4 Week Study Group – Foundation Theory Lessons 2
March 29 - April 25
It is FREE for all CT Club members.
This week is all about diving in deeper into the emotional side as we look at impulse control, relaxation and motivation in training. Finding this emotional balance is the core of Connection Training because when your horse is relaxed, connected and willing, everything is much easier and more joyful for both of you.
Taking the emotional understanding further, this week we’re looking at how to approach horses who are having a strong emotional, and therefore behavioural, reaction to handling and training. This is usually due to their history and personality. We’ll look in depth at how to deal with two common scenarios – horses who are extremely anxious about being handled and trained, and horses who show over-arousal, such as over-excitement, tension, frustration, grabbing, dropping and so on. This is useful for all horse owners, even if your horse isn’t showing these behaviours, because the sooner you can recognise emotional signs of anxiety and over-arousal, the easier it is to adapt your training to help your horse.
This week we’re looking deeper at cues. What makes a good cue? How do you transfer a cue? The emotions associated with cues, and so on. How you cue and when you cue also has a big impact on your horse, so we’ll look at some ways you can improve your cues to help your horse stay relaxed, connected and focused.
In this final week, we’ll look at some training techniques around fading out the clicker, food and target. This is a common question because you don’t want to be feeding every tiny thing forever, so we’ll address here how you can move on once your horse knows and understands a behaviour.