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Backing Your Horse – The Connection Training Way

Making the transition from groundwork to ridden work can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! At CT, we have some techniques to make this process smooth, easy, calm and fun for both you and your horse. These techniques can be broken down into 3 steps: Riding from the Ground This is where you …

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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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The First Connection: Learning from Foals

Have you ever wondered why reward-based training works so well to build a strong connection with your horse? Maybe it’s because when we start Connection Training, we emulate many of the behaviours that horses use themselves to create their mutual bonds. This fantastic video clip from The Cloud Foundation shows an older foal meeting his …

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