Do Horses Love Learning?

Teaching Horses To Love Learning

Does your horse look for­ward to his work­outs? Does he eas­i­ly under­stand what is expect­ed of him? Does he enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly per­form? Or is his train­ing labo­ri­ous, repet­i­tive, forced and coerced?

Do you want to devel­op bet­ter commu­ni­ca­tion with your horse? Deep­en the con­nec­tion and bond? Make train­ing reward­ing? See your horse moti­vat­ed to learn and try new things? Expe­ri­ence a horse that loves learn­ing and train­ing?

It has been shown with peo­ple, dogs and hors­es that oper­ant con­di­tion­ing with rewards pro­duces a more “hap­py” trainee than tra­di­tion­al means. Reward based train­ing is the best way to change behav­ior, increase the like­li­hood of a behav­ior and teach the ani­mal to enjoy learn­ing. Horse own­ers aren’t always cog­nizant of their neg­a­tive meth­ods because that is tra­di­tion­al horse train­ing. That is how it’s always been done. We tend to think if we aren’t beat­ing our hors­es than we are doing good.

I am here to chal­lenge you even more. Why not turn train­ing around? Why not reward the behav­iors, move­ments and moments that you want? Only notice the improve­ments, not the mis­takes. Break dai­ly rou­tines and train­ing reg­i­ments down into small seg­ments that are eas­i­ly taught and under­stood. Sig­nal to the horse that you like these behav­iors, rein­force them with rewards and see how quick­ly and enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly your horse can learn.  Are you inter­est­ed in learn­ing more?  Keep explor­ing this web­site and con­tact Rebec­ca Dou­glass.

Teaching Trainers to Incorporate Rewards in their Methods

The Reward Pro­gram is not just train­ing for tricks. It a whole train­ing method based on learn­ing behav­ior and ani­mal cog­ni­tion. The Reward Pro­gram can be used to intro­duce clip­pers, vac­u­ums, trai­ler­ing and a host of horse man­age­ment tasks. It can also be used to teach fly­ing changes, piaffe, jump­ing, bet­ter con­nec­tion, exten­sions and col­lec­tion. One can take the prin­ci­ples of learn­ing the­o­ry and apply it to any dis­ci­pline. The sky is the lim­it.  The pay­off for us as train­ers?  The horse thor­ough­ly enjoys his job and loves learn­ing.

Reward based train­ing allows the train­er to take into account each indi­vid­ual per­son­al­i­ty and how that par­tic­u­lar horse learns. It can build moti­va­tion when it’s need­ed in lazy hors­es and at the same time build con­fi­dence in the fear­ful horse. Best of all it builds a sol­id rela­tion­ship, brings the best out of each horse and hon­ors their spir­it.

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