Exploration with a two year old: The Blue Pool

This is a link to the post that is on my facebook page as there are so many images it was easier to upload there: see full post


‘We have reached that wonderful point where she is starting to drop her nap and doesn’t get tired as quickly and she is able and happy to walk for long periods meaning we no longer have to drag the buggy round, avoiding the interesting narrow or steep paths or awkwardly carrying the buggy up and down steps in defiance.’


Vera&Bob – Learning Theory for Kids

The time has finally arrived. In 72hours Vera&Bob should be available on Amazon Kindle etc. The Paper copy should be available in August.


‘Vera is a young bilingual girl who loves running barefoot around the garden and exploring nature. On her Seventh birthday her Mum (a behavioural scientist) surprises her with a pony called Bob, but there is a catch; he is a rescued wild pony who is not used to being close to people.

The story follows Vera learning about training techniques and behaviour, overcoming criticism and obstacles to train Bob using humane methods and compete and demonstrate what she has achieved, at equestrian shows.

The book contains a lot of moral life messages that are applicable and transferable to other scenarios. It introduces complex equestrian specific terms and psychological language with definitions and illustrations.

The book employs the well known mnemonic device of story telling to introduce a complicated subject. Ideal for horse mad children, young adults and those new to or interested in owning horses.’

Are your children safe with animals?

I have been sharing and posting a lot more on my facebook page recently so please consider following that for more regular posts. I found an article that discusses animal and children interactions and the worrying level of videos and photos that are described as cute when the child is in fact in potential danger.

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Small children are unpredictable and move irraticallyIMG_20170504_105904.jpg with strange noises. I don’t think I have seen any animal not show some kind of anxiety, avoidance or appeasement behaviours around small children. Most try their hardest not to lash out physically because non human animals naturally avoid physical violence in case of injury to themselves, but this is why the parent should always monitor the situation and remove the child after short periods to give the animal a break and not push their thresholds too far… once the animal has snapped or acted more aggressively and found you remove the child it is difficult to reverse and they can learn to go straight for this step with less warning as they know it works.