How Horses Learn

Learning theory describes how we can influence horse behavior and improve training outcomes.

Learning theory describes how we can influence horse behavior and improve training outcomes. Discover how to shape your horse’s behavior.

You can find additional resources on horsemanship science and learning theory in these 10 horsemanship science resources available for free on TheHorse.com. 

About the Experts

Camie Heleski, PhD, MS

Camie Heleski, PhD, MS, is an instructor and adviser in the University of Kentucky equine science and management program. Previously, she worked at Michigan State University, where she was the two-year horse management program coordinator for 25 years. Her applied research interests include equine behavior and welfare, horse-human interactions, and working equids in the world’s developing regions. She’s currently president of the International Society for Equitation Science and has served as scientific chair for the National Farm Animal Care Council’s Canadian equine welfare code committee. Her equine research and outreach efforts have taken her to Brazil, Mexico, Honduras, Egypt, and Mali. She enjoys dressage with her Arabian gelding, MSU Ducati.

Jim Lowe, DVM

Jim Lowe, DVM, is the technical services veterinarian for the large animal business unit of Vetoquinol USA. He received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Texas A&M University in 1995 and earned additional degrees in veterinary science and wildlife and fisheries sciences. Currently licensed to practice in Texas, he previously ran a large animal ambulatory service in Arkansas with his wife. Lowe is member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, and the American Embryo Transfer Association.