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Jargon Busting: Some Learning Theory Terms for Horse Owners.

by Greg Glendell This article tries to explain some key terms used in leaning theory, as applied to training horses.  Learning theory is the scientific explanation of how all animals, including humans, behave. It is not really a ‘method’ for training horses. Instead, it explains how the process of learning takes place, regardless of the […]

CAT for Horses

By Laurel Gordon Based on a definition of CAT-H by Dolores Arste and Kellie Snyder. While working on her Master’s thesis, behavioural science student Kellie Snyder noticed that positive reinforcement methods like clicker training, or giving food treats, didn’t work so well on animals when there was a lot of fear involved. With the help […]

Winter Play Ideas

Some people see winter as a time to put the horses aside, some even complain about the weather, short days and no time to ride. Then there are those who see winter as a time to focus on other horsemanship challenges and these are only limited by your imagination. One of the most beneficial things […]

Getting a Bitless Connection

by Josepha at www.josepha.info Q: How do I get connection with my horse without a bit? A: First of all, I ask the question to each person what ‘connection’ is according to them. What people mostly say is the following: “The rider energises the horse with the legs (impulsion), after which the rider restricts the impulsion […]

Riding Bitless – ‘On the Bridle’

By Cynthia Cooper The term ‘on the bit’ has become commonplace and used to denote a certain frame or level of head carriage and collection of the horse. But what happens when you don’t have a bit in your horse’s mouth? Can your horse still collect and if they do, what can you call it? […]

Disengagement is a Powerful Control

 by Philip Nye What is disengagement? Firstly, its the opposite of engagement or full power as a disengaged horse has relaxed and yielded all its power. It has released its power to the hindquarters mainly but also softened and released its shoulders, head and neck. The horse overall is relaxed, submissive and yielding. So how […]

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