Do you recognize and accept feelings and emotions in riding and training your horse? How do you handle them? Or do you just ignore them because you have no idea what to do? Traditional training didn’t teach you, did it?
In positive reinforcement training we need our horse to think about what we want and to make a conscious decision to do it. We don’t push, pull, force or threaten our horse in the right direction and release the pressure, force or take away the threat when he performs the desired behaviour. No, we have toRead more about 5 Benefits of using a Shaping Plan in Horse Training[…]
The word ‘Patience’ is between quotation marks because this is not really patience. It is ‘just a learned skill’ that looks like the horse is patient. We often tend to think horses have ‘to know by now’ what we want them to do, but in reality we simply have to teach them. In my businessRead more about 5 Benefits of Teaching Your Horse to be ‘Patient’[…]
One of the key lessons in my positive reinforcement course is mat training. In mat training you teach your horse to stand on a mat with the two front feet. Once your horse knows what is expected of him, you can turn this exercise into a powerful tool to teach new behaviours. Applying Mat TrainingOnce your horse is happy to stand onRead more about More about Mat Training[…]
In shaping the trainer splits the goal behaviour into easy achievable steps for the horse. Each step is rehearsed and reinforced until the animal fully understands what is expected. Then the criterion will be raised and the next step towards the end behaviour is trained. And so on, until you’ve trained the desired behaviour. InRead more about Key to Success: make a Shaping Plan[…]