Katie Bartlett also attended the ORCA conference and shared her wonderful notes. Katie has put all these together on her website Equine Clicker Training . As well as the speakers whose work was described by Mary Hunter, Katie has also posted notes for the talks of Dr Jaak Panksepp, Alexandra Kurland, Phung Luu and some private talks by Barbara Heidenrich, Steve Aibel and ORCA students.
Dr Panksepp is a neuroscientist who studies emotions in animals. I was very interested to see that part of his talk also focused on the importance of PLAY and fun in teaching and learning…..he is also the man who discovered that rats laugh when tickled!
Alexandra Kurland has worked with horses for many years. Her talk was about helping your horse to overcome anxiety and allowing your hands to feel relaxation.
Phung Luu works with birds and on free-flight shows. With birds, your training has to be truly excellent, or they can simply fly away!
Thanks Katie for all you hard work taking and posting notes!