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Acquirer Knowledge from Lucinda and the Team

Also you can teach yourself Knowledge below

Learning to Learn...

Our focus will be the study and practical use of evidence based information and learn to be good stewards of the horse

This includes learning the basics and how dopamine, down regulating and the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) herd dynamics, horse language, environmental stressors, social needs, how horses learn, physical and mental needs.

Private Sessions

One on One.... any age

5 lessons $250

Private Lessons at BentWire Ranch

For the first visit, please allow 2 hours. 

Lessons at BWR offer an opportunity to work with many different levels of  horse instructors. 

First class is a sit and learn session.

Instruction materials are:

  • Horse Watch - Marthe Killey Worthington
  • Horse Speak- Sharon Wilsie book
  • Evidence-Based Horsemanship book
  • Your own personal workbook

You do not bring your horse for the first session.

Second session is a meet and great with your horse and/or one of BentWire's horses.

From there we work on neuroethology basics, and what is the difference between folk knowledge and folk belief. 

If you have questions about Equine Neuroethology a lot can be done over the phone!  30- and 60-minute sessions are available.

Small Groups

Groups all day or half a day

$125.00 full day 4 or more

Class time and hands on

First half of the day is in a classroom time which is focused around the Horses World View , Equine Neuroethology and Herd Dynamics.

The other half of the day would be in-hand and or in the saddle and the basics of horsemanship.

You can work with your horse or one of Bent Wire's horses.

Instruction materials are:

  • Horse Watch - Marthe Killey Worthington
  • Horse speak- Sharon Wilsie
  • Evidence Based Horsemanship
  • Your own personal workbook

Learning in groups is really fun and sometime you can get more out of  session by experiencing a group setting. 

Talk talk- The Nuts and Bolts


Become a host contact 


$250.00 - $600.00

The fees are dependant on length of talk and location

In-depth information on how horses learn, think and operates from their world view. Based on the Neuroethology and what is the difference between folk knowledge and folk belief. Learn how important it is for the horse to be bonded with you when they are experiencing something new or frightening.

Will give a 1 1/2 -2  hour presentation/talk for groups 8 or more people. This gets into the nuts and bolts of Ethology and Neuroscience, through the stories of Nemo, Sweat Pea, Diego and other herd mates at Bent Wire Ranch. Q & A after.

Others to learn from.....

Through the years I have come across several people whos work is outstanding. I have incorporated many of their ideas and work into mine. I thank them for creating the workbooks I use to teach with. I always give them credit and thank them for their ongoing growth and work. None of us are finished with learning and if you think you are then that's when life gets boring and you become bored and ineffectual with both yourself and your horses. So keep those feet moving, your mind curious and your heart filled with "ahhh". You might not agree with everything you read or learn but the fact that you are exploring other ideas is a credit to your character. The wish is.....

That you will have the ride of your life.....

There are many many more people with information to share. These are a few for now.....

Jaak Panksepp
was an Estonian neuroscientist and psych biologist who coined the term "affective neuroscience", the name for the field that studies the neural mechanisms of emotion.  Emeritus Professor of the Department of Psychology at Bowling Green State University. He was known in the popular press for his research on laughter in non-human animals.

Dr.David Eagleman Neuroscientist-The Brain which is in book form and a PBS documentary series. Eagleman explores the wonders of the human brain with the goal of revealing why we feel and think the things we do. Wrote "The Brian" The story of you. This information can be associated with any mammal.

Fran De Waal Scientist -Dutch primatologist and ethologist. He is the Charles Howard Candler professor of Primate Behavior at the Emory University psychology department in Atlanta, Georgia

This story and others like it form the core of de Waal’s argument, showing that humans are not the only species with the capacity for love, hate, fear, shame, guilt, joy, disgust, and empathy.

