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Key Lessons for Trainers and their purpose
- Key Lesson Principles of Learning and Motivation.
If you know how learning occurs and how you can stimulate learning you have a powerful tool in hands. Learning and motivation go hand in hand. If you can figure out what motivates a certain behaviour you have the key in hands to either increase that behaviour if it’s desired behaviour or how to decrease it, if it’s undesired behaviour.
- Key Lesson Training plan.
If you have a goal, you can make a plan. Studies have proven that with a plan you’re way more likely to succeed than without one.
- Key Lesson Shaping plan.
A shaping is a written manual for training a particular behaviour and it includes all steps that are needed to train that behaviour. The more steps it includes the better it is. By writing it out before you start, you’re prepared well and this will prevent frustration in horse and in you.
- Key Lesson Training journal.
Only when you monitor what your doing and what brought you success and what pitfalls you discover, you can grow and learn fast. Writing your results down will also make yourself conscious about what you did and how you did it. With a good training journal you have a powerful tool in hands to duplicate your training successes. For training your own horse as well as all future horses you will train.
- Key Lesson Accountability.
We all need support and accountability in order to accomplish our goals. If you have someone that knows about your goals and asks you on a regular basis how you’re doing and if you need help, it will speed up your results. This is proved in numerous scientific research.
- Key Lesson Emotions in Training.
Emotions, we all have them and also our horse’s behaviour is driven by them. The better we recognize emotions the better we can deal with them in training. Not only the positive ones but also the negative ones. It’s key to know what triggers frustration, anger, aggression, curiosity, fear, play and so on in our horses. The more knowledge you have the better you can prevent the ones that inhibit learning (like fear) and make training more effective.