Fall 2020 Newsletter

2021-01-29T13:11:01-07:00By |Blog|

Hello and happy fall!

First off, let’s celebrate some things this year and keep it positive! Even though all Shawna’s appearances have been virtual, and we all miss seeing everyone in workshops and clinics, we just wrapped up a super busy month of events where she got to do her favorite […]

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Keeping it Positive: MORE Virtual Events This Month

2021-01-29T13:41:30-07:00By |Blog, Training|

We’re so glad we can continue to connect with all of you through virtual events! The next ones on the schedule are Thursday, October 29th when Shawna will be a guest at the Positive Equine Conference, based in the U.K. and on Friday, October 30th she will be speaking (virtually) at the CHA […]

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Apprentice “Priority to Positive®” (PtP) Trainer Position

2020-09-26T16:35:44-06:00By |Blog|

 

Are you looking for an equestrian career that’s much more than just “a job working with horses”? Want to experience incredible rewards while participating in a true revolution in equine training and welfare? Experience a new road to knowledge, and be one of the pioneers in bringing Positive […]

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Shawna Karrasch has Joined the Via Nova Training Team!

2020-09-22T16:38:30-06:00By |Blog|

Taking the Priority to Positive® Path

Shawna Karrasch is now officially the Positive Reinforcement Trainer and Animal Behavior expert at Via Nova Training. It’s an amazing synergy of talents, experience and resources, and we’ve been actively preparing opportunities for you to take the Priority to Positive® Path too. More on that […]

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Via Nova Training is Our New Name!

2020-09-20T22:26:45-06:00By |Blog|

We’re on the road to the future with a new name: Via Nova Training. We’ll be taking Positive Reinforcement training into the national and international world of traditional horsemanship under this name, so watch for us as Via Nova Training at competitions, exhibitions, demos, online and wherever equestrians and horsemen […]

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The Importance of Reading and Understanding Your Horse’s Body Language

2020-09-20T22:27:09-06:00By |Blog, R+ Training, Training|

Being able to read your horse’s body language and facial expressions are one of the most important aspects of successful positive reinforcement training. Because we are looking for and reinforcing calm and relaxation, it is vital that we know what those emotions look like. Conversely, we need to be able […]

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Opportunity or Avoidance? Should we, as horse trainers, combine positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement?

2021-07-19T15:53:09-06:00By |Blog, R- Training, R+ Training, Training|

Hi Guys, Shawna here! I am often asked about the feasibility of combining positive reinforcement(R+) and negative reinforcement(R-). It is not a simple answer. Some people have referred to this practice as combined reinforcement, but this is not a scientific term or construct. I think the thing we need to […]

One at a time; more on how to be an effective positive reinforcement trainer following shaping guidelines

2020-10-09T14:20:42-06:00By |Blog, R+ Training, Training|

Last week we started talking about Karen Pryor’s ‘Ten Laws of Shaping’, and what those look like in terms of real-world examples. The second guideline identified by Karen Pryor in her book, ‘Don’t Shoot the Dog’, is as follows:

“Train one aspect of any particular behavior at a time; don’t try […]

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