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Training Rescued Ponies: From Fear to Fun

Thank goodness there are wonderful people across the globe rescuing horses, ponies and donkeys in need. The first stage is supporting physical recovery. The next stage of emotional recovery can be a longer and trickier process and is where Connection Training can really make a difference. Hope and Valiente were two severely neglected ponies in Spain. …

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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 happy to learn. This is the first in a series of 7 in which Rachel will explore the full range of your horse’s core emotions. Find out how a great emotional connection is the key …

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Around a Round Pen – For Leading and Lunging

I LOVE this technique. It is so useful for so many situations and I have used it again and again over the years (and so many other people have told me how useful they find it, too!). The most common reasons to use it are: > Leading problems such as bargey, exploding, cutting in front …

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The Emotional Learning Quadrant

Did you see this good article, Positive Reinforcement: Where Does It Fit in Equine Training? about learning theory and horsemanship (with great comments on our own Shawna)? I particularly like the graphic that Henderson used to illustrate the four quadrants of operant conditioning: The Original Learning Quadrant This is often known as the “learning quadrant” …

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Phew! It’s OK to be Anthropomorphic!

Well, maybe you always have been and have not been bothered about scientists moaning on that “animals do not have feelings”. But I did a degree in biological sciences and the charge of being anthropomorphic, ascribing “human” feelings to animals, was a serious put down. As I was trying to prove my equal abilities as …

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Is Your Horse in Pain? Find Out with Behaviourist, Loni Loftus

Is your horse in pain? If so, how much? And what do you do about it in terms of management and training? These questions pop up in every caring horse owner’s life and lead to complex and difficult decisions you have to make. Clinical behaviourist, Loni Loftus, joined us last week for a brilliant online …

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