Riding The Spiral Path

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APPETITIVES, AVERSIVES, & ABSOLUTES

Or, FALLACIES OF THRESHOLDS & STRESS, & PARALYSIS OF ANALYSIS WITHIN THE POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT BUBBLE Or, BLACK AND WHITE DUALISTIC THINKING VS POLYISTIC THINKING VIA THE POLYVAGAL THEORY There has been a mixed response to some of the topics from this year’s ASAT conference; particularly, pertaining to CAT-H and Negative Reinforcement, and the research showing… Continue reading APPETITIVES, AVERSIVES, & ABSOLUTES

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CLICKER TRAINER USING A SIGNAL BIT… PARADOX OR SCIENCE?

SIGNAL BITS & HACKAMORES…LEVERAGE DEVICES OR DISCRIMINATIVE STIMULI SIGNAL DEVICES? PRE-SIGNAL APPLICATION & SIGNAL DEVICES…BRINGING ‘BALANCE’ TO NEGATIVE REINFORCEMENT? A lot of western tools are all about enhancing pre-signals before we ever apply pressure… Why?Because in the working horse, when we are doing precision speed work, our tools might need to make up for the… Continue reading CLICKER TRAINER USING A SIGNAL BIT… PARADOX OR SCIENCE?

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

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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!

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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