Tag Archives: positive reinforcement

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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The Volunteering Horse

One of the most profound experiences I have had in my training career has been the discovery of the Volunteering Horse. The Volunteering Horse looks and acts differently from any other horse I’ve seen. Their actions and behavior differs profoundly … Continue reading

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What can the horse give you NOW?

As a trainer I’ve had my share of wake-up calls. By that I mean either the delightful “ah-ha” moments when an idea or concept suddenly makes sense, or the other type of events based on experience, so called “learn burns” … Continue reading

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Moving my horses and how it affects their cues

I have been in the process of moving two full-sized horses and five minis for several months now. The move has occurred in two stages, and in many ways it’s as if we’ve moved twice. I’m still not complete with … Continue reading

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Reinforcement choices

From time to time someone will ask me about the need for continued use of reinforcement in their training program. Basically I think people tire of having to focus on their horse and what motivates the horse. They also might … Continue reading

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Honoring a choice

I wanted to give another illustration in an attempt to show how giving choice in a situation can radically alter the effectiveness of our training. I was at a Clicker Expo and saw a lecture given by Dr. Sue Friedman, … Continue reading

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Superstitious Behaviors

Animals and humans alike naturally want to regulate and keep the good things happening and the bad things at bay. When good things happen to us,¬†we tend to want to control how and why those good things happen, especially if … Continue reading

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