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 […]
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 […]
Did you know that Shawna does a podcast on equine clicker training? It’s a great way to hear Shawna discuss popular topics in positive reinforcement training, and even get questions answered! If you go to the website, https://www.horseradionetwork.com/shows/equine-clicker-101/, you can leave a voice message for Shawna that will be […]
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 […]
One of the participants in our last workshop was Sarah Matlock, an instructor of Applied Equine Behavior at Colorado State University. We originally met Sarah at CHATTcon (Convergence of Human and Animal Training Technologies) in Seattle in July and were lucky enough to have her come learn with us earlier […]
We just finished our final R+ Weekend Clinic and Intensive Workshop of the year, and we are blown away by all the wonderful feedback we have received from our participants. With their permission, I will share some of their comments with you here. The first is from Connie Kuusisto, a […]
Learn about the effectiveness of these humane, science-based training skills to develop your horse’s motivation and trust. In this Weekend Clinic, legendary trainer and equine behaviorist Shawna Karrasch will show you how to unlock the power of Positive Reinforcement with horses.