Cooperative care & horses?

There are many horses who don´t like vets. Some horses even show dangerous behaviours as a response to vet & husbandry procedures or to being restrained. Cooperative care is a great tool to help these horses (and their owners) out.

A little flashback to spring 2019

Going through my older videos, I found this one. This short video shows one of our cooperative training sessions focused on calm emotions, eyes, ears, and mouth handling at liberty.

Preparing for cooperative eye care

The horse learns to participate voluntarily (without force and without any kind of restraint) in his eye care.

Despooking a horse using desensitization & counter-contidioning

The purpose of this video is to show how the learning process goes on when we let the horse learn and get used to scary objects at his own pace without using aversives and without preventing him from his normal response.

Getting ready for injections
with positive reinforcement

I'm  training my horse (who has no problems with vets) to cooperate voluntarily during injecitons.

Cooperative care: How does it work?

In this video, I explain how can we encourage our horses to cooperate in their treatment & all different kinds of veterinary and husbandry procedures.


One of the most important things in cooperative care is that the horse's cooperation is based on their voluntary decision. In this video, the horse learns to participate in vaccination. By touching the target, he gives consent with the procedure. He is free to choose to stop the procedure and ask for treats by touching the bucket.

Patience building session

The fact that the horse is able to wait patiently in different environments long enough for different procedures to be done makes our work a lot easier. In this video, you can see our patience session (3,5 times faster not to make you fall asleep 😏) in windy weather which makes it quite difficult for the horse to stay calm and focused.

Retraining an injection shy mare

This mare has had a problem with injections for several years. I trained her with positive reinforcement to cooperate voluntarily during injection.

Consent signal training

Consent signal, consent behaviour or pressing the START button - these are all names for a simple behaviour that can make veterinary procedures a lot easier.
This is the needle shy mare I've started working with recently. She has made really great progress in 3 sessions!