positive reinforcement versus negative reinforcement

Why are NH and traditional horse training methods still popular? This is why

You would think that if one knows better, they will do better. Right? I think it is a bit more complicated than that. Here is why. Natural horsemanship (NH) and traditional horse training are based on negative reinforcement. Negatieve reinforcement is strengthening behaviour by taking away an aversive (= something unpleasant). Pressure-release is an example …

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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.

Fact Friday: Negative vs Positive Reinforcement Training for Rehabilitated Horses

Recently I started training the rescue horses at the BC SPCA. I was asked to help (re)train the horses with positive reinforcement, since that is my specialty. Would my training benefit the rehabilitated horses in terms of welfare? Is negative reinforcement training better in terms of welfare or is a horse better off with positive reinforcement training? I found …

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