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Resource for Suspected Equine Learning Disabilities

Ever suspect that your horse has learning disabilities? Seriously, do you often feel that you are trying to fit a square horse into a round hole with main stream training? You are not as alone as you may feel.

Suzanne De Laurentis, co-founder of Imagine A Horse recently launched a project that will be a resource for horse owners and enthusiasts that have horses whose learning abilities fall outside of the normal range. Training a special needs horse, whether the cause is from trauma, neglect or genetic causes can be quite a task. Traditional pressure and release or advance and retreat methods are of little help with a horse that is challenged to control his body movements.

The Imagine A Horse training methods available either by DVD or in Camp style clinics contain lots of positive reinforcement methods and tips that can help horses to increase body coordination and spatial awareness.

De Laurentis says “our training DVDs are full of targeting exercises, Pedestal Training and other strategies of Shaping Behaviors that go beyond the traditional pressure and retreat or advance and retreat methods. We use lots of “props” such as pedestals and target boards because they help horses to form strong associations between objects and actions which escalates both learning and body control.”

The Equine Lear ning Disabilities pages can be accessed at http://www.imagineahorse.com and http://www.redhorseranch.net and is listed under the Red Horse Ranch heading.

If you have questions or comments regarding Equine Learning Disabilities, please feel free to contact Ms. De Laurentis at suesmonet@aol.com or through the web sites.

Imagine A Horse is located at Red Horse Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas. 512-736-3208.


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