Equitana Melbourne

2024 EDUCATOR

Ian Mark Shaw

Training & Horsemanship

Ian Shaw has a degree in Agricultural Science and is a qualified educator and skilled presenter with many years of experience. He has held lecturing positions within tertiary institutions and is well experienced in working with both adults and children. He is a qualified Horse Safety Australia Instructor and is the owner of an Appaloosa Stud in Western Victoria. Any single day can see Ian work with several of over fifty unhandled horses.

In 2010 he developed a strong interest in the horse/human connection and it profoundly changed the way he looked at the way people work with horses. At that time he was given Molly, an off the track Thoroughbred mare, who refused to load. Molly was to be the start of a journey of discovery. Going back over her foundation work exposed gaps that were creating massive anxiety. Slowly, as communication strengthened the mare found a pathway that dissolved her emotional turmoil and she learned to confidently self-load. With this success, people began to bring their horses to Ian and sought his assistance.

A chance meeting with a member of Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria resulted in Ian being asked to work with some of their troubled horses and he now delivers clinics for the organisation across the state.

Privately he works to upskill and educate those aspiring to have a connection and relationship with their horses through appropriate communication and teaching methodologies. Ian’s motto is:

“Educating you to educate your horse.”

Visit Ian Mark Shaw at the following sessions

Details

Saturday November 16th

Ariat Theatrette, Ariat Building

A Road to Rehab

Many people are dealing with horses that exhibit behavioural issues related to trauma such as anxiety, aggression, bucking, bolting and bracing. Horses try to make sense of their world. If unable or not given the tools to do so, then they feel unsafe or threatened, the response being unwanted behaviour.

Our role is to recognise what is happening in the horse’s mind and develop an understanding of how we can make him feel safe and confident in his environment. An environment that is ever changing. As their world changes horses need time to absorb information, process this and then respond.

This presentation aims to clarify issues, identify why the issue is occurring and outline strategies to empower both you and your horse. Ian will assist in identifying the Stepping Stones to enable you to work with your horse to overcome trauma and anxiety and create a level of trust.

1 Understanding how a horse learns
2 Understanding herd behaviour to address separation anxiety
3 Getting communication right – recognising and supporting their efforts
4 Exploring new environments – a scary place versus an adventure
5 Developing a feel or creating resistance
6 Consistency

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