Equuscience Master Class:

A trauma-informed and evidence-based lens on horse-human relationships

Join us live monthly from November 2021 to May 2022, with access to the recordings for later viewing if you have to miss a webinar. Check your spam folder in case you do not see an email from us with the Zoom instructions.

This webinar series will be recorded. Please review the Audio Visual Release and Waiver prior to completing your registration.

SOLD OUT For Black, Indigenous, and other persons of colour who experience marginalization due to race, please contact us to discuss scholarship opportunities.

Relationships can be among the hardest and most rewarding parts of life. 

They have the potential to bring such joy and yet also can also yield challenges that put us up against the edges of our own knowledge, awareness, and capacity.

This is especially true for horse-human relationships.

We believe that any course that helps people better understand horses will also ideally help people better understand themselves. 

In fact, we cannot remove ourselves from the equation when trying to understand domesticated horses, who live in human-oriented worlds.

But how do we make sense of the vast amount of information out there?

The amount of interest in trauma and attachment has skyrocketed in recent years, and there have been fascinating research discoveries and advancements in neuroscience that have changed our understanding of horses and humans.

But not all of this information is readily accessible or easily understandable.

Articles can be hard to find and heavy neuroscience jargon can be a turn-off.

If your eyes glaze over or you find yourself re-reading the same paragraphs over and over, you are not alone.

It is complicated terrain, and you may have found yourself feeling daunted or overwhelmed, wondering where to begin.

We are excited to be your tour guides on this adventure.

Peter Levine, founder of Somatic Experiencing®, says that maps are not the terrain but that they sure are helpful to get around.

We will be sharing a number of useful maps with you to help you better understand yourself and your horse.

We will also be translating complicated concepts so that you become more fluent, and bridging head knowledge into a more practical and bodily felt sense of knowing as you explore and navigate this fascinating geography with (hopefully!) greater ease and confidence.

Come join us!

This webinar series will be recorded. Please review the Audio Visual Release and Waiver prior to completing your registration.

SOLD OUT For Black, Indigenous, and other persons of colour who experience marginalization due to race, please contact us to discuss scholarship opportunities.

Master Class Outline

All modules are 2.5 hours and start at 7am Pacific / 8am Mountain / 10am Eastern.

Module 1: Neurophysiology and Neurochemistry

November 6, 2021

  • Series introduction
  • Trauma and interspecies social justice as a lens
  • Comparing horse and human brains
  • Brain anatomy and function
  • Live dissection of horse brain
  • Neurotransmitters as chemical messengers
  • Brain map and model for understanding nervous system states

Module 2: Neuroception and the “Ponyvagal” Theory

December 4, 2021

  • Neuroception and the felt sense of safety
  • Oppressed bodies and their felt sense of the world
  • The role of the vagus nerve
  • The dials: A 3-branch nervous system
  • Safety, danger, life threat
  • Arousal, activation, and blended states
  • Safety and survival responses map

Module 3: Neuroplasticity and Trauma

January 8, 2022

  • Research on adversity in humans and horses (ACEs and AESEs)
  • Epigenetics and gene expression
  • Impacts of imprints: Early trauma, health, and behaviour
  • Captivity conditions and coping: Management strategies
  • “Vices”: Misjudging survival adaptations
  • Adopting a trauma lens on resilience
  • Creating optimal conditions to support desired outcomes


Module 4: Co-Regulation and Attachment

February 5, 2022

  • From auto-regulation to co-regulation
  • Self and other: Neuroception and relationships
  • Attachment theory and research in humans and horses
  • How early trauma affects horsemanship methods
  • Relationship challenges: Re-enactments, projection, and gaslighting
  • Transference and counter-transference in equine settings
  • Resonance and coherence


Module 5: Window of Tolerance and Self-Regulation

March 5, 2022

  • The window of tolerance and the “faux” window maps
  • Flooding and overriding beyond thresholds
  • Titration and thresholds map
  • Activation and deactivation cycles
  • Somatic awareness
  • Tracking sequences
  • Equestrian-related trauma


Module 6: Interspecies Integration

April 2, 2022

  • Applying this material to horsemanship methods and learning theory
  • Moving beyond behaviourism
  • Setting the conditions: The humane hierarchy
  • Supporting safety to cultivate curiosity
  • Healing ourselves, healing our horses
  • Trauma-informed horsemanship principles
  • Referrals and recommended resources


Module 7: Case Applications

June 11, 2022 *Date rescheduled

  • Featuring a selection of case examples submitted by participants 
  • Reviewing cases through the lens of the material learned in the master class
  • Practical application of the material
  • Respecting the limits of your scope of practice
  • Shifting towards greater embodiment of the learning

Register Here for $499.99 USD

You can join us live or watch the recordings after the fact at a time that works better for you.

This webinar series will be recorded. Please review the Audio Visual Release and Waiver prior to completing your registration.

SOLD OUT For Black, Indigenous, and other persons of colour who experience marginalization due to race, please contact us to discuss scholarship opportunities.

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