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Andy Booth

Famous Australian founder of the Horseman Science program, Andy Booth pulls his precious knowledge of his trips around the world and thousands of horses with which he worked. One of the challenges of his life was the training of Stormy, a zhorse mare which is still the one of his life and which was the origin of a great part of his work. Convinced that “thanks to ethological riding we can obtain horse trust and reduce leak”, today he teaches his “horsemanship” to the greatest riders of 5* level to improve their sport performances.

Hello Norman,

I have several clients who work in the high level (international 5*), thanks to ethological riding we can get the confidence of the horse (reduce leakage) and connection (horse focused more on the human and less on the External environment) and thus improve horse control. When a horse is less in leakage and is not afraid of the outside environment, there is automatically an increase in its sporting abilities.


Hello Amber,

I think I am responsible for this because of the demonstrations I made at the horse show where people saw me riding in halter, rope and freestyle.
I think I was not clear enough that it is a pedagogical means and not an end in itself.

As in any subject, there are drifts and I try daily to break the current image of ethological equitation which is assimilated to ride halter / cord and to make the show. In the long term, I want ethological equitation to disappear because it is an integral part of riding.


Hello Ben,

Yes of course with work on the ground and mounted, all the horses can be mounted in halter or cord. If you want to learn how to educate your horse to ride to the cord, you can find all the exercises of my Horseman Science course on DVD:


Hello Levis,

To participate in an internship with me, you can consult our online agenda ( and contact the organizers directly to know the terms and availability (contact of the organizers is on the description of the internships).


Hello James,

I have several tips but the main advice is this one because the riders do not take into account the cognitive abilities and incapacities of their horse:

It is important not to do-do but educate to do.


Hello Connor,

The horse learns by association and his choices that he makes are fully related with the attractive or aversive associations that he makes with his environment.
For example: the wheelbarrow that arrives in the stable becomes very attractive because it announces the arrival of the pellets; The obstacle can become very aversive if someone has put too much pressure when approaching this wooden bar ... It all depends on what your horse lives at the moment T.

In education we often use these associations.
For example: I close my legs, which is uncomfortable for the horse, and I remove my legs when the horse has responded.
Or: to go over a tarpaulin, I make it uncomfortable outside the tarpaulin and comfortable on the tarpaulin (ie: working outside the tarpaulin and stopping work on the tarpaulin)
Be careful not to confuse discomfort and terrorization! Depending on the sensitivity of your horse the discomfort may be something very light.


Hi Molly,

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Hello Megan,

The term whisper is a metaphor describing the fact that you can not see or hear a rider's codes toward his horse: like whispering in spoken language

A whisperer is therefore a person who moves his horse without anyone being able to perceive his codes.
So all the riders with discreet, fine helpers are whisperers.

I don’t like this term because many put behind a mystical connotation while it is a science of education.
If when you watch my videos, you do not see my actions of hands, legs, trim, body ... so I'm a whisperer. But I do not speak, I whisper nothing in the ear of the horses.


Hello Emily,

When I arrived in France, I was a Cowboy in the true sense of the term, meaning that I spent years moving livestock on a farm: so I was dressed in this way because it was me but also because the horsemanship in the USA was worn by western riding. I soon realized that my clothes were considered an disguise here in French and European culture. And because of this, my message was parasitized by a "label", so I adapted.

Then France decided to put on what I teach (horsemanship) the term ethological riding. Scientists, true ethologists, did not appreciate the use of this terminology. So I was attacked by the scientific community. Also, France is a country of tradition, especially in the riding, and the novelty disturbed much. We have long talked about "fashion" for my subject.

On a daily basis I help horses and riders and now I am accepted by the French equestrian world but also by scientists because what was an attack at the start has become an opportunity.
By lexical obligation of the choice of "ethological equitation" for my profession, I was interested in the sciences of equine education thanks to Andrew Mclean. Knowledge in the science of learning now makes it possible to move towards more ethical equitation.


Hello Jack,

I had several because I had the chance to meet famous whisperers but also very good whisperers who are not mediatized.

If I limit myself to a few I will say:

Pat Parelli with whom I spent more than 5 years, who taught me all the technique but also the pedagogical aspect of what I teach.

Ray Hunt that I had the chance to rub shoulders regularly.

Andrew Mclean that I've known quite recently, which helps me put scientific words on technique and understand why the work of American whisperers works so well.

Without forgetting one of my main equine mentors: Stormy, thanks to whom I understood that one should educate a horse as one should educate a zebra.
I also created a DVD to explain what is called "stormy, my mentor":