Natural horsemanship vs clicker training

Debunking Myths: ‘The Whip is only an Extension of my Arm’

‘The whip is just an extension of my arm,’ ‘I don’t use it to whack my horse with,’ ‘I only tap my horse lightly and I don’t cause pain’ are only a few of the explanations horse people give when they are asked why they are using a whip. They don’t realize that the whip IS an aversive tool and the reason the horse listens is because of that. There is an alternative, a way of training without force that works just as well and leads to a better relationship with your horse.

Difference between Negative (R-) and Positive Reinforcement (R+)

Let’s start with explaining what positive and negative reinforcement is. Then I will share what was a real eye-opener for me about the difference between positive reinforcement (R+) and negative reinforcement (R-). It is not so much the obvious difference (the carrot or the stick-difference), it’s way cooler! Definitions Reinforcement (R): strengthening (a behaviour) + …

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Myth Monday: ‘Clicker Trainers don’t use Pressure’

There is a huge misunderstanding about the word ‘pressure‘ in the horse world. I hear people who want to start positive reinforcement training but they hesitate: ‘How can I start clicker training my horse and don’t use any pressure? Isn’t that impossible?’ Yes, training a horse without pressure is impossible, but let me explain the …

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Reflections on +R vs -R (positive reinforcement vs negative reinforcement)

How valuable is a behaviour to you when it is associated by the horse with aversives (-R, negative reinforcement)? Is a behaviour that is associated with something pleasurable /appetitives (+R, positive reinforcement) worth less, or more to you? Or do you not care at all what your horse’s associations are with your ways of getting …

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