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Category: Equine Training



A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

I am sure everyone is busy with last minute wrapping and organising for tomorrow’s festivities. However, in a day or two from now we will wonder what all the fuss was about, because ultimately Christmas is all about being close … Continue reading

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FEAR, the orienting response, the flight response and training a default ‘safe’ space

Would you like to create a bombproof, non-spooky horse? One who defaults to your side at liberty when it experiences anything frightening? This picture is the visual representation of the orienting response or freeze response. It is an involuntary physiological and … Continue reading

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Training the Young Horse – Counter Conditioning

From May when she arrived, until about a month or so ago, I’ve been focussed on an in depth counter conditioning programme with Ellie (my 3 year old). Although she hadn’t had all that much handling or training, what she … Continue reading

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The Art of Sculpting your Horse’s Behaviour – Shaping

  Shaping behaviour is the gradual sculpting of a specific behaviour whose very early beginnings arise out of the large pool of behaviours that occur naturally in the animal. It involves changing behaviour by reinforcing variations which are approximations towards the … Continue reading

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Positive Reinforcement to Improve Dressage Scores

Can you use positive reinforcement under saddle to help improve your dressage scores? You might be wondering how on earth you move your reward based training that you’ve been doing from the ground to ridden? Or perhaps you’ve not even … Continue reading

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No Trademarks, No Intellectual Property Rights – Force-free training is NOT a Training Method!

I really struggle to get across the gravitas of this concept to others, I think perhaps because for so many people, their quest for finding a ‘horsemanship’ style that suits them and their horse has resulted in a journey exploring many different horsemanship methods. … Continue reading

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Aversives, Evasions & Emotions…

  “Leaning on the rein, pulling through the rein, dropping behind the bit by bringing their heads towards their chest or even raising their heads up and hollowing. These are all termed evasions in the traditional horse world. Those evasions … Continue reading

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The FEAR Reflex Response – How Do Spiders Make YOU Feel?

Fantastic example explaining the FEAR reflex response in animals (including us) and why it’s important to recognise that paying attention to emotions when training our horses (and dogs) is vital. That feeling is REAL, it’s not voluntary and… it feels … Continue reading

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Behaviour that is reinforced is either maintained or increases in frequency

Sometimes I am reminded of just how different my Dancer is now compared to just a couple of years ago. The last couple of days they’ve had their hay topped up very early compared to normal. The reliable stimulus predicting … Continue reading

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The Academy is COMING SOON!

The Academy of Positive Horsemanship with Jo Hughes is COMING SOON! You won’t want to miss out on our fantastic launch offers which will only be available to those individuals who have joined our mailing list. You can get yourself … Continue reading

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