Online Horse Psychology (Tuesday Evening for 8 Weeks)


Bookings for 1st October 2024 Course Closes 27th September 2024,

so please be sure to book before the closing date!


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The Intelligent Horsemanship Zoom Horse Psychology Online course will be of interest to horse people of all abilities. It is taught live by Kelly Marks with support from IH Trainer, Sandra Williams, who is literally ‘in the field’ giving private lessons with horses 3 days a week.  Gain a lifetime of  equine knowledge from the comfort of your own home.  Also join  members of the IH community and achieve a whole new understanding to fully enhance your time with horses.

The course has eight one hour lessons held on eight consecutive evenings from 8:00pm – 9:00pm. There is a extra time given for anyone to answer things that come up in the Chat as well as any additional questions.  Sandra and Kelly are also available during the week to answer emails. Recordings will be available for students to watch for 7 days after each session.

The Syllabus:

  • Week 1 – Pros and Cons of using food in equine training
  • Week 2 – Recognising when it’s Pain not Brain with horses
  • Week 3 – An introduction to Behaviourism
  • Week 4 – Far Beyond Behaviourism
  • Week 5 – The Senses, Brain and how a horse understands
  • Week 6 – The Problem Solving Procedure
  • Week 7 – How do people (inadvertently) teach horses to be Bad? (and how can we unravel this?)
  • Week 8 – Solving  Real Life ‘Horse Problems’

Further Information:

Contact to discuss any of the courses – or how to use Zoom if you’re unfamiliar with it!

Each student completing the course will be issued with a certificate stating completion which may be used against future certification of the Intelligent Horsemanship Diploma and the Monty Roberts Introductory Course of Horsemanship. From here you may wish to become a Monty Roberts Instructor by completing your training at Flag is Up Farms, California or to become an Intelligent Horsemanship Recommended Trainer.

This course is also worth 4 CPD points with the BHS.

You will need to be a member of the Intelligent Horsemanship Association (if not already a member) to attend this course.



In the equine world it is common to find two types of courses, those that largely teach theory, and those that are heavily practically based. The problem with this siloed style of learning is that you might know all the theory, but not know how to “apply” this knowledge, or you might know certain training actions, but not fully understand why they are (or not) working. Intelligent Horsemanship’s Horse Psychology course is cleverly tailored to fill the unique gap between theory and practice. Kelly’s due diligence and connections with world leading experts ensures that the theory is current and on topic, whilst her involvement and connection to the horse training world means she really does know a practical solution for every situation. Whether you forgot to finish school, or you have a PhD I can guarantee that you will come home thinking WOW and energised with inspiration

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Dr Veronica Fowler

I feel that I must write to you following the weekend horse psychology course to thank you. It has to be one of the most enjoyable weekends I have had the pleasure of spending. The course material was not only fascinating but pitched at the right level and much of the material tangibly demonstrated within the breakout groups. No one was made to feel in any way awkward in the positive and negative reinforcement demonstrations and it was an admirable illustration not only of the techniques but of the timing too.”

Dr S Randell

Kelly Marks’ lecturing and demonstrations to the veterinary students at Cambridge University Department of Veterinary Medicine proved both accessible and engaging. The students varied from those who had had little or no experience in horse handling to some who were advanced riders. Her wealth of experience in horse psychology and behavior showed through as Kelly and Dr Rosie Jones from Intelligent Horsemanship identified the most useful handling techniques for veterinary surgeons in the field which puts safety first for horse, vet and handler. Kelly showed how to deal with both frightened and unhandled horses and provided training methods for the owner to prepare or improve the behavior for future occasions.”

Alison Schwabe MA BSc (retired Lecturer in Animal Husbandry) including teaching horse handling at Cambridge University Dept Veterinary Medicine


  1. Lisa Waite (verified owner)

    I have just taken part in the on-line Horse Psychology Course hosted by Kelly and Sandra. It was an interesting and informative course, presented in a professional but light hearted way, which I honestly looked forward to every Tuesday. Thank you to all of the IH team for an enjoyable and enlightening course.

  2. Jola Allaway (verified owner)

    I have recently completed an online 8-week course in horse psychology which has really helped me understand better a horse’s mentality. One of the key things I learned was how to distinguish between behavioural issues and physical ones (brain or pain). There were many hints and tips which were invaluable, each week there was preparation (homework) to be done and the sessions were interactive. There was also a WhatsApp group for participants to share information and ask questions. I would recommend.

  3. Sandra Wilson (verified owner)

    I have really enjoyed this course. There were quite a few things I had forgotten until my memory was jogged! Things such as primary and conditioned reinforcers and behaviour chaining. I enjoyed all the quizzes as I felt doing these helped me remember more. I found week 5 on The Senses was very interesting, especially the sense of smell as one of the horses at the yard I am on is doing scent work, taught by the yard owner and a retired gentleman who trained dogs for scent work. The retired dog trainer said the horse had reached a level in a few weeks that it would take a dog to reach in a few months.

  4. Laura Betney (verified owner)

    Thank you for your understanding Kelly ☺️ All being well, I’ll be there. The course is incredibly interesting, delivered by wonderful teachers and helping me to better understand and connect with our ponies 💗

  5. Isa Lobo (verified owner)

    I have really enjoyed being a part of this eight week course and I have learned so much more about how horses think and what their persepective might be in different situations and how we can help them more by learning their language. I have really enjoyed reading through all of the extras you have sent out to everyone too and taking part in the mini quiz’s and tests 😄.

  6. Wallis Allen (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed the sessions and hope to reflect on all I’ve learned with my new horse! Thanks to all, I hope to will attend other courses in the future.

  7. Susan Young (verified owner)

    This course has significantly deepened my understanding of classical and operant conditioning, the use of food rewards, and the critical nature of timing in training. It also shed light on behaviour issues linked to pain, providing a framework for assessing and addressing underlying causes. The emphasis on safety and the holistic approach to horse management were particularly impactful.

  8. Mark Hardie (verified owner)

    Thank you so much for having me on this course, as a newcomer to IH I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it’s been very informative and enjoyable. It offered a broad perspective on interacting with horses, highlighting the differences in cognition between horses and humans, and emphasizing the importance of thoughtful planning and incremental training objectives. The insights into behaviour management and the practical approach to problem-solving were invaluable.

  9. Libby Breeze (verified owner)

    This course has been transformative in my approach to training my horse Stan, emphasizing the power of positive reinforcement. By incorporating variable reinforcement, we’ve made significant strides in confidence and behaviour outside the yard. The course also highlighted the importance of timing in rewarding desirable behaviours. The guidance on improving aids has made hacking out a joy. This experience has improved my confidence in my training approach, affirming that I’m on the right path with Stan.

  10. Tracey Brymner (verified owner)

    The course has provided a plethora of insights into equine behavior and training, from the strategic use of food in training to the intricacies of behaviorism. The sessions on ‘pain or brain’ were particularly enlightening, offering a clearer understanding of physical versus behavioral issues in horses.

  11. Ali Sullivan (verified owner)

    Firstly, I’d just like to say how much I have enjoyed the calls over the last few weeks. I have learned so much, and the way you have managed to weave the theoretical aspects of the course material together with some real-life practical examples has been invaluable, so thank you very, very much. My top reminders: from the methodology of addressing behavioural issues to the significance of understanding what truly motivates and rewards a horse. The importance of generalizing a horse’s learning has been a critical takeaway, enhancing my approach to training and horse care.

  12. Kerri Stone (verified owner)

    The course’s focus on behaviourism was particularly enlightening for me. It provided a solid scientific foundation for understanding equine behaviour, enhancing my ability to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations with my horse. The quizzes reinforced my learning, making it more applicable to real-life scenarios. Additionally, the comprehensive overview of potential equine pathologies and their manifestations was invaluable. The practical insights offered by the instructors on understanding and solving behavioural issues were enlightening, though more real-life examples would further enhance the learning experience. Overall, the structured approach and the opportunity to review concepts through written materials significantly contributed to my understanding.

  13. Tracey Brymner (verified owner)

    Thank you very much for the information – I am definitely enjoying the calls and finding them really interesting and enlightening!

  14. Ali (verified owner)

    Thank you for all your hard work, a really interesting course.

  15. Cath Dunnett (verified owner)

    Thank you for this evening, I particularly liked the bit about the donkeys and processing speed, as I could relate it to my horse Wilbur – perhaps he has some donkey / mule in him.

  16. Melanie Whittaker (verified owner)

    Really enjoying the course so far. I just wanted to say thanks for an interesting and thought provoking course, I’ve learned a lot that I’ll be able to use to good effect when volunteering at Shy Lowen.

  17. Janice Milne (verified owner)

    “What I think is great about Intelligent Horsemanship is that it brings the learning from the old and the new, taking all the best points and helping us develop the best partnership we can with our horses. Kelly Marks has that rare talent of being able to bring her practical experience, knowledge and to communicate in a way which inspires and encourages.

    The learning material that is available on-line is excellent and covers a broad range of subjects. For those not able to participate in the courses in person the on-line courses/webinars are great. I am thoroughly enjoying the on-line Horse Psychology with Kelly and Sandra, they are excellent tutors and it’s nice also to feel part of the supportive IH community.

  18. Julie Belsom (verified owner)

    Just completed the IH horse psychology course and would recommend to anyone! Have learnt so much about how my horse thinks and why. Kelly and Sandra did a brilliant job in guiding us all through a very complex subject and I am sure understanding my horse better will make a stronger partnership!

  19. Cara Chapman (verified owner)

    The Horse Psychology Course was absolutely superb!
    The content was really interesting and taught in manageable chunks, full of real life examples which made it really relateable.
    I’ve come away with a much clearer understanding of what might be going on for a horse, particularly if it’s showing “problem” behaviour.
    I’ve got a framework which I can apply to try to really get to the bottom of what might be going on for the horse and see what potential remedies there might be.
    It’s really helped me with my own horse, but also giving advice and support to friends and I will certainly be offering insights to my coaching clients too!
    Thank you for a brilliant course. I would totally recommend this to anyone wanting to get more clarity about horses and their behaviours.

  20. Robyn Hunter (verified owner)

    The Horse Psychology Online course was such fun and so interesting and helpful. Thanks so much again. I’ve been inspired to really want to do the Perfect Manners course in August!

  21. Susan Rice (verified owner)

    Hi Kelly

    Really enjoyed the course and have lots of notes and useful material to dip in to for the future. Big thank you both for your time and input over the past 8 weeks. Evening webinars are a good use cold dark nights, but roll on spring! More chances to ride and spend quality time with our horses and not battling the elements in the freezing cold, sleet or howling wind.

    All the best.

  22. Helen Mc (verified owner)

    Hi Kelly/Sandra
    It has been a fabulous journey with you and all the other participants. I’ve totally enjoyed every week and have learned so much. I’m so looking forward to June and completing all courses. Although I’m a quiet participant it sending homework ect . I can assure you I’ve totally taken it all in and will be sending🤠 Have a fabulous week and defo going to miss my Tuesday 8pm evenings with you all xx

  23. Christine (verified owner)

    Hello Kelly
    Just again to thank you for the interesting course … with new vocabulary too! I have to say when I say to people ‘neophobic’ they don’t always understand that word either! Thank you for answering our zillions of questions too. Hope to see you somewhere on a course again. Best wishes x

  24. Katie-Lee (verified owner)

    I must say I loved the course and have put so much of the teachings into action and daily life. The last 2 weeks of webinars too with Claire and Ian, I have learnt so much. Thank you and much love

  25. Amy-Dee (verified owner)

    Hi Kelly

    Just wanted to say many thanks for the last 8 weeks. I feel like I’ve learnt a lot of detective skills, looking at the steps in assessing horses’ behaviour to work out why they do things. The week about “How would I get my horse to [kick/bite/nap/bolt etc]” was really useful in starting with the ‘problem’ and working backwards, to understand the reasons behind a horse behaving in that way.

  26. Elisa (verified owner)

    Dear Kelly

    Thank you very much for a very in depth, informative course that really got my brain cells working overtime, I will think of issues with an open mind and I know so much more about how the horse perceives our actions, now to put it into practice!
    Thank you

  27. Vicky (verified owner)

    Hi Kelly and Sandra Hope you’re both well! I just wanted to say I’m really enjoying our Tuesday school nights doing the horse psychology course. I admire the way you’ve adapted it from a classroom based format to online without losing the personal element, and it remains super educational and informative and something to look forward to each week!

  28. Nathalie (verified owner)

    Thank you for the entertaining course last night. You made a complicated topic easy to digest 🙂 I especially enjoyed the coursework and the articles that you shared last week. All the research in the UK is fascinating!
    The real life examples were really helpful. I usually fall asleep early but the material kept me up and entertained until after midnight

  29. Juliet (verified owner)

    So sad it is the last one tonight! Thank you so much for the Course, it has been simply brilliant. Inspirational!!

  30. Claudia (verified owner)

    The Horse Psychology Online course is amazing! Not only is it a fantastic way of learning from the comfort of your own home, I have learnt more about horse psychology in the last 8 weeks than I did from attending Equine college for 4 years! Just by changing my way of thinking, I have learnt a great deal about myself as well as the impact of what my actions have on my pony. I feel my bond with my pony has changed massively as I am now able to apply my newly found knowledge and I cannot wait to attend more courses in the future to continue my journey. Thanks again.

  31. Louise (verified owner)

    Dear Kelly, Sandra & Sharron,Thank you all for the Horse Psychology online course, probably the best course I have ever done. Being online it was so good, especially for some of us who would have found it difficult to travel to a venue. It’s so lovely to learn more about the horses we love, so we can understand them more, and care for them the very best we can. I have always wanted to join you all on a course and really enjoyed this one, you were all so kind and helpful. Hope to see you all again sometime. Very Best Wishes, Thanks again 🙂

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