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Sep 30, 2017

Award Winning Equine Scientist, Equine Trainer, Equestrian Coach and Speaker


About Andrew McLean
Andrew is the winner of the highest Australian science award, the Eureka Prize for Science, Andrew McLean is in great demand as a trainer, coach and speaker. In addition to establishing the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre, he has written 5 books, including an international best seller, and authored 35 peer-reviewed journal articles.

An accredited coach for more than 30 years, Andrew’s own riding achievements include winner of the advanced section of the famous Gawler Three-Day-Event, representing Australia in Horse Trials, short-listed for the World Championships, competitor at State and National events in FEI level Dressage and Eventing, and Show Jumping to Grand Prix level. he also held a racehorse owner/trainer licence, and raced bareback in Australia and New Zealand in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Andrew also began training elephants in Nepal in 2007, which led to the establishment of the not-for-profit HELP Foundation (Human Elephant Learning Program), of which he is now Senior Vice President. This cooperative project focusses on the optimal management, welfare and training of elephants in Asia using innovative training techniques based on learning theory and the elimination of punishment.


Favourite Inspirational Quote
Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see


Who Has Inspired Andrew
Tom Roberts who was the first person Andrew ever knew who correctly described negative reinforcement in user-friendly terms of ‘profit’ and ‘profit you not’, as an integral part of his horse training principles.


About This Episode
Andrew talks about his background in zoology and learning about natural animal behaviour led him to explore how animals learned.

His PhD studies in Learning Theory explored training methods in horses, what good trainers do and the theory behind it.

Andrew discusses how he has transferred his knowledge to elephants with a link to the charity to support this work, relevant to all animal lovers.


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The books that Andrew has written can be found on this link


HELP (Human Elephant Learning Program) Charity