A Day in the Life of Via Nova: Priority to Positive® (PtP) Student Trainers

Via Nova was so happy to have our student trainers, Cami & Jasmine, kick off their Via Nova: Priority to Positive® Program in August of 2021.  Soaking up the experience in the classroom, in the barn, and around the property, they shared a day in the life after their first […]

2021-09-14T14:42:53-06:00By |Blog, R+ Training, Training|Comments Off on A Day in the Life of Via Nova: Priority to Positive® (PtP) Student Trainers

How Does Priority to Positive® Relate to Hand Feeding Safely

At Via Nova: Priority to Positive®, we believe that Positive Reinforcement (R+) is a powerful means of motivating and communicating with horses. We strive to develop positive principles and tools to give traditional equestrians the means to improve performance, fix behavioral problems, and create more heart in their […]

2021-08-10T09:45:29-06:00By |Blog, R+ Training, Training|Comments Off on How Does Priority to Positive® Relate to Hand Feeding Safely

Breaking Down the Key Aspects of Hand Feeding Safely with Positive Reinforcement: Part 3

Hand Feeding Safely with Positive Reinforcement (R+): Examples
While practicing Hand Feeding Safely with R+ we are teaching a behavior – calm, head away.  Seemingly simple, it does take practice and patience, especially when the horse and/or the trainer are new at R+.  

Practice, Practice, Practice ✋🏼 […]

2021-07-24T16:29:36-06:00By |Blog, R+ Training, Training|Comments Off on Breaking Down the Key Aspects of Hand Feeding Safely with Positive Reinforcement: Part 3

Breaking Down the Key Aspects of Hand Feeding Safely with Positive Reinforcement: Part 2

What’s in your container? And what container do you use?

We’ve talked about HAND FEEDING SAFELY ✋🍪 with Positive Reinforcement (R+). But how about what’s in your container? What reward works best? In this video, Shawna, Gilly, and Meredith talk about this key ingredient to success. […]

2021-07-24T14:12:34-06:00By |Blog, R+ Training, Training|Comments Off on Breaking Down the Key Aspects of Hand Feeding Safely with Positive Reinforcement: Part 2

Breaking Down the Key Aspects of Hand Feeding Safely with Positive Reinforcement: Part 1

As simple as it sounds, there is a right way to bridge and reinforce. And a lot of nuances. So let’s break down all the aspects of Hand Feeding Safely… 👍 

Practicing hand feeding safely ensures two valuable things:

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2021-07-23T09:06:45-06:00By |Blog, R+ Training, Training|Comments Off on Breaking Down the Key Aspects of Hand Feeding Safely with Positive Reinforcement: Part 1

Via Nova announces change in training team

July 19, 2021 – Santa Fe, New Mexico – Via Nova Training, home of Via Nova: Priority to Positive®, would like to announce that behaviorist and R+ expert Shawna Karrasch has stepped down from her position with our center. While living at our ranch, Terra Nova, she imparted her knowledge to […]

2021-07-19T17:55:20-06:00By |Blog, Training|Comments Off on Via Nova announces change in training team

Via Nova, Platinum Sponsor of the 2021 Convergence of Human & Animal Training and Technology Virtual Conference (CHATTcon)

Via Nova is pleased to have been the Platinum Sponsor of this year’s CHATTcon – the virtual Convergence of Human and Animal Training and Technology. All of the speaker presentations and the virtual Q&A sessions are still available to watch online for all registered attendees. So it’s […]
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Happy Holidays from Via Nova Training ❄️

As we navigate the 2020 Holiday Season, we wanted to offer you some reinforcing opportunities for your time at home.

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Via Nova Priority to Positive® – Refining the lessons with the Reverse Round Pen

Shawna Karrasch works with an experienced horse 

In this video Shawna is working with Nico, who is a veteran of the Reverse Round Pen. As we advance with the work in this part of the training, we focus on refining movement and transitions. With the use of […]

2020-11-23T09:35:45-07:00By |Blog, R+ Training, Training|Comments Off on Via Nova Priority to Positive® – Refining the lessons with the Reverse Round Pen
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