Online Learning

Online horse training courses from renowned trainer Jason Webb to improve confidence and skills, and to give you results at your fingertips.

Our online training is split into four courses covering different stages on your horsemanship journey:

  • Pre-training Knowledge
  • Foundation Training
  • Re-education
  • Challenges

If you're new to horse training, you can simply start at the beginning with the Pre-Training Knowledge course to get some background in the fundamental concepts. Foundation Training then covers all the topics you need to understand and interact successfully with your horse. Having issues? Re-Education is remedial training to help you to understand behavioural issues which may have you frustrated. Challenges are a little fun - test your skills by attempting both permanent and monthly challenges - you can even win prizes for taking part!

What's Inside?

Read on to see what's inside the Your Horsemanship Online experience: Courses, Downloads, Competitions, Community

The Courses

1: Pre-training Knowledge

Before getting into the video lessons in Foundation Training, this course gives you some bite-sized background reading in the fundamentals. Gain an understanding of the nature of the horse, how they learn and how to be an effective horseman. We advise that all students familiarise themselves with these simple principles before commencing any training with a horse. Topics include:

  • Body language
  • Equipment
  • Sensitising and Desensitising
  • Timing and Feel

Also include is a free eBook to accompany the course. "I have had people that have been in horses all their lives and have still gained some knowledge from this short but extremely important book" - Jason Webb

Sample Pre-Training Lesson: Respect and Trust

Respect and Trust

I like to think about trust and respect in the context of horse training in the following ways:

  • Respect = Gained by being the leader and able to initiate movement
  • Trust = Gained by being non threatening and accepted as part of the social group

It is important to consider both trust and respect when working with horses. It is a fine balance between the two. Think back to the horse’s social dynamics in a herd. Although it is said that there are no equals, in a herd there are certainly horses that choose to be with other specific horses despite this hierarchical structure. Try and become the one your horse would ‘choose’ to be with. You want to maintain their respect by ensuring you can move them with a gesture, then a ‘tell’ should you need to, yet you want them to have trust and confidence in you.

It is a fine line, and it is sometimes helpful to draw it as such it in your imagination. On one side of the line you have trust and on the other you have respect. If you have to ‘tell’ your horse something with a wave of a rope or a flick of a stick then you may have moved that line into the respect zone but away from the trust zone. You have to redress this balance by releasing and rewarding when the horse answers correctly thus reaffirming to them that you a fair and consistent leader.

Spending time ‘familiarising’ yourself with your horse is essential in gaining trust but to do this until they are so familiar they feel they can invade your space and push you around means you have gone deep into the trust zone but away from respect. Think about the following diagram to help you with where you need to be in order to be a good leader for your horse.

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2: Foundation Training

This is a comprehensive video library which is laid out in the order a horse is started. It has everything from how to approach your horse, to essential ridden controls. Follow the Foundation Training programme through from start to finish and learn how to work with a horse from first principles to starting, hacking out confidently to correct schooling under saddle; or you can just dip in to the topics you need most, and go back to them at any time if you need another look. Just a few topics from this huge course:

  • Meeting: First Approach
  • Catching: The Catching Process
  • Desensitisation: Dealing with Flight
  • Tying Up: Testing the Tie
  • Mounting: Saddle and Move
  • Introducing Movement: Basic Transitions
  • Out and About: Gates

As well as a video for each lesson clearly demonstrating the priciples, you will see the equipment you will need, some background information, links to other lessons you might like to try first, and a link to the relevant topic in the Chat Forum, where our community can discuss their learning and swap tips. Jason is also active in the Forum (see below). Each lesson is accompanied by a PDF summary of the key points of the lesson, which you can download to your mobile device or print out to read when you're with your horse for ease of reference without having to watch the video whilst out and about. Some lessons have quizzes so you can check your knowledge as you go.

