We all like to hold on to our beliefs and our familiair training aids. I know I do, even when I already know I never will use it. Here are some ways to drop your crop.
Holding on to your riding crop (carrot stick, training stick or lunge whip) gives us a feeling of safety and empowerment. We need our crop, just in case…
But what if you don’t have a crop anymore. What would happen? Would you die? Yes, it can feel that way, but you (probably) won’t. (more…)
How valuable is a behaviour to you when it is associated by the horse with aversives (-R, negative reinforcement)?
Is a behaviour that is associated with something pleasurable /appetitives (+R, positive reinforcement) worth less, or more to you?
Or do you not care at all what your horse’s associations are with your ways of getting the behaviour?
In other words: do you care for the result more than the way you got the result?
The carrot (click) or the stick…
Which one do you prefer?
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