Channel Archives: Learn

Horse Sense: Conditioned Learning

In Part 1 I spoke of Operant conditioning training as one of the different forms of teaching we can employ. During these discussions I have sometimes struggled with making clear...

Horsin’ Around Turkmenistan

While perusing the internet in search of a delicious slice of horse news to feed you fine people, I came across a tantalizing headline: "Horse Breeding and Human Rights in Turkmenistan". Click. If...

Just Another Deluded Cowboy

The kind and natural approach Several years ago, in search of an ethical alternative to the harsh and seemingly senseless mainstream training techniques, I began following a system of natural...

10 Things Horses Hate

1. Humans making sudden, unnecessary movements—movements that could be perceived as aggression on the part of the human (like chasing them with a plastic bag tied to a whip). [caption...

Real Horse Power

Horses are amazing. This is a fact that has become abundantly clear to me throughout the 2+ years I’ve worked with horses as a Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA)...

How to Overcome Fear of Failure

Perhaps one of the most destructive of all emotions is fear of failure. This is not your normal everyday fear of being injured; it’s the fear of making a mistake,...

Horses and the Heat: Fact vs. Fiction

Working horses in summer heat creates some significant welfare issues with consequences as severe as death. Research has provided some very valuable information but despite this there are still many...