WHAT IS VALUE? Clinician Mark Lyon riding a horse who has the purpose of helping with ponying, with my mustang Leo, who’s been trying to understand his place in this life. This is from 2017. Is it wrong to view our relationship with the horse through the lens of what they can do for us?… Continue reading APPRECIATION VS EXPLOITATION
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
I wear this belt buckle every day. It describes the path I’ve found myself on pretty well. My journey may look different than others. My place in the industry is different than others. I make a living riding horses and starting colts for the general public in cowboy country in rural Nebraska. I also happen… Continue reading ‘PUT PRINCIPLES INTO ACTION’
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?
For anyone who has experienced this… I’m sorry. I’m sorry, because I’ve experienced it, and I know how it feels. I’m sorry, because I’ve been guilty of doing it in the past. I’m sorry, because I know there is a trend to pretend this isn’t happening, or if it is, to dismiss it as comparable… Continue reading The Paradox of the Positive Trainer
I’ve been talking a lot about CAT-H and Tapping this past year. Safe to say, I’ve done more than just fall down the rabbit hole… I’m a permanent resident of Wonderland at this point. After experimenting with dozens of horses, from feral to unhandled domestics, from phobic and hypervigilant, to shutdown saddle horses, I think… Continue reading THE PROBLEM WITH CAT-H AND TAPPING
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
Long story short, we need to strive to keep our horses’ ears level when we are bending them.The End. Just kidding. Y’all know I’m going to write a novel. I’m going to spam a bunch of past posts on the ‘crest flip,’ give a rider’s-eye view, and attempt to demystify and simplify this thing that… Continue reading KEEP IT ON THE LEVEL
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!
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