Events


Equine Affaire

November 7–10, 2019
Eastern States Exposition
West Springfield, Mass.

Terry will give two lectures and two demonstrations at Equine Affaire.

Lectures

In Case of Emergency…
Sensible Ways to Prepare For and Handle Emergencies

Saturday, November 9, 2 pm
Better Living Center, Seminar Stage

Are you prepared for handling medical emergencies at your farm, on the trail, and other places you go with horses? You’ll get sensible and easy-to-implement protocols that will assist you and first responders. This talk could save a life!

How Your Horse Perceives Their World

Sunday, November 10, 12 pm
Better Living Center, Seminar Stage

Your horse’s senses are similar to yours, but also quite different. Understanding how they perceive the world will enable you to understand why they do what they do, make your training more effective, keep you both safer, and make you more confident together.

Demonstrations

Reading Your Horse’s Body Language

Saturday, November 9, 5 pm
Mallory Complex Demo Ring

What is your horse saying, and how do they want you to respond? Tuning into your horse’s body language enables you to have subtle and two-way conversations with your horse.

What Your Horse Wants and What You Want, How To Make It the Same Thing

Sunday, November 10, 3 pm
Mallory Complex Demo Ring

Getting your horse to do what you want doesn’t have to be a battle of wills, and no force has to be involved. We’ll look at what generates motivation, and what creates satisfaction, for both you and your horse. Demo horses and case histories from the audience will be used to illustrate this training perspective.

 


Past Events

Problem Solving Your Problem Animal

An evening discussion with animal behaviorist and trainer Terry Golson

Thursday, March 7, 2019, Dover Sherborn Community Education
Wednesday, January 30, 2019, Concord-Carlisle Community Education
Tuesday, January 15, 2019, Bedford Recreation Dept
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, Acton-Boxborough High School
Thursday, September 27, 2018, Dover-Sherborn Community Education
Thursday, March 29, 2018, Dover-Sherborn Community Education

Do you have a rude dog? A horse that bolts? A cat that destroys furniture? Chickens that stay outside instead of coming home to roost? Using ethology and behavior science, Terry will give you a way to problem solve these problem behaviors. Knowing the basic nature of your animal, combined with understanding how they learn and cope with their environment, will enable you to live more peacefully with your animals. Recommended reading (though not required) Don’t Shoot the Dog! by Karen Pryor.
 

Progressive Equine Forum

February 22–24, 2019
Orlando, Florida

Invitation-only conference for horse trainers with a positive training perspective. We’ll be networking and sharing info.
 

Cooperative Medical Care For Horses

Thursday, November 29, 2018
12:00–12:45pm
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, Mass.

I’ll be speaking to the Behavior Club at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Being a horse veterinarian is one of the most dangerous professions. To keep everyone safe, restraint and tranquilizers are often used. I’ll discuss horse ethology and behavior so that barn calls can be done with less conflict. I’ll also talk about training that the owners can engage in before the vet visits that can improve the experience for everyone, including the horse.
 

International Association of Animal Behaviorist Consultants Conference

April 19–22, 2018
Burlington, MA, USA

Cutting edge, science-based and practical education for animal training and behavior professionals.
 

Equine Affaire

April 12–15, 2018
Ohio Expo Center
Columbus, Ohio

Terry gave two seminars and a demonstration at Equine Affaire in Ohio.

Seminars

Barn Sour
And Other Behaviors that Keep Your Horse from Going Where You Want It To Go

The Bully in the Barn:
What Really Drives This Behavior and What To Do About It

Demonstrations

Using Treats for a Relaxed, Polite and Motivated Horse

 

Progressive Equine Forum

February 23–26, 2018
Orlando, Florida

Invitation-only conference for horse trainers with a positive training perspective. We’ll be networking and sharing info.
 

Equine Affaire

November 9–12, 2017
Eastern States Exposition
West Springfield, Mass.

Terry gave two seminars and a demonstration.

Seminars

Barn Sour
And Other Behaviors that Keep Your Horse from Going Where You Want It To Go

The Bully in the Barn:
What Really Drives This Behavior and What To Do About It

Demonstrations

Using Treats for a Relaxed, Polite and Motivated Horse

 

Positive Reinforcement Clinic

Saturday, January 30, 2016 8:30am – 12:30pm
Hermitage Farm, 179 Cherry Lane, Durham CT 06422

 

Training Horses with Rewards, a Porch Chat

Tuesday July 28, 2015 6:00pm–7:00pm
Complete Equestrian Saddlery
Bedford, MA

How do you reward a horse? Have you heard the terms “positive reinforcement,” “clicker training,” “pressure and release,” and “natural horsemanship?” What about “respect,” “dominance,” “compliant” and “cooperative?” They’re not the same! Terry Golson from The Cooperative Horse will lead the discussion. We’ll delve into the science behind what motivates behavior and makes training sessions successful. Lemonade and cookies on the porch. Free! Stop by anytime between 6 and 7 pm on Tuesday, July 28 at the Complete Equestrian Saddlery in Bedford, Massachusetts.

 

Horse Behavior Chat

Tuesday June 30, 2015 6:00pm–7:00pm
Complete Equestrian Saddlery
Bedford, MA

Come for a casual chat on the porch at the Complete Equestrian Saddlery, in Bedford, Massachusetts. I’ll get the discussion going, talking about horse ethology (the study of animal behavior in the natural environment.) There is new and insightful research into horse ethology that can help every owner better care for and train her horse. Find out what scientists are discovering about herd behavior, aggression, dominance, leadership, friendship, and more. Scientists are out in the field (literally!) and what they’re learning is upending many common assumptions. Let’s chat about the research and how it can help us to better understand and communicate with our horses. Cold drinks and cookies will be served. 6 to 7 pm. Free!