Equine International, in collaboration with Touching Wild, partners with a number of organizations around the world to offer unique educational excursions to amazing locations to study feral and wild-living horses and equids. All courses offer insight into equine ethology, behavior, welfare, and how to bring this knowledge back to our own domestic animals. Each course brings in professionals and specialists in the area and portions of the proceeds support research at Equine International, local efforts in Rewilding, conservation, wild equid welfare and management, and environmental efforts.
The Learning Wild course at Wicken Fen provides an incredible opportunity to look inside the lives of over 100 feral horses as they live alongside human visitors in this gorgeous nature reserve. With the support and assistance of the Konik management team at Wicken Fen, we’ll explore the rich history of the herd, the individuals that make up the social groups at Wicken, and get an exclusive look inside the lives of the horses that live there. Learn more HERE (links to learningwild.net)
Come and spend 4 days exploring the ancient Skyrian Horse in it's native habitat on the beautiful island of Skyros in Greece! Skyrian horses are a rare breed and this course explores the history and culture surrounding this ancient breed and current efforts to protect both the breed and the land. Days focus on the horses, culture, the island, and exploring new ways to use this knowledge to improve well-being of all free-living and domestic equines. Learn more HERE (links to learningwild.net)
Come and spend 5 days immersed in the wild lives of the free-living Eriskay ponies who roam free on the beautiful island of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides. The history of the ponies is closely intertwined with the lives and Gaelic culture of the islanders. Eriskay ponies are among the last surviving remnants of the original native ponies of the Western Isles of Scotland. Learn more HERE (links to learningwild.net)
We are very excited to invite you to join the first ever Learning Wild trip to Mongolia to observe and learn about the Takhi (Przewalskii) horses, the culture, and rich biodiversity in which they live. This once-in-a lifetime experience promises to be not only an a rare and immersive journey through a wonderful country but also an opportunity to directly study and learn from and about the world’s last truly wild horse. Links and details to come!
(Postponed from original April dates) We are excited to invite you to join us for the first ever Learning Wild course at Knepp Wildland Project, 3,500 acres of stunning natural habitat, heaving with wildlife and home to 2 herds of free-living Exmoor ponies. More information to come!
Come and spend 5 days in the spectacular landscape of the Cairngorms National Park. Immerse yourself in the wild lives of the free-living Konik horses who roam free on the RSPB Insh Marshes reserve and the Takhi (Equus Prezwalski) who live at the Highland Wildlife Park (HWP). Although every course is unique, it will likely follow the a similar schedule to the 2023 course. More information to come!