (where known), differential diagnoses, the behaviour modification programme and how it was delivered, and what the outcome of the case was.

This case study is invaluable to anyone working towards their CAB assessment as you could be asked questions about the behaviour of donkeys as well as horses.

Original date of recording: Wednesday 17th November 2022

Price: £12.50

TalkEquine Clinical Animal Behaviour Case Study

Dealing with a dressage horse that required advanced dental treatment but was refractory to veterinary care

Presented by Dr Gemma Pearson

Gemma discusses a dressage horse that required advanced dental treatment but was refractory to any veterinary care. General anaesthesia to undertake dental work was considered but this was not ideal as he required 6 monthly treatments.

This presentation discusses the relevant history, differential diagnosis, the behaviour modification programme and the outcome of the case.

Original date of recording: Wednesday 27th October 2021

Price: £12.50

TalkEquine Clinical Animal Behaviour Case Study

Dealing with a case of agoraphobia and separation anxiety

Presented by Jenni Nellist

The behaviour problem presented as being difficult to lead to and from the field and calling, pacing the fence when a particular mare companion was led away, and leaving the group at other times and weaving and frequent urination at the fence closest to the yard. The mare was able to completely relax and settle in the stable.

Original date of recording: Wednesday 15th September 2021

Price: £12.50

TalkEquine Clinical Animal Behaviour Case Study

Dealing with a welfare case who was difficult to catch and exhibited marked aggression

Presented by Charlotte Wheeler-Launder, Nicola Housby-Skeggs and Dr Gemma Pearson

Please note, the sound quality of this recording is compromised at some parts which is reflected in the price. 

This webinar presents the multidisciplinary team approach taken to dealing with this complex case, which involved a veterinary behaviourist, trainee clinical animal behaviourist, veterinary surgeon and members of the equine care team. The team also discusses how the condition of the mare at seizure, and the seizure itself, impacted on her in both the short and long-term. This case became a catalyst for change in how welfare cases are approached and we will discuss the interesting combination of physical and psychological issues this case presented with.

Original date of recording: Wednesday 30th June 2021

Price: £3

TalkEquine Clinical Animal Behaviour Case Study

Dealing with a pony that was extremely difficult to catch

Presented by Anna Haines

In this webinar Anna discusses relevant history, the initial consult, differential diagnoses, how she dealt with the client, the behaviour modification programme and how it was delivered, and what the outcome of the case was.

Original date of recording: Wednesday 26th May 2021

Price: £12.50

TalkEquine Clinical Animal Behaviour Case Study

Dealing with a racehorse with behaviour issues associated with starting stalls, horse walkers and travelling

Presented by Loni Loftus

This webinar focuses on the case of a racehorse with significant issues surrounding use of the starting stalls, alongside further issues which developed around the use of the horse walker, travelling in the horsebox and passing through doorways. The main body of the presentation focuses on the development of the problems followed by the treatment protocol undertaken to resolve these issues. This case is interesting both due to the nature of the issues involved but also due to the complexities of working with performance horses in terms of treatment modalities, time frames and training styles employed.

Original date of recording: Wednesday 28th April 2021

Price: £12.50

TalkEquine Clinical Animal Behaviour Case Study

Dealing with a case that bolted under saddle

Presented by Dr Gemma Pearson

This webinar follows one of Gemma’s longest standing cases. It initially covers problems with catching when the horse arrived with his owner, followed by separation anxiety when stabled. The main body of the presentation evaluates video footage of bolting behaviour under saddle, the physical and psychological evaluation, and finally video footage of the treatment programme.

Original date of recording: Wednesday 31st March 2021

Price: £12.50

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