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  • Often when we transition horses over to Positive Reinforcement training and attempt to remove as many, if not all aversives from our horse's lives, we hit a very big bump!

We can decide that we have turned into a butterfly and everything will be rainbows and unicorns from now on - but our horses don't actually know or understand this yet.

As far as they are concerned, the world continues to be the confusing scary place it always was and they've been conditioned to see humans as things to be feared.

We #ditchdominance, we trash our bits, lose our whips and embrace training with food - but what then?

We start to give our horses choices and let them find their voice and all of a sudden our horses are either afraid, angry, out of control, confused, unco-operative or just downright not fun to be around anymore.  This is because we have turned their world upside down.  Instead of escape and avoidance of unpleasant stimulus (aversives), they are expected to offer behaviour and just well, learn stuff.  Never have they been asked to that before around humans - it's very confronting, confusing and just plain frightening!! They must surely feel like the ground has crumbled under their feet.

So when we transition ourselves and our horses, it's a huge learning curve!  Be kind to yourself and your horse - especially if you suspect they may be shut down.  Horses awakening from a place where they learnt that the only way to survive was to keep their head down and not react and not let their feelings be known, will find their voice in earnest!! So be prepared and be forgiving.  We may be paying for the sins of others or ourselves, but either way, our horses had no choice.  All we can do is be kind to ourselves and them and put one foot in front of the other and train!! 💚

#clickertraining
#positivereinforcementtraining
#clickertraininghorses
#trainwithoutfear
#horsetraining
#animaltraining
#appliedbehavioranalysis
#learningtheory
#forcefree
#fearfree
#rewardbased
#horsesofinstagram
#instahorses
#bitless
#liberty
#horsesandhuman
#positivehorsemanship
#horselover
#horseaddict
#horsedaily
#pferde
#whisperinghorse
  • Often when we transition horses over to Positive Reinforcement training and attempt to remove as many, if not all aversives from our horse's lives, we hit a very big bump!

    We can decide that we have turned into a butterfly and everything will be rainbows and unicorns from now on - but our horses don't actually know or understand this yet.

    As far as they are concerned, the world continues to be the confusing scary place it always was and they've been conditioned to see humans as things to be feared.

    We #ditchdominance, we trash our bits, lose our whips and embrace training with food - but what then?

    We start to give our horses choices and let them find their voice and all of a sudden our horses are either afraid, angry, out of control, confused, unco-operative or just downright not fun to be around anymore. This is because we have turned their world upside down. Instead of escape and avoidance of unpleasant stimulus (aversives), they are expected to offer behaviour and just well, learn stuff. Never have they been asked to that before around humans - it's very confronting, confusing and just plain frightening!! They must surely feel like the ground has crumbled under their feet.

    So when we transition ourselves and our horses, it's a huge learning curve! Be kind to yourself and your horse - especially if you suspect they may be shut down. Horses awakening from a place where they learnt that the only way to survive was to keep their head down and not react and not let their feelings be known, will find their voice in earnest!! So be prepared and be forgiving. We may be paying for the sins of others or ourselves, but either way, our horses had no choice. All we can do is be kind to ourselves and them and put one foot in front of the other and train!! 💚

    #clickertraining
    #positivereinforcementtraining
    #clickertraininghorses
    #trainwithoutfear
    #horsetraining
    #animaltraining
    #appliedbehavioranalysis
    #learningtheory
    #forcefree
    #fearfree
    #rewardbased
    #horsesofinstagram
    #instahorses
    #bitless
    #liberty
    #horsesandhuman
    #positivehorsemanship
    #horselover
    #horseaddict
    #horsedaily
    #pferde
    #whisperinghorse
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  • It’s ok to get a little crazy sometimes. Matey’s favourite crazy move is what I like to call ‘the dolphin buck’...lol😜🐎 #thoroughbred #moveslikejagger
  • It’s ok to get a little crazy sometimes. Matey’s favourite crazy move is what I like to call ‘the dolphin buck’...lol😜🐎 #thoroughbred #moveslikejagger
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  • Today's appreciation goes to Matty pony. Coming into work nicely and should be ready for my, considerably smaller, arse on board next week 😁
Having wintered out on nothing but hay too, he's looking brilliant 😍
Also we've now been a team for 6 years (and 4 days!) 😲😲 #matty #thoroughbred #exracehorse #love #horsesofinstagram #horse
  • Today's appreciation goes to Matty pony. Coming into work nicely and should be ready for my, considerably smaller, arse on board next week 😁
    Having wintered out on nothing but hay too, he's looking brilliant 😍
    Also we've now been a team for 6 years (and 4 days!) 😲😲 #matty #thoroughbred #exracehorse #love #horsesofinstagram #horse
  •  1  0  5 minutes ago
  • “Are you talking to ME?!”
  • “Are you talking to ME?!”
  •  2  1  6 minutes ago