Dr Stephen Peters

Newly Released

Co Author of "Horse Head" with Maddy Butcher

Dr. Peters specializes in brain functioning. As a neuroscientist and horse brain researcher, he has given numerous presentations and performed several horse brain dissections for students. He trains his horses in the Vaquero tradition, Jaquima a Freno (Hackamore to Bit).Evidence-Based Horsemanship by Dr. Steve Peters and Martin Black, was published in 2011. It was a unique cowboy-scientist collaboration that blended Peters’ neuroscience knowledge with Black’s empirical wisdom. 

MARTHE KILEY-WORTHINGTON, B.Sc., D.Phil., was one of the first ethologists to go and live with and study wild African animals, and to recognize behavioral problems of captive and domestic animals. She has done research and taught at the Universities of Makerere, Sussex, Pretoria and Edinburgh.


Horses are talking, are you ready to listen? 

Using Sharon's system is a great way to start a conversation that is truly both ways. 
Horse SpeakTM is a practical system for “listening” and “talking” to horses in their language, instead of expecting them to comprehend ours. Horse Speak can be used by anyone who works with horses. It promises improved understanding of what a horse is telling you and provides simple replies you can use to tell him that you “hear” him, you “get it,” and you have ideas you want to share with him,too.


Mark Rashid -Horseman

When Mark decided to study the martial art of aikido as a way to improve his horsemanship, he brought the same quiet determination to it that he exhibits in his work with horses.

Crissi and Mark are married she is an accomplished clinician and has been an instructor and horse trainer for over 25 years. She currently divides her time between occasionally giving private lessons in and around Colorado, as well as traveling and teaching with Mark.

Linda Kohanov
Linda is an author, speaker, riding instructor and horse trainer who has become an internationally-recognized innovator in the field of Equine Experiential Learning and a respected writer on the subject of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy.

What is Eponaquest? At the dawn of the 21st century, horses are breaking out of their roles as beasts of burden, yet they’re far from obsolete. As horses are no longer required to work in our fields and carry us to war, they’re doing something arguably more important: working on us.


Jim Masterson, Equine Massage Therapist for the 2006 through 2014 USET Endurance Teams, and for equine clientele competing in FEI World Cup, Pan American and World Games competitions, teaches a unique method of equine bodywork for equine massage therapists and horse owners in which the practitioner recognizes and follows the responses of the horse to touch to release tension in key junctions of the body that most affect performance. When he first became interested in equine massage in 1997, Jim recognized that the horse exhibits certain neurological responses to touch as it releases tension in the body.


Frederic Pinon- Equestrian DirectorWhen I am with horses, I have no ambition... I have a dream...” Since his childhood Frederic tries to understand horses and to communicate with them in mutual respect and willingness to cooperate. 

Magali Delgado Equestrian Director -For over twenty years on the stages around the world , she has practiced dressage, highlighting the importance of the horse's freedom and pleasure to participate.


Elsa Sinclair - FREEDOM


This all started with a question. A question I found burning inside of me for an answer. What if horses were given a choice? Would they let us ride them? Without force or tools to control, and without bribes to lure them?

For the last 25 years, I have committed myself to building collaborative training methods with horses as partners in development. This ever evolving journey has lead me to create what I call Freedom Based Training™.


Maddy Butcher - Best Horse Practices

Author of "Horse Head" with Dr Stephen Peters
Started from a desire to give people a place to find good information on the horse. Best Horse Practices is dedicated to balancing sense and science in the equine world. We review research with an eye toward the practical, asking two big questions:


“What I know about the horse,” says Tom,
“I learned from the horse.”

Thank You Tom

Tom Dorrance - The man who started "the conversation".
1910 – 2003
The part that has meant the most to the horse and me is the communication between us. This is the part where I really had to devote a lot of thought. I have watched horses when they are loose by themselves or loose in a group; gentle raised or wild range raised, their naturalness will show. And by studying their actions and reactions I have been helped to understand how to present myself in such a way that the horses will respond to what I may ask of them. This I believe is true nature.
This is something I have had to develop in myself, for myself, by myself. The True Unity and Willing Communication between the horse and me is not something that can be handed to someone, it has to be learned, it has to come from the inside of a person and inside of the horse. – TD


This is the best way to start a conversation. If you do not get a response  with in