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 ✋🏼 […]

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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. […]

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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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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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