Karl Hester Tips on Horse Training
As your young horse grows older, you need to clearly understand your goal and make adjustments to your work plan. If with a five-year-old horse I try to pay more…

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Thoroughbred horse breed description
It is known that England is the birthplace of a thoroughbred horse breed of horses. It was bred in the XVII-XVIII centuries. based on local and imported horse breeds. At…

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How an amateur rider can overcome fear in favor of concentration
Trainer Annette Paterakis shared the story of her student Katie McNair to show how amateur riders can gain confidence. Katie faced concentration problems that led the rider to disappointing results…

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negative reinforcement

Thoroughbred horse breed description

It is known that England is the birthplace of a thoroughbred horse breed of horses. It was bred in the XVII-XVIII centuries. based on local and imported horse breeds. At different times, England had frisky and hardy horses. Reliable information about the good qualities of the English horse before entering the eastern horses, we find the writer Markgan. In 1614, he noted: “If it comes to performance and endurance, then there is no horse that could compare with the English. The latter is not only well-built, but also bold, strong and hardy. ”
The Norfolk breed is already mentioned in the XII century. With a noble type head, similar to the Arabian one, with a short and strong back, a long and wide croup, average height up to 160 cm, horses of this breed were considered “suitable for armed riders.” Under Henry VII (XV century), this breed was Continue reading

Negative reinforcement in horse training: pros and cons

The phrase “negative reinforcement” often causes misunderstanding. Yes, many people know this term, but hesitate to give it a clear definition.

So, let’s start from the very beginning: negative reinforcement is a learning tool in which painless pressure is applied until the horse responds in the desired way. When the horse answers, the pressure is relieved. Over time, the horse associates this particular reaction with a proper response.

As a simple example of negative reinforcement, you can give an unpleasant sound signal that appears if you do not fasten the seat belt in the car. He will annoy us until we buckle up. If you ride, negative reinforcement is used when you press your legs to the sides of the horse and then release this pressure when it starts trotting. Through the association, the horse learns that the equal pressure of the pendants on both sides of its body means “lynx”.

The horse’s brain is designed to look for associations, regardless of whether they are provided consciously or not. Since Continue reading

Motivation, punishment and encouragement
Motivation is a very important factor in the training of both people and animals. Many animals, especially dogs, are easily motivated for training - here the “pushing” moment is the…

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Spanish step. Training in the hands in motion. Training on horseback.
For the next step, it is necessary that the horse is able to actively step forward if you are promoting it for an occasion under the chin, moving side by…

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Acceptable Punishment Methods
The first and most effective way of punishment is additional work - you can additionally load the horse with work to make it clear that the more she stubbornly, the…

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Equestrian Driving
In recent years, experts have noted the complication of all sports disciplines that are characteristic of equestrian driving competitions. Tests for dressing, obstacles at a marathon and parkour are becoming…

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