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REINFORCE YOUR HORSE!

I place HUGE emphasis and focus on touch acceptance within my programme both inside The Academy as well as in my one to one coaching. Here’s why… Many horses don’t actually enjoy being touched or scratched by humans due to … 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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When the Cue Doesn’t Work

There have been some very interesting discussions on some of the online groups I am on recently regarding cues. Cues are so important within our training as positive trainers; they are the glue which sticks everything together! However, understanding their … Continue reading

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Clinic in Hertfordshire with Dr Helen Spence – 2012

Dr Helen Spence is returning to Hertfordshire! A clinic at Tyrells Hall, Hertfordshire on Saturday 8th September 2012. Would you like to strengthen the bond between you & your horse? Would you like to train in a way that increases your horse’s … Continue reading

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The 10 Laws of Shaping Behaviours

Once you are underway with clicker training (positive reinforcement) you can teach your horse to do anything you can think of! However, there are some rules that are useful to be aware of during training. These rules were defined by … Continue reading

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Combining positive and negative reinforcement

Can I combine positive reinforcement with negative reinforcement? By Catherine Bell, The Equine Independent “Positive reinforcement (+R), particularly when used in conjunction with clicker training, is commonly combined with the use of negative reinforcement (-R) and/or punishment. Typically the aversive … Continue reading

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What exactly is a poisoned cue?

The term ‘poisoned cue’ is used much more frequently these days. Whilst that is in itself fabulous, unfortunately it’s true meaning seems to have become a little misunderstood along the way. Many individuals are using the term incorrectly to describe any anxiety related behaviour the … Continue reading

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Exploring collection at liberty

Dancer and I both really enjoy working at liberty. I have spent a lot of time exploring and playing with our balance at liberty, working on strengthening my cues and getting behaviours solidly under stimulus control. As such I have been focussing on exercises such … Continue reading

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T’ai Chi Rope Handling Workshop in Cambridgeshire

Balance that Clicks! Date: Saturday 10th September Emotional and physical balance through tranquility and freedom for humans Equi-libre Horses is hosting a T’ai Chi Rope Handling get together in the beautiful outbuildings of an 800 year old manor house overlooking the river … Continue reading

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What Is Clicker Training?

Clicker training is an animal training method based on behavioural psychology that relies on marking desirable behaviour and rewarding it. As such it is often called a positive reinforcement method because the animal is rewarded for the correct behaviour as … Continue reading

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