Kandoo-Kansay

Day 89 - Training Principle #10 100 days Dec 29, 2017

The final training principle tells us to use minimal levels of arousal when training. Of course, we need to horse to be sufficiently aroused and engaged in the lesson but not so emotional as to be afraid.

A frightened horse is not learning (well, probably not anything we want it to know). A bored...

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Day 88 - Training Principle #9 100 days Dec 28, 2017

This principle tells us to avoid and dissociate the flight response because of its unique characteristics - it's very difficult to un-train/extinguish (often impossible) and can reappear spontaneously. Training methods that invoke a fear/flight response, not only reduce learning but...

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Day 87 - Training Principle #8 100 days Dec 28, 2017

This principle is so important and so often forgotten. Train persistence of responses - it sounds simple enough but what exactly does it mean? Well, it means 'self-carriage'.

We often think that self-carriage refers to the frame the horse is travelling in or if the horse is 'on the bit' or...

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Day 86 - Training Principle #7 100 days Dec 25, 2017

Training Principle #7 explains how we need to form consistent habits when training our horses. This means we need to use the same cues, on the same part of the body and if we can, at least in the beginning, even make the environmental cues the same (such as asking in the same part of the arena) -...

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Day 85 - Training Principle #6 100 days Dec 24, 2017

This principle reminds us to train only one response per signal. On the surface, that sounds simple enough. For example, pressure on both reins together only means slow your feet. Of course, we can have several different cues to ask for the same response - in this case, we could have a seat cue...

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Day 84 - Training Principle #5 100 days Dec 22, 2017

Training Principle #5 tells us to elicit one response at a time. Following this principle helps us avoid confusing and frustrating the horse. 

I think the most obvious example of this principle NOT being followed can be found in much of the modern dressage seen today. Here you'll see the...

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Day 83 - Training Principle #4 100 days Dec 22, 2017

Training Principle 4 tells us to shape responses and movements. An easy example of getting this one right and wrong pertains to trailer loading. Unless we shape the behaviour, we won't achieve our goal of getting the horse onto the trailer because we will only be able to release pressure and...

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Day 82 - Training Principle #3 100 days Dec 22, 2017

This is a terribly important and easily overlooked training principle - train easy-to-discriminate cues.

The classic example that I see a lot is training the walk-to-canter cue. If we adhere to this principle, our trot and canter cues must be very different so that the horse can easily tell the...

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Day 81 - Training Principle #2 100 days Dec 22, 2017

The International Society for Equitation Science Training Principle 2 states to 'Use learning theory appropriately'. Again, as with Principle #1, this is a large topic. 

The main learning processes for horses are:

  1. Habituation - becoming accustomed to things
  2. Sensitisation - increasing the...
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Day 80 - Training Principle #1 100 days Dec 20, 2017

Training Principle #1 is a big one as it encompasses ethology (looking at behaviour and social organisations) and cognition (examining how the horse processes information and learns).

  1. Ethology - horses are social animals and will naturally spend 16 hours a day walking and grazing. With this in...
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Day 79 - Evaluating our training 100 days Dec 19, 2017

It's easy to say 'make sure your training method fits the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) Training Principles' but it often seems complicated, especially when we haven't evaluated methods in this way before. During the following several posts, I'm going to walk you through the...

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Day 78 - The right training system 100 days Dec 18, 2017

The thing that most attracted me to Equitation Science was its objectivity. It's not a training system itself, but it is a tool by which you can evaluate any other system. We all take pieces of different systems and put them together to form our own. I certainly love discovering new and better...

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