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The Carrot Sessions

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The Carrot Sessions

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This site is in Dutch. You’ll get a welcome mail in Dutch, because, you know: you’re in virtual Belgium now, the Flemish speaking part that is (ain’t the world wide web amazing?). The Carrot Sessions, however, are in English. You won’t get any further Dutch mails other than the practical automated stuff regarding your order. In fact, you won’t get any other mails at all, beyond this course.


NEXT WEBINAR: MAY 12 2022 with rachel bedingfield on ‘connection creates comfort’

Interested only in information about the next webinar? Scroll down!

so many people i want to hear from

It was 1996 or so when I met Alexandra Kurland online – back when the Internet was a shiny new adventure, with no facebook, Instagram or Whatsapp. Just mailing lists, like Rec.Equestrian and Horsemanship-L. I read what she wrote, and it all sounded great, but I couldn’t get my head around it. That happened only when I met Kayce Cover, a Zoo animal trainer who was therefore able to give me enough distance from the horse world. When I could start seeing the Big Picture behind it, I could finally let go of my prejudices against clicker training.
Of course I did meet Alex “for real” after that, a few times even. I also met way more clicker people after that – some who were there already before me (like Shawna Karrash), some who came way after me (people who weren’t born yet when I cut up my first carrot to go experiment with my horse Gazelle). I learned from more Zoo people like, of course, Ken Ramirez and Ted Turner and Todd Feucht and then there were all those people at Clicker Expo’s.
It also was the start of a collection of books on behavior, from Ariely to Sapolsky.
My learning never stopped.
And now there’s a whole new generation coming up.

I still want to learn. I want to talk to everyone; those who are well-known, and those who are lesser-known. I want to hear their ideas, their wordings, their anecdotes – whether it’s all wild and chaotic and emotional or neatly structured in razor-sharp training plans.

So this is my personal effort to hear them out.
They picked the topic and the format. I get the coffee.
Come sit with us at our Zoom-table.

the level

This is not for those who get bewildered looks when they hear the words “positive reinforcement”, obviously. That doesn’t mean you need to have a poster of Susan Friedman above your bed either. But if you want to travel ever further on this quest for the Holy Grail of having True Fun with your horse (and more importantly: of him having fun with you), then you Must Be There.

the format

Usually it’s a webinar. My victim-of-the-month gives a 2 hr webinar of some sorts, and after that there is plenty of time for your questions.
Sometimes it’s just a chat with questions and (hopefully!) answers.
It’s always on Zoom, usually on a Thursday evening, starting at 19 PM CET and ending two to three hours later. Find what time that is in your own timezone here.
The webinar is being recorded and available for two more weeks after that, so if you can’t be there at Le Moment Suprème itself, you still can catch up. That’s the general idea at least; it also depends on what my guest likes, so it may differ. Always check the individual webinar info.

zoom info

When you subscribe, you’ll get a mail with a link to the ZoomRoom (is that a word?) a few days before the webinar. When it’s time for the webinar, you click that link. Tadaaa! You’re in.
If you never Zoomed before, you may have to download some small stuff first so that your computer or phone knows how to talk to the ZoomLord.


English is these days’ lingua franca, so prepare for a wealth of kitchen-English variations. There will be some English and American people with the right accents in all the right places, but mostly there’s the rest of the world, which gets explicit extra attention from me in these Carrot Sessions. 


35,-* euro per Carrot Session. That’s the fixed price. So for some of those lesser known people I’ll have to cross my heart that you’ll be interested in listening to him/her even when you don’t know their name that well. I’ve picked them carefully because even when you may not know their names, they really know how to explain stuff and have neat ideas.
Other big names will get guaranteed enough people just because of who they are, but their fees usually are more, uhm, challenging in an upwards direction, so I’ll still have to cross my heart that etc etc.

Just do it. Enroll! Help me get my sleep at night.

people who are already on my victim list

So below are the people who already said “yes, let’s do it!”. That doesn’t mean we’re all set yet. Still need a fixed date and set a definite topic or the need to agree on a fee that doesn’t give me a heart attack, but the general intent is there. Keep an eye on this page for more info.

  • May 12: Rachel Bedingfield (UK) – Connection creates Comfort
  • June 16: Shawna Karrash (US) – Teaching Focus and Impulse Control
  • July 14:  Inge Teblick (BE) – Game Design for Riders: Supermario Training
  • August 18: Janneke Koekhoven (NL) – Changing your Horse’s Mind
  • September 15: Karolina Westlund (SE) – Resolving Challenging Behaviour: a Framework
  • October 13: Peter Giljam (NL) – A closer look at the timing of the bridging stimulus and how we can create stronger behaviour through it
  • November 17: Eva Bertilsson & Angelica Hesselius (SE) – Exploring session structure: pause mode, starts and exits
  • December 15: Alexandra Kurland (US) -.tbd


  • January 12: Eduardo Fernandez (US) – Training as enrichment
  • Hélène Roche (FR)


may 12 2022 – uniquely rachel

Connection creates comfort

We are often told that we need to leave the Comfort Zone in order to improve and extend performance. However, it is hard to gain it or maintain connection with your horse when you are feeling anxious. Rachel refutes the idea that you must leave your comfort zone to succeed and, instead, shows that by working on connection, you create confidence for both you and your horse.
From there, you can expand your comfort zone over time. In this way, you will improve your performance while feeling relaxed and joyful and in complete partnership with your horse.

This will be an interactive presentation where you will explore connection and comnfort for you and your horse. There will be lots of time to discuss your own situation and how you can make improvements in your relationship with your horse and boost your training.


Rachel is one of the foremost teachers of positive horse training in the world. She has been researching and teaching about equine wellbeing and training for 25 years.
In 2004 she founded the Natural Horse Shop, applying her knowledge of equine nutrition in advising owners and supplying forage-based feeds. She also studied for an M.Sc. on laminitis and equine metabolic syndrome at The University of Lincoln. Her topic was the early detection and management of chronic conditions.
In 2006 she began to focus on two more areas of horsemanship: positive reinforcement training and rider biomechanics. She had fallen and broken her back two years previously and these two streams came together, helping her to train horses to be safer and herself to be more balanced and secure.
Her fascination with learning processes and overcoming fear brought her to study the neuroscience of emotions, led by the work of Jaak Panksepp. This helped her to develop a unique approach to understanding equine behaviour and wellbeing. She developed her own approach to confidence building which enabled her to help more people to overcome their own fear and insecurity and create confident relationships with their horses.
In 2012, Rachel and her daughter Hannah Weston founded Clix College, pioneering online seminars, video tutorials and one-to-one internet coaching for horse training. In 2014 this became Connection Training, which is now the most comprehensive online resource for positive horse training, covering
everything from the basic foundations to ridden performance. Their recent book of the same name, instantly became a best seller and is quickly becoming a classic.
In 2016 Rachel realised another dream when she founded an equine rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing centre. The aim of Positive Horse Training, Spain is to demonstrate the best approach to emotional recovery in rescue horses. At the Centre, students come to learn all about positive horse training. There, working live with students, Rachel brings all her experience and knowledge to enable horse lovers to find their own special way of connecting with horses. You can see her unedited training videos at https://ko-fi.com/positivehorsetrainingspain
Websites: www.connectiontraining.com and www.positivehorsetrainingspain.com
Facebook and Instagram: Connection Training, Positive Horse Training Spain


Pick Rachel Bedingfield under “Date and Instructor” – then click “enroll this course now”.

Past carrot sessions

  • April 24 2022, Michaela Hempen, Training the Cross-Over Horse
Start On 12 mei 2022
Duration 2 to 3 hrs
Level Intermediate
Price 35.00 incl. BTW

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