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Day 53 - When does correction become punishment? 100 days Nov 19, 2017

Last time we talked about punishment, with positive punishment being the addition of something, such as a smack with the whip, and negative punishment being the subtraction of something, such as food. But when does correction become punishment? And, what's the difference between the two?

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Day 52 - Positive and negative punishment 100 days Nov 19, 2017

Punishment is a dirty word, I know but we need to talk about it because a lot of people confuse it with negative reinforcement (discussed last time).

Punishment, just like reinforcement, comes in both positive and negative forms. Again, positive punishment will be adding something (that the horse...

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Day 51 - "I only use positive reinforcement" 100 days Nov 19, 2017

Really? I find that unlikely to be true...

People get put off by the word negative in negative reinforcement so try to think about it as 'subtraction' and positive reinforcement as 'addition'. Does that help? Let's have a quick look at the difference because horse training is a combination of...

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Day 50 - Hi-ho, hi-ho, back to YouTube we go 100 days Nov 19, 2017

A little while ago, I suggested you watch horse videos on YouTube without sound the first time and then again with sound to discover whether you see different things. Well, I have the perfect video for this!

Every now and then, OK being honest, about once a week, this same video comes up on...

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Day 49 - My theory on the liberty-conflict concept 100 days Nov 19, 2017

Last time we talked about how some liberty work seems to encourage horses to exhibit conflict behaviours such as ear pinning and tail swishing and I suggested you check out YouTube, sans sound, to see for yourself.

When the horse is under saddle or being worked on the ground wearing tack, it's...

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Day 48 - Liberty and Conflict 100 days Nov 18, 2017

Do you ever look at some of those horses working at liberty and wonder about the conflict behaviours they're showing - you know, the pinning ears and swishing tails. I do.

I wonder what I would be thinking if my horse was giving me those signals when I was riding, umm, what would I think?

Do you...

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Day 47 - The tense rider and sitting trot 100 days Nov 17, 2017

A common question I get asked is about how to learn the sitting trot. Riders tell me that they're alright for a few strides and then seem to lose it.

I think the problem stems from a lack of relaxation, on both the horse and the rider.

The horse:

Once the horse understands 'give to the bit',...

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Day 46 - Contact and self-carriage 100 days Nov 16, 2017

Q&A

Q: Some people talk about the horse holding the contact and then there is give to the bridle, I am confused about the two.
What are your thoughts?

