Equine International, in partnership with Touching Wild, works with other animal welfare, environmental conservation, and Rewilding organizations to offer opportunities for people to explore the world of feral and wild horses through our Learning Wild Courses.
They also periodically hold live seminars and workshops for horse owners on a variety of exciting topics!
WITH DR EMILY KIESON
Equine International, in collaboration with Touching Wild, partners with a number of organizations around the world to offer unique educational excursions to amazing locations to study feral and wild-living horses and equids. All courses offer insight into equine ethology, behavior, welfare, and how to bring this knowledge back to our own domestic animals. Each course brings in professionals and specialists in the area and portions of the proceeds support local efforts in Rewilding, conservation, wild equid welfare and management, and environmental efforts.
LEARNING WILD COURSES
Learning Wild Knepp, Knepp Estate, UK Oct 29-31, 2023
(Postponed from original April dates) We are excited to invite you to join us for the first ever Learning Wild course at Knepp Wildland Project, 3,500 acres of stunning natural habitat, heaving with wildlife and home to 2 herds of free-living Exmoor ponies. Learn more HERE (link takes you to a page at Touching Wild)
Equine Welfare Masterclass, Knepp Estate, UK Nov 1-2, 2023
Join us for this very special chance to lead the way in forward-thinking discussions about horse welfare that are underpinned by a practical and realistic approach that is grounded in scientific research. Dr Emily Kieson and Bonny Mealand are delighted to offer you this rare opportunity as the world renown researcher and biologist Dr. Marthe Kiley-Worthington shares her wisdom and experience from a lifetime dedicated to improving animal welfare. Learn more HERE (links to Touching Wild) The Equine Welfare Master Class has also been approved by the British Horse Society (BHS) for 4 CPD points for APC’s to attend.
Learning Wild Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire, UK March 2024
The Learning Wild course at Wicken Fen provides an incredible opportunity to look inside the lives of over 100 feral horses as they live alongside human visitors in this gorgeous nature reserve. With the support and assistance of the Konik management team at Wicken Fen, we’ll explore the rich history of the herd, the individuals that make up the social groups at Wicken, and get an exclusive look inside the lives of the horses that live there. Exact dates to come. Learn more HERE (links take you to Learning Wild)
Learning Wild Eriskay, Scotland Summer 2024
Come and spend 5 days immersed in the wild lives of the free-living Eriskay ponies who roam free on the beautiful island of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides. The history of the ponies is closely intertwined with the lives and Gaelic culture of the islanders. Eriskay ponies are among the last surviving remnants of the original native ponies of the Western Isles of Scotland. Although every course is unique, it will likely follow the a similar schedule to the 2023 course. Learn more HERE
Learning Wild Insh Marshes, Cairngorms, Scotland 2024 TBD
Come and spend 5 days in the spectacular landscape of the Cairngorms National Park. Immerse yourself in the wild lives of the free-living Konik horses who roam free on the RSPB Insh Marshes reserve and the Takhi (Equus Prezwalski) who live at the Highland Wildlife Park (HWP). Although every course is unique, it will likely follow the a similar schedule to the 2023 course. Learn more HERE (link takes you to a page at Touching Wild)
EQUINES AS COMPANIONS ONLINE COURSE
This is a short course with prerecorded video lectures about the science of horse-human interactions and the applications of research to horse owners to build stronger relationships with their horses outside of (and including) training.
3 THE HUMAN ELEMENT
6 GOING FORWARD
COURSE COST: $67
3 HOURS OF VIDEO CONTENT