I’d like to share some information with you here about my background and career, and also impart on you the motivation I’ve found over the years.
I’ve been involved with horses since I was a child and have traditionally done English style riding: pleasure riding, hunting, jumping, and polo. In 1999, I traveled to California to meet with then up-and-coming horse whisperer Monty Roberts, who, like many others in the Natural Horsemanship industry, was making the claim that horses possess a communication system that people can use in their interactions with them. Monty Robert had developed his own way of doing things and he was committed to his approach. Given my natural inclination towards forward thinking, I quickly realized that a lot of things which seem meaningful and logical from a human point of view can be interpreted in a completely different manner from the horse’s perspective.
Back then, as someone who subscribed to horse whispering, I recognized a need for certainty in our approach to horses and in the options we have to train them, considering the rising amount of competition between individual disciplines and experts. It seemed possible to achieve this certainty by means of scientific findings and studies that assume a horse-centric perspective. Up to this point, most people in the horse industry (myself included) had gained their training by working, riding or completing training programs at stables or riding schools. The way you were taught to handle horses depended on the approach used, the culture, tradition, and history of the individual stable or school you were part of. The training process could take years and was dependent on the riding teachers, stable masters and keepers who happened to be working at the establishment. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it could often lead to inconsistencies. As demand grew on the part of modern horse owners for committed and competent horse professionals who knew how to handle both horse and human in a harmonious manner and further develop what we know about horses, I began to understand that we needed a training and communication technique made for today, an approach that gives due consideration to the horse, produces high-level performance, and is teachable.
Only scientific work could produce these kinds of results. From 2003 to 2010 I committed myself wholeheartedly to this project and put my successful television and writing career on the back burner. I began speaking primarily to international universities around the world that deal with horse-related research. This was the birth of EBEC.
The necessary second step in the development of EBEC was to create a modern didactic concept to make the technique teachable so that we could disseminate our knowledge to horse owners around the world and establish a uniform approach that could be employed by horse professionals to train horses of all disciplines and uses. As EBEC was being developed, I shared the knowledge I gained along the way to help thousands of people better understand their horses and to reduce the level of misunderstanding between human and horse. All of these people played a role in the development of the AKA as we know it today — the world’s leading educational institution for horse professionals and equine coaches. Our equine coaches are able to train horses efficiently, harmoniously, and from a horse-centric perspective using EBEC. At the same time, their skill set allows them to coach horse owners with excellent results.
The Andrea Kutsch Academy represents the qualitatively superior EBEC (Evidence Based Equine Communication) training and communication technique and provides training services resulting in certification as a professional equine coach or equine master coach using modern course and learning structures.
We combine practical work on horses with psychological and pedagogical content, as well as equine research, to transfer our knowledge to our everyday work. By employing a concrete and comprehensible approach combined with verifiable findings, we are creating acceptance for an efficient and harmonious cooperation between human and horse.
Our obligation to our students and graduates is to provide them with a solid foundation for using EBEC, which, when applied correctly, guarantees them one hundred percent training success. EBEC is continually being developed and refined at our annual conferences and as new studies are published. This means that our equine coaches are always up to date with the latest findings concerning the horse’s internal relationships and mental processes.
We combine a respect for the traditional and classical approach to horse training with an openness for science and advancements in technology. This openness enables us to use modern approaches to teaching and learning structures, such as webinars, in combination with online media (e.g. YouTube), among other technologies. Practical work with horses is also a big part of the passionate and touching work we do.
The AKA stands for professionalism and high quality standards. All of our seminar students, graduates and equine coaches, and most of all their horses, can profit from these qualities.
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