Science-Based Training

I believe the future of horsemanship is the consilience of tradition and science; although I follow the traditions of classical and vaquero horsemanship, I also take a science-based approach to my horsemanship. This includes:

  • Utilizing TAGteaching in my coaching.
  • Focusing on correct biomechanics in both horse and rider.
  • Applying the principles of Behavioral Science and Applied Behavior Analysis via Classical Conditioning and Operant Conditioning.
  • Understanding the emotional dynamics involved in training; for example, Panksepp’s 7 Emotional Neurocircuits.

This means, in addition to traditional pressure and release training/negative reinforcement, I also use Positive Reinforcement in my horsemanship with Clicker Training.
All animal training, regardless of technique or method, can be broken down to the Four Quadrants of Operant Conditioning, which we might remember learning about with behaviorist B.F. Skinner and his rat mazes. An awareness of what quadrant we are using and what the animal perceives as aversive helps us become more effective, ethical trainers.
Keep scrolling to see some of the different interpretations of the Four Quadrants…

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See how a reiner integrates clicker training HERE.
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Click HERE to read more about how Positive Reinforcement fits into equine training
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Click HERE to learn about Panksepp’s 7 Emotional Neurocircuits

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Click HERE to learn more about balancing the quadrants

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Click HERE to learn more about the spectrum of aversives

 

Keep riding the spiral path of horsemanship,

Andrea

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