Training is here to help us enrich and empower our precious animal’s lives.
Training is a mutual communication to enhance the relationship between you and the animals.
Training is a shared learning process with your animal, where you and your animal create mutual and clear communication together.
Training is an opportunity for us to understand and empower your animal.
This can be applied to our precious animal, horses.
But, we can make the learning fun and enjoyable experience for them and for us.
Constructional approach with positive reinforcement that is individualized to the animal with a consideration of his/her history of learning and ethics/animal welfare can make the learning enjoyable. This approach can also improve the quality of animal’s lives and better relationship between you and the animal. These outcomes are what I would like to call “empowerment.”
Start with something that the horse and you can do now, systematically and carefully develop a training plan (teaching program) including analyzing component skills/prerequisite skills for you and your animal, arranging the antecedent environment, setting easily achievable criteria, using functional reinforcers, continuing raising criteria at a pace that a horse repeats the behavior successfully and reach the final behavior, and constantly modify the training plan based on the behavioral feedback that our horses give us.
Share the enjoyment of learning behaviors that are useful and effective to live with you.
“Empower.” – teach them skills, make the learning fun, and enrich their lives.