Who Cut the Brakes?

Some clients recently asked the question “how do you stop a runaway horse?” The fear of losing control of a horse is a very real issue for many riders. If we were to honestly think about all the possibilities of things that could go wrong, we would never place a foot in the stirrup. The…

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…

My Horse Loves Jumping!

This is a very common phrase among horse riders. Quite often, the phrase “my horse loves jumping” is closely followed by “because he gets so excited when he sees a jump”. Experienced horsemen will tell you that in order to be successful with Show Jumping, you need a horse that is careful, brave and willing,…