Science

New Paradigm? Or Standing on the Shoulders of Giants? Part 2

Isaac Newton For science-based trainers, there have been some really good conversations here recently that are challenging how, in some circles, we assume the need for a ‘new paradigm’ which throws the baby out with the bathwater, and often, influential horsemen under the bus. Some of these conversations have gained momentum from being discussed at… Continue reading New Paradigm? Or Standing on the Shoulders of Giants? Part 2

Science

New Paradigm? Or Standing on the Shoulders of Giants? Part 1

I’ve noticed a trend that, as our horsemanship evolves, we seem to forget that we are standing on the shoulders of giants. For instance, while natural horsemanship clinicians are often criticized as fixating on marketing by ‘reinventing the wheel,’ I find that us science-based trainers aren’t immune to this Christopher Columbus syndrome either, sometimes throwing… Continue reading New Paradigm? Or Standing on the Shoulders of Giants? Part 1

Operant Counterconditioning/CAT-H

CAT-H AS OPERANT COUNTERCONDITIONING

I will probably start referring to the work I do with unhandled or reactive horses as Operant Counterconditioning, instead of CAT-H, to avoid any misunderstanding of my stance on how it functions. I personally no longer refer to CAT-H as Negative Reinforcement, but Operant Counterconditioning, which, from my understanding, is how the originators of CAT,… Continue reading CAT-H AS OPERANT COUNTERCONDITIONING

Operant Counterconditioning/CAT-H

CAT on Horses

Have you ever tried CAT? Some say you shouldn’t do that “But it’s Negative Reinforcement, oh my!” I dare you to give it a try No need for so much consternation, we’re just looking for relaxation! …“But it’s Negative Reinforcement, oh my!”I dare you to give it a try!No need for so much consternation,we’re just… Continue reading CAT on Horses