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Providing evidence based horse & rider education through equine courses online, clinics & lessons.

Equitation Science International (RTO TOID 41254) is internationally recognised as the first accredited training centre dedicated to improving horse training using an evidence-based and ethical approach. First developed by Dr Andrew McLean, Equitation Science International and its graduates are paving the way for a more modern and ethical approach to horse training and coaching that can be easily understood and applied by both horse professionals and enthusiasts.

The Diploma of Equitation Science is a nationally accredited horse training and coaching qualification based on the scientific principles of how horses behave, learn and move. It is the only evidence based horse training qualification in the country.

Equitation Science International is an approved VET Student Loans provider for 10872NAT Diploma of Equitation Science.

“Equitation science is an extremely exciting new field, changing the traditional methods of horse training to a clear, ethical and systematic approach.”


Dr Andrew McLean

Equitation Science

The field of equitation science first emerged as a discipline in 2006 to combine learning theory, biomechanics and ethology to examine the salience and efficacy of more traditional horse training techniques.

As the welfare of horses in sports and the future of these sports are continuously scrutinised, equitation science holds great promise in providing a clear, systematic and sustainable approach to horse training, based on the principles of learning theory.

Put simply, equitation science prioritises how the horse learns and, in doing so, it aims to inform and improve horse-human interactions both in hand and under saddle.

“Equitation science provides a refreshingly clear and horse-centred approach to understanding how horses interact with humans on the ground and in the saddle.”


Prof Paul McGreevy ~ University of Sydney

Our Equine Courses

We currently offer two courses in equitation science, including:

  • How Horses Learn, an essential equine course online for riders, coaches and trainers of all levels.
  • 10872NAT Diploma of Equitation Science, a nationally recognised course providing graduates with theoretical knowledge, highly practical skills and increased career opportunities in the growing field of equine science.

To find out more about studying at Equitation Science International, watch this short video.

Our Students

Graduates of Equitation Science International are well equipped and practically competent in the field of equitation science, with highly tangible skills and lasting results in how they handle, train and coach horses, both in their careers and personal interactions.


Here’s what two of our graduates have to say about studying at Equitation Science International.

“Studying at Equitation Science International has significantly impacted my life in several ways. It has greatly broadened my education in equitation science and given me the knowledge, skills and confidence to start my own horse training and coaching business. Additionally, it has created access to an international community of progressive, like-minded horse people dedicated to using evidence-based knowledge to improve the horse’s welfare, and interactions between horse and trainer. This fosters continued learning and career enhancement. To be able to train horses and coach people is a dream come true.”

Kevin OvenstoneEquitation Science International Graduate

“I spent many years searching for the Holy Grail of horse training and, after travelling throughout Europe, I found the answer right here in Australia. Equitation science and learning theory allow me to objectively view any interactions between people and horses, identify where any errors may have occurred and, most importantly, provide me with the tools to fix them. The Diploma of Equitation Science has been invaluable. Equitation science has revolutionised the way I train, handle horses and coach riders. No other method is subject to the same scrutiny and peer-review. As a scientist, I appreciate that I now train and coach using proven methods, rather than those founded on hearsay and good marketing. I have been set upon a path from which I will not deviate.”

Victoria CondonEquitation Science International Graduate