Gemma Pearson

  • Webinar recorded on Wed 11th October, 2017
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Equine Behaviour: How to cope with the less than compliant patient by Gemma Pearson.

This lecture will explore the mental capacity of horses and the process through which they learn (equine learning theory). We will then explore how techniques based on learning theory can be used to deal with the non-compliant equine patient to save time, reduce stress and keep your clients happy. We will also investigate arousal levels in horses, and how an awareness of them can help you to spot the problem horse before you get hurt. Lots of video case examples of difficult horses will be used in the lecture to demonstrate the techniques and there will be a strong practical emphasis.

After graduating from Glasgow University, Scotland, Gemma spent 18 months in first opinion equine practice in Yorkshire. She then under took a 2 year internship at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, before commencing in a residency programme. This involved rotating through the different departments in the equine hospital and ambulatory practice, completion of a certificate in advanced veterinary practice (equine medicine) and an MSc through research, investigating interactions between equine veterinarians and their patients.
With 15 years’ experience with behaviour cases, Gemma has developed an equine behaviour service at R(D)SVS which has proved very popular amongst clients and referring vets alike. Gemma has been asked to speak at lectures and run CPD courses for horse owners, veterinarians and veterinary students on the subject of dealing with difficult horses around the world. She receives excellent feedback on the efficacy of the methods once horse owners and veterinarians start to incorporate it into their daily work. She is also the Veterinary Liaison Officer for the International Society for Equitation Science, where she has been involved with several working parties to improve the welfare of horses around the world. Currently Gemma is undertaking a PhD investigating the stress response of horses undergoing veterinary treatment, with the plan to develop low stress handling techniques. In her spare time Gemma helps her partner run an Arabian stud and competed up to advanced level endurance on a homebred horse. She also enjoys competing in dressage and eventing.



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