Category Archives: The Volunteering Horse

Trained to endure or trained to participate?

In the 2016 Clicker Expos Eva Bertilsson, Emelie Johnson-Vegh and I gave a lecture on the topic of giving animals choice and control in their training. For me it is a significant way to refine and optimize how we use … Continue reading

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Whips and carrots

Sometimes I get caught up in conversations where people devalue the use of food as a training tool and then I stop and remind them what I’ve accomplished. I have worked with many, many horses who were very troubled. Some … Continue reading

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A closer look at food reinforcers

I have a friend who is a wonderful trainer. More recently she noticed that her animal had begun to change in response to the available reinforcers. Because the animal knew that sometimes there were other more tasty treats available, and … Continue reading

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“Ride the horse the direction it’s going”

In every horse discipline there seems to be a catch phrase or reminder of how to go about teaching the horse what you want. One in particular comes to mind that everyone seems to immediately assimilate into their jargon, and … Continue reading

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Teaching the Volunteering Horse AND his person

The Volunteering Horse: MY PURPOSE AND EMPHASIS IS ON HOW WE TEACH BEHAVIOR. It is in the teaching phase that I avoid pressure techniques and where I use positive reinforcement to SHAPE, CAPTURE, TARGET, MOLD, AND LURE in an effort … Continue reading

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