EBEC (evidence-based equine communication) is the world’s only horse-centric, science-based training method. Applying this method results in an intrinsically motivated horse which has reached its full potential.
EBEC is the result of combining scientific knowledge about the mind, instincts, and natural behavior of horses with classical and effective theories of learning. The method was developed by Andrea Kutsch and registered as a protected term on July 6, 2012.
In more specific terms, EBEC is a training method that is based on the natural behavior of horses. It takes a horse-centric perspective as the foundation for training and is continually refined as new scientific findings come to light. Persons trained to use EBEC can apply the method to elicit permanent behavior modifications in horses, create lasting improvements in performance and help horses achieve their full potential. Through minimal interaction, horses can learn everything they need to know to live among humans and perform the various tasks required of them.
EBEC is suitable for horses of all ages, levels of training and intended uses, as well as for all branches of the horse industry.
EBEC teaches how to assume an objective, self-reflective attitude in order to create a positive learning environment for horse and human. The adrenaline levels of both human and horse are kept low during EBEC training to allow for sustainable learning.
The pyramid in figure 1 (explained below) shows the foundations of EBEC.
A basic prerequisite for achieving a level of cooperation with the horse is taking into account the fundamental needs of both horse and human. Interspecific communication establishes a common language within a living process, generates mutual understanding, and strives to build connections on the basis of trust. By applying classical theories of learning, consequences become predictable for both horse and human and the horse can develop an intrinsic sense of motivation. As a result, we can set clear goals which are designed with the competencies and abilities of human and horse in mind in order to maximize the training potential and thus achieve the best possible results.
EBEC requires its trainers to not only exhibit a level of expertise in horse-centric training, but also to keep themselves up to date on how to apply the latest scientific findings.
Information acquired by observing natural behavior (instinctive behavior) is used in a logical and expedient manner and applied within the framework of classical theories of learning. This makes it possible to produce substantiated learning outcomes. To do this, we create training plans which are tailored to the horse’s level of understanding, psychological condition, learning behavior and stage of development.