Whips: Friend or Foe?

“I don’t want to use a whip” is a phrase often heard by new riders who embrace our philosophy. As much as it can be frustrating as an instructor to have to repeat yourself about your teaching methods, I greatly appreciate the rider who can approach me with a question of “why?” What I hear…

To Treat or Not to Treat

B.F. Skinner proposed Operant Conditioning as a theory of learning in humans, as well as animals. The theory explores the relationship between reinforcing a desired behaviour and preventing an unwanted behaviour through the use of stimuli, as well as reinforcers such as rewards or punishment. The thinking is that each behaviour will have a consequence…