Riding The Spiral Path Blog

Boundaries, and Blocking, and Negative Reinforcement, Oh My!

Are boundaries and positive reinforcement mutually exclusive? Absolutely not. Boundaries are simply the physical space we require in any given situation in order for us to feel comfortable or safe. Everyone’s boundaries are different, and they change in different situations with different horses. We should never let someone convince us that our boundaries should look… Continue reading Boundaries, and Blocking, and Negative Reinforcement, Oh My!

EVALUATING OUR USE OF THE QUADRANTS BY THE ANIMAL’S EMOTIONAL RESPONSE, NOT OUR OWN

My posts are often a bit of a brain dump of whatever it is I’m mulling over presently in my own horsemanship, often a result of researching, experimenting, and some very nerdy conversations with my favorite fellow nerds. I used to be afraid to share these things, but I’ve had great feedback where people say,… Continue reading EVALUATING OUR USE OF THE QUADRANTS BY THE ANIMAL’S EMOTIONAL RESPONSE, NOT OUR OWN

Contradicting Ourselves: Shaming and Judgement in the Positive Reinforcement Community

We talk a lot about poisoned cues, but what happens when those of us who could be ambassadors of positive reinforcement are poisoning the movement by being aversive? What happened to the idea of successive approximation? Allowing behavior extinction as something is no longer found reinforcing? If we know that Pavlov is always on our… Continue reading Contradicting Ourselves: Shaming and Judgement in the Positive Reinforcement Community

Parallels Between Equine Facilitated Therapy and Horse Training

Sometimes my approach can come off a bit mystic, but science is always at the heart of what I'm doing... MY BACKGROUND For a few years, I facilitated an equine program for a detention center. In addition to the wonderful sessions I shared with the incarcerated individuals I met, I was emersed in learning about… Continue reading Parallels Between Equine Facilitated Therapy and Horse Training