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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 […]

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Via Nova Priority to Positive® – Teaching a Young Horse about the Reverse Round Pen

Shawna Karrasch works with her young filly Henley

This video is about getting started with the Reverse Round Pen.  What is that exactly?  Just that – a round pen in reverse!  Made with cones and poles, the horse is on the outside of the ‘pen’ and the […]

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Via Nova Priority to Positive® – Getting started with Liberty Leading

Shawna Karrasch works with four-year-old Jett

In this video Shawna is teaching Jett to liberty lead. In Positive Reinforcement, that is defined as leading without the help of equipment, instead using your body and movement. No halter, no lead rope, no target. 

Jett is a four- […]

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Keeping it Positive: MORE Virtual Events This Month

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 […]

2021-01-29T13:41:30-07:00By |Blog, Training|Comments Off on Keeping it Positive: MORE Virtual Events This Month

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

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 […]

2020-09-20T22:27:09-06:00By |Blog, R+ Training, Training|Comments Off on The Importance of Reading and Understanding Your Horse’s Body Language

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

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

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 […]

What is Shaping?

One of the seminal books on positive reinforcement training with animals (and humans, too!) is ‘Don’t Shoot the Dog’, by Karen Pryor. When I was a zookeeper, this was required reading, and really has been the manual of this method of training for exotic animals since it was published. For […]

2020-09-20T22:50:09-06:00By |Blog, R+ Training|1 Comment
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