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Keyword: History of rewards

In training we human beings frequently focus on achieving specific lessons and goals, or in other words we tend to focus a lot on the final results we envision for our work with the horse. With this focus in mind we also frequently tend to...

Match to sample

Our horses’ cognitive performance is grossly underestimated until today. Yet, their intellectual capacities carry a beauty within that can best be described with the following image: It is like taking a stroll at the beach when every now and then a ...

Keyword: Rate of rewards

Apart from the actual criterion for rewarding, or in other words the question about the specific behavioral response for which the horse receives a click and a reward, precise timing or marking accurately as well as an adequate rate of rewards are...

How to manage breaks

According to the type of horse, its training level and one’s own skills the number of necessary breaks during the course of each training session can vary significantly. It frequently helps to retreat from the actual endeavor, the work on the lesson...

Taking a break

Food is a big motivator for horses. So on one hand, it is really easy to train horses by the means of food rewards. On the other hand, it is really difficult to create a calm and relaxed atmosphere in training if food is present....

Body targets

It is impressive when horses learn to move a specific body part into a certain direction, or towards a predefined goal. There are innumerable possibilities to teach a horse to actively contribute to the success of a veterinary examination or coat care ...

Foal training with Chaba

Thanks to positive reinforcement, the start into life is a motivating experience for a young horse right from the start. Basic tasks the horse needs to learn such as going on a leash, lifting the hooves or putting on a halter are as much a...

The zero position’s role

In my opinion, we have to ask ourselves whether there is a zero position or not before we even start thinking about an idea for a new lesson, a creative signal or maybe about using a radically innovative approach in training. I think it is...

Sources of motivation

Sooner or later we all ask ourselves the same questions, where do we come from, where are we going and what motivates us. Who are we really, and how does our and our horse’s personality come into being in the first place? We can learn...