Full Lesson Preview: Mounting

Mounting

Goal: To prepare and mount your horse while keeping them relaxed

Forum Topic Link: Available to Members

Recommended Prior Learning (available to Members):

  • Mounting: Checking for Tension
  • Mounting: Lunging / Long Reining Pattern
  • Mounting: Saddle and Move

Purpose: This process will help minimise the stress the transition from the ground to the saddle can present for both horse and rider

Equipment Needed: Snaffle bridle, saddle and pad

Method:

  • Make sure your horse is standing in a balanced way by rocking on their saddle and encouraging them to position themselves so they can brace
  • Make sure the girth is snug but not over tight
  • Shorten the reins, with the inside rein a little shorter than the outside so your horse’s nose is tipped to the inside a little
  • Hold your reins in a bridge, crossing them so that your thumb is behind and forefingers are in front. Position your hand to the inside of the neck so if your horse does something silly you can rotate your wrist and lift up. The horse will then be in an inside flexion position and their best option is to disengage their hind end
  • To mount, stand near your horse’s shoulder and stay close so they can feel you
  • If at any point they start to worry, simply rotate and lift your rein hand and you are in a good position to disengage them

Tips:

  • Don’t over tighten your horse’s girth as they may feel ‘trapped’ by it and want to run or explode away from it when they go to move off
  • A good indication that your girth is tight enough is if you can rock your saddle back and forth and it doesn’t shift position

Free PDF Download of lesson details (available for every lesson to Members):

Free Lesson Summary PDF

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3: Re-Education

Understand why things go wrong and the common problems horses and riders face. Presented as a library of problems and solutions, each lesson is linked to the relevant learning in the Foundation Training Course. Some of the issues covered:

  • Loading
  • Nipping
  • Grooming
  • Hosing
  • Barging
  • New Environments

Re-Education Lesson Preview: Napping / Rearing

The following is a preview of parts of a 45 minute Re-Education lesson on napping, rearing, and bucking. This preview is around 20 minutes long and will give you an idea of what to expect from the longer lessons on Your Horsemanship Online. Note the large number of recommended lessons; the lessons always point Members to the foundation learning you need to be successful. Be sure to watch to the end, when Jason demonstrates how he approaches the situation when the horse he is working with, Cheese, exhibits the rearing behaviour Jason's client has asked him to work on. Your Horsemanship On The Yard offers a range of horse and rider training - be sure to check out our other services.

Napping / Rearing

Goal: To use basic training to teach a horse prone to rearing and nappy behaviour to move forwards calmly.

Forum Topic Link: Available to Members

Recommended Prior Learning (available to Members):

  • Catching: The Catching Process
  • Introducing Movement: Establishing Forwards
  • Introducing Movement: One Rein Stop
  • Introducing Movement: One Rein Turn
  • Long Reining for Riding: Backwards From Bridle
  • Long Reining Preparation: Desensitising to Ropes
  • Long Reining Preparation: Flex and Move with Bridle
  • Lunging for Control: Hind End Control

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Beyond the Learning

As a Member, as well as our online learning content from Jason Webb, you will have access to our growing community via our Chat Forum, regular webinars, and even competitions!

Your Horsemanship Online Community

Chat Forum

As well as our popular Facebook group, which is open to anyone, Members have access to a chat forum. Here, subscribers can discuss the lessons, share stories, and even enter competitions. Jason Webb is active in the forum and often answers members' queries about their horsemanship journey.

Webinars

Jason holds monthly webinars for Members, focusing on a particular topic or issue. Jason will cover the topic and then take questions from those watching. Webinars are live broadcasts you join using your web browser. Here is a snippet from the recent webinar on Spooking:

Competition: Challenge Cups

As well as learning content and the community, Members are also able to enter a regular competition: The Challenge Cup. Every 6-8 weeks, Jason sets a pair of challenges - one ridden, and one for groundwork. Members can enter both halves under two categories - Best Performance, and Most Improved. Winners for Best Performance are the best across all entrants, whilst Most Improved is the person who shows their progress over the period of the Challenge to be the best by submitting 'before' and 'after' videos. Prizes vary, but typically include clothing, tack, and vouchers.

To read about a recent Challenge Cup and watch the videos, click here (opens a new tab):

Challenge Cup Example

Pricing and Premium Member Benefits

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