Focus Courses

Equuscience™ Focus Course:

The Neurobiology of Learning June 2024

Group of Belorussian horses outdoor in a meadow in summertime.

Saturday June 15, 2024

8am – 11:30am Pacific Daylight Time (3.5 hours)

This class will be recorded so you can watch after the fact.

Join us as we focus our attention on understanding some of the science behind how horses (and humans!) learn. This class will cover the connections between emotion and learning, relevant brain anatomy and neurochemistry, how learning occurs all the way down to a cellular level, and the role of emotional arousal in neuroplasticity. We will also discuss how misconceptions about the nervous system can lead to misunderstandings related to horse training, setting optimal conditions for learning, and the importance of tracking somatic patterning, thresholds, and state shifts within a neuroception of safety.

Students will have access to the recording for 1year following the end of the course. Please review the Audio Visual Release and Waiver prior to completing your registration.

Course information

You may attend the focus course live or watch the recording after the fact at a time that is more convenient for you. New in 2024-2025: You will have access to the video recording for 1 year after the end of the focus course.

  • The course starts at 8am Pacific / 9am Mountain / 11am Eastern. Please cross-reference with a time zone conversion tool to ensure you know which time and date the modules will be where you are located.
  • Upon registration, you will receive a welcome email with instructions as well as the linkto the Zoom meeting room. Please check spam in case you don’t find this email (it will be sent to the email address that you used to create your PayPal account).
  • We send reminder emails out before the focus course.
  • The link to the recording is usually sent out the week following the course (please allow 5 business days following the date of the course before contacting us to inquire about the recording link).
  • Note: We do not have the capacity to provide individual extensions to any Equuscience™ recordings at this time. We intend to build a platform that will streamline access the recordings and renew access via subscription in the future.

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Who is this for?

This focus course is geared towards a general audience. Horse, donkey, mule, and hinny lovers of all walks of life have taken the course, as have equestrians in various disciplines. Also, professionals in different scopes of practice, such as horse trainers, natural horsemanship instructors, clicker trainers, riding coaches, equine bodyworkers, equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning facilitators, animal communicators, veterinary health providers, therapeutic riding instructors, and so on are also welcome!

  • Instruction: This course is taught in traditional webinar style to a larger number of registrants, and uses a mix of slides, lecture, and Q&A. Sarah and Steve each teach their own material each module and have different teaching styles.
  • Flow: This is a general education coursefor an audience with a wide variety of backgrounds. The pacing may be just right for some students but not for others. Similarly, we cover a wide range of content, some of which may be familiar and some of which may be new, depending on the person. The focus is primarily top-down learning with a few bottom-up components added in. Registrants are encouraged to re-watch the video recording at their own pace based on their learning needs.

BIPOC scholarship program:
For Black, Indigenous, or other persons of colour who are interested in this program who face marginalization and inequity due to race / racialized trauma, please contact us to inquire about our scholarship program:


Payment is by credit card, and the link is at the bottom of the page to register. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Payment in full is required in order to reserve your spot. We do not have a platform that allows us to offer payment plans at the present time (this is part of our intended future platform). Payment by credit card allows participants to pay off the course registration in instalments in a customized way that works for their respective situations.

Student cancellations
No refunds are offered for this focus course. Students who are unable to attend live due to unforeseen circumstances, time zone differences, medical issues, or other barriers will have 1 year to watch the recording. Similarly, if there is a power outage or service outage affecting our ability to deliver the course, or one of the instructors faces an emergency, the focus course will be rescheduled and students who are unable to attend the rescheduled date live will be able to access the recording after the fact.

Instructor cancellations or rescheduling
On occasion, a course may be affected by reasons beyond our control, such as due to instructor illness or emergency or a technical issue (e.g., an internet, power, or Zoom service outage). In these cases, we may need to reschedule the course. Because the course is recorded to accommodate the many students who cannot attend live, no refunds will be provided in the event that a focus course needs to be rescheduled, as the content will still be made available.

If the focus course needs to be cancelled in its entirety, two options are possible: (1) you may defer your registration and the entirety of your registration fee payment (without penalty or administrative fees, at no additional cost) to a future Equuscience™ focus courseof the same value taking place in the next year (from the start date of the event in question that was cancelled or rescheduled). We are considering additional dates pending demand, but we can make no guarantees about the availability or dates of future offerings. Or (2) if you prefer, we will issue a 100% refund due to the inconvenience (if the focus course had to be cancelled entirely).

USD $129.00

Please contact us to inquire about our scholarship for Black, Indigenous, and other People of Colour who face economic disparities due to racism and racialized trauma.

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Offer expires June 13 at noon Eastern Daylight Time