Training Theory and Techniques

Success In Your Comfort Zone!

Success In Your Comfort Zone!

Ever been frightened when riding and been told "Don't be silly. You've got to leave your comfort zone if you ...
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Connection Creates Confidence

Connection Creates Confidence

I work with a lot of riders who lack confidence. Having broken my own back in a fall in 2004, ...
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Blog of the Year - Emotions and Training

Blog of the Year – Emotions and Training

BLOG OF THE YEAR To finish off 2016, we're all looking back at the year and choosing our favourite CT ...
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Can I Mix Negative and Positive Reinforcement?

This is a great question and one we get asked a lot. Many people coming to reward-based training have horses ...
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Panksepp's Emotional Systems in Horses: Conclusion

Panksepp’s Emotional Systems in Horses: Conclusion

This video concludes the series exploring Panksepp's emotional brain systems in horses. These brain systems are found in all mammals ...
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Getting It On! - 7. The LUST System

Getting It On! – 7. The LUST System

The job of the LUST System is pretty obvious; it drives animals to mate and reproduce. But what does it ...
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From Frustration to Fury - 6. The RAGE System

From Frustration to Fury – 6. The RAGE System

Horses are naturally peaceable animals in the wild. So why do we see so many aggressive behaviours in domesticity? In ...
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Don't Leave Me! - 5. The PANIC System

Don’t Leave Me! – 5. The PANIC System

If your horse suffers from separation anxiety, it's all down to the PANIC system in the brain. As a herd ...
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Run For it! - 4. The FEAR System

Run For it! – 4. The FEAR System

So far, I've looked at the feel-good brain systems of SEEKING, CARE and PLAY. Now it's time to delve into ...
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Having Fun - 3. The PLAY System

Having Fun – 3. The PLAY System

In this video, I look at the PLAY system, what play is to horses and how you can use it ...
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Making Connections - 2. The CARE System

Making Connections – 2. The CARE System

This video is all about understanding what goes on in the brain when your horse is building relationships, both with ...
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The Way Horses Feel: 1. Living the Good Life - The SEEKING System

The Way Horses Feel: 1. Living the Good Life – The SEEKING System

Ever wondered how your horse's emotions affect your training? In this video, Rachel explains what makes horses curious, enthusiastic and ...
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