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Life Through the Senses;
Education, Consulting, 
Behavioral Profiling 
& Coaching
With, Kerry M Thomas

"Horsemanship is not itself a physical action, it is the pursuit of knowledge measured by the thoughtfulness of the acts that follow. Be the bridge, not the block." kmt

What is Sensory Soundness?

"When we discover how our horses are communicating with their environment, we can learn how to properly communicate with them. For we will always find that to better understand the world of the horse, we must explore the horse's view, of their world." kmt The Sensory Unsound horse is subject to psychological imbalances; the degree of misalignment every bit as, if not more impactful than being physically unsound and off balance. Affecting everything that is asked to be translated into physical movement, Sensory Soundness connects the physical world with the emotional horse. Sensory Soundness is the measure of an individual’s capacity to harmonize with their environment, mitigate emotional stress and realize contentment through the efficiency of their sensory sequence. Profoundly speaking, sensory soundness is the fluent intersection between corporeal and cognitive senses, connecting the physical world with the emotional horse. The sensory system is tasked with innumerable physical as well as emotional charges. Everything the horse was, is and can become, from hierarchical placement in nature to their capacity of realizing physical talent as athletes in a domesticated world, is predicated upon the efficiency of and the responses to, their sensitivities. Sensory soundness is to the emotional horse what oxygen is to the physical body; it is the operating system that runs the machine. In the realm of equine science some might say that Kerry has revolutionized the understanding of horse behavior and performance through his pioneering concept of Sensory Soundness. Unlike conventional methods that primarily focus on physical attributes, sensory soundness delves into the intricate world of a horse's sensory perception to unlock the keys to their true potential. At the core of Sensory Soundness lies the recognition that a horse's behavior and performance are deeply influenced by their sensory experiences. Through meticulously analyzing a horse's sensory profile, encompassing visual, auditory, and tactile sensitivities, invaluable insights into understanding their individual temperament, preferences, and potential limitations are revealed. More than “what” the horse is, you learn “who” the horse is. An approach that goes beyond mere observation; it involves a systematic assessment that considers various environmental stimuli and how they shape a horse's responses. Through this comprehensive understanding, trainers, riders, and owners can tailor their interactions, training methods, and environments to optimize the horse's comfort, confidence, and performance. What sets Sensory Soundness apart is its holistic perspective, acknowledging the interconnectedness of a horse's sensory experiences with their overall emotional well-being and performance. By embracing this paradigm shift, equestrians can foster stronger bonds with their equine partners and unlock new levels of achievement. In essence, Sensory Soundness and Sensory Mapping represent a groundbreaking paradigm shift in equine science, offering a transformative approach that empowers equestrians to enhance the welfare and performance of their horses through a deeper understanding of their sensory world.

Lesson TwoNow Available

Sensory Soundness Online Course

Understanding Sensory Soundness
Lesson Two Educational Module Two

Psychological Pace and the Equine Athlete
A Guide to Understanding the Speed of Perception

“Where distance is a measurement in time, athletic aptitude is a measure of duration.” kmt

Welcome to the second lesson in our "Understanding Sensory Soundness" series, crafted to delve deeper into the intricate world of equine psychology. In this module, we begin to explore the foundational principles of interpretive ratio. Here is the trailhead where we begin to peer through the enigma of time, its perception and how it manifests through a horse's sensory system. We explore the concept of duration over distance and the critical role interpretive rate plays in the accumulation of stress and overall performance capacity. The first step to mapping the sensory system and discovering the true nature of Sensory Soundness is by taking a view from the hoof. This lesson module evolved as an extension of my ongoing work in evaluating horse-athletes in creating coaching programs that fit their psychological patterns and sensory aptitudes. It became clear to me, as I began work on Lesson Two, that on our road through the mind of the horse there are many stops, and my recent discoveries in this area play such a significant role in the horse’s domesticated life, that going forward without their inclusiveness would be like removing an important chapter from a book. To understand the context of sensory soundness is to gain an appreciation for the totality of its impact. Module Two serves as a prequel to the previously planned and outlined, now Module Three. The fundamentals of interpretative ratio that you are about to be introduced to are in my opinion among the most profound discoveries of my life. Setting the stage through your expanding knowledge of it we travel together along this engaging road of mystery. Whether you ride for pleasure, are in pursuit of a gold medal, or seeking that Grade 1 win on the track, this introduction to the concepts of duration v/s distance, sensory soundness v/s sensory unsoundness, and the impact you have on performance aptitude relative to them, will upgrade and uplift your ability to understand and emotionally connect, with any horse. In this module can be found: In-depth Insights: Discover how a horse’s sensory soundness affects their ability to process environmental stimuli and maintain focus under pressure. Practical Knowledge: Learn how actionable strategies to enhance your horse’s sensory efficiency will ensure peak performance and mental resilience. Expert Guidance: Benefit from Kerry’s extensive expertise and pioneering research in equine athletic psychology and the sensory processes that mitigate the heavy weight of emotional stress. This lesson module is designed to empower you with the knowledge to improve your horse’s competitive edge by understanding and leveraging their sensory strengths. Join me on this journey to elevate your equine partnership and unlock new levels of performance. Thank You! ~ Kerry

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Be the Bridge, Not the Block; Seminars & Clinics

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Netherlands, September 2024
London England & Surrounding Areas, November/December 2024
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3 lecture bundle

Welcome to: Open Range Extended Studies
Where Learning Meets Adventure!
Review: *****

Practical Application

Learning new concepts is always great, but guidance is required in how to apply the concepts. This brief outline sets the path for the practical application of all the concepts Kerry presents. All the theory in the world is worth nought if you can't apply it to improving your horses life, this is the start of that application. Thanks Kerry! ~Philip Grace

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Open Range, Extended Studies is an innovative bundle of 3 'Short-Lectures’ offering a wealth of knowledge. Available to you for 90 days, we are setting you free to explore an Open Range of learning and discovery. Dive into topics you won't find anywhere else, curated to elevate both your equestrian skills and your inner wisdom.

Wild Horses

"A horse lives by the laws of their nature. Where they fit in to the herd, how they interpret their world, how they learn, how they're coached, how they ultimately perform, is governed by the rules of that nature; it is wise to make and effort, to understand it."

Kerry M Thomas


I came across Kerry from THT Bloodstock about 9 months ago and have been obsessed since.  His knowledge and understanding of Herd Dynamics and Sensory Soundness is unrivalled.  I have listened to podcasts, had my horses sensory soundness mapping done, read his book and even attended his inaugural 2 day seminar in Sutton Forest, Australia.  Kerry’s unique understanding of horses and his ability to teach and enhance horse owners understanding of their own horses is amazing.  I have learnt so much from Kerry and I now look at horses in a completely different way.  Kerry’s saying “the operating system runs the machine” is so vital to understanding horses and their behaviours,  that I feel every horse person should be exposed to Kerry’s teachings.  I can’t wait for all of his new course offerings and I hope that if you are reading this, you too delve into the world of Herd Dynamics and Sensory Soundness.  You will not be disappointed.

 Lisa Savli   ACT, Australia

Kerry Thomas Teaching Seminar
Run Happy Race Horse
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Australia Event Perth
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