Focus Courses

Equuscience™ Focus Course:

The Neurobiology of Learning

Group of Belorussian horses outdoor in a meadow in summertime.

Dr. Steve Peters and Sarah Schlote

Sunday, December 3, 2023

8am – 11am PST (3 hours)

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 moderate 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 3 months following the end of the course. Please review the Audio Visual Release and Waiver prior to completing your registration.

Who is this course 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!

BIPOC scholarship program:

For Black, Indigenous, or other persons of colour who are interested in this program who face marginalization and financial 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 and payment must be received to secure your spot in the course.

Cancellations and Refunds

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 3 months 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.

If the focus course needs to be cancelled in its entirety, we will issue a 100% refund due to the inconvenience (if the program had to be rescheduled entirely) or a partial refund (prorated based on the content that occurred before the interruption).

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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