Stay-at-Home Course Nov 2020

Stay-at-Home Course

on 13-15th November 2020

and 21st-22nd November 2020


Constructional Rope Handling:

We are going to have a rope handling clinic, and why not!  It’s time to become creative and figure out ways in which we can learn together without being together.  We’ll be looking at what it means to shape on a point of contact.  As constructional trainers, how do we develop good rope handling skills?  How do we teach tactile cues and use a lead or reins so they are a positive reinforcement communication tool?

How do these clinics work?

For this course we are using zoom.  This may change as better options are developed.  For now Zoom is really very easy to use, and with the upgrades they have added, it is a safe and convenient space.

What you need, IDEALLY
– a computer, tablet or mobile phone, with hi-speed internet connection/4G
– a web cam, either built-into your device, or connected to it
– ear phones/ear buds
– a microphone (built-in, or connected – some ear buds have a mic in the wire)

– a quiet place where you can participate with little or no interruption.

– we will be looking at video and presentations so you will want to use a device that lets you see the zoom meeting room screen.

You will be emailed ahead of time (the previous evening) a link to the Zoom meeting, along with a security password.  Click for a video about how to join a meeting.

If you are on your computer, or tablet, you should click the link a few minutes before the designated start time. Zoom will want you to download a bit of software. Please do. It is safe. If you are using a tablet or mobile phone to access, you may need to install an app.

What is the schedule for the event?

Friday Evening

Friday evening we gather together via zoom for introductions.  The Friday night introductions are an important part of every clinic – real or virtual.  It represents your first shaping experience of the weekend.  We can’t possibly cover the whole of any topic in the time we have together.  Your introduction helps to guide me in selecting discussion points that will be of most use to you.  So you are literally shaping the weekend that is going to be unfolding through your answers to the following questions:

What is your background with horses? If you don’t have horses, what animals do you work with?  What is your clicker training background?

Are there particular training questions that you would like to explore? What has brought you to this clinic experience.  What are you hoping you get from it? After the clinic ends, you are saying that was just the BEST computer gathering I have ever had because . . .  What is the because that you are looking for?  You may not have the answer to this last one yet, but you may have some clues that can help us get there.

You can be thinking about these questions ahead of time.  We’ll share these introductions Friday evening.  Sharing them in a group is very helpful for everyone.  It’s a great way to get to know one another, and it also brings to light many training questions others may have as well (or may not have thought of).

For our virtual clinic the Friday evening gathering will have another function.  It will get us all comfortable using the zoom platform.  This will be something that is much more than a webinar that you watch passively.  We want to create the same back and forth exchanges that occur at clinics.

The training times will be on both the Saturday and the Sunday of BOTH weekends commencing at 2pm UK time (3pm European time) and lasting approximately three hours per session. You will have plenty of time to explore your new found skills with your horse between sessions and take video to upload.

Note: Space is very limited at these clinics.  We want everybody to be able to participate fully.  That means there is time for your questions and your video. The group size will be small, so sign up early to be sure you have a spot.


Places will be on a first come, first served basis.  There are a maximum of 12 places.


Course Fees:

FULL FEE £199   

Course Place Rope Handling:       


First come, first served so get in quickly! (You don’t need to have a PayPal account to pay, just a credit or debit card.)  Your deposit payment confirms your place.    The balance for the course fee is due on or before 20th October 2020

If you have any questions or queries, then please direct them to me, Mary.
You can email    or message me on +44 75 90830594 or +353 87 1370162.  I don’t promise an immediate answer but will usually get back to you within 24-48 hours 🙂

Alexandra Kurland is one of the foremost trainers in positive reinforcement for horses.  She is the author of many books and 19 DVDs on this work.  Her background is in training horses and classical work but trainers of all species have benefitted hugely from her expertise.  Her speciality is balance for the horse and handler/rider.  She is on the faculty of many International conferences, WOOF, ClickerExpo, ORCA etc and gives clinics in both the USA and Europe.