Horsemanship expert to speak at WSU

PULLMAN – Renowned horse behaviorist and natural horsemanship expert Dr. Robert M. Miller is coming to Pullman on April 28 to give two public seminars.

“Behavior and Misbehavior of the Horse” begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. in room 203 of the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education on the Pullman campus. Tickets cost $50 per person if pre-paid by April 11, and $60 at the door. Lunch is also available for $11 per person if ordered by April 11. Tickets are limited and pre-registration is suggested.

There will also be a special evening session on foal training from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with a cost of $10 with registration for “Behavior and Misbehavior of the Horse,” or $20 per person, if pre-paid by April 11, to attend just the evening session.

“There is a revolution underway in horse training,” said Miller, an equine veterinarian, credited with revolutionizing horsemanship. “This entirely new way of training unravels 6,000 years of horsemanship.”

Miller’s key focus has been in using non-coercive methods and techniques to modify equine behavior naturally, and he was among the first to apply new techniques for training foals immediately after birth. Much of his work has been adapted by the biggest names in natural horse training today.

“It’s not often that a speaker and horseman of Dr. Miller’s caliber comes to the Inland Northwest. If you own horses or have an interest in horses, you won’t want to miss this opportunity,” says Francois Martin, associate director of the Center for Animal Well-Being and head of People-Pet Partnership at WSU.

For the past 20 years, Miller has dedicated his life to “to creating a better life for horses”, by teaching equine behavior and promoting humane horse training techniques.

“It has been tremendous to see these changes in training and horsemanship happen in my lifetime,” Miller said.

Proceeds from the event go to the Palouse Area Therapeutic Horsemanship program (PATH), a public service activity of the Washington State
University College of Veterinary Medicine. PATH provides weekly horseback riding lessons to people with a disabilities.

For tickets, and information, go to www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-pppp/equineBehavior.aspx or contact Sue Jacobson at 509/335-7347, sjacobson@vetmed.wsu.edu.

For more information about Miller, please visit his website at www.robertmmiller.com.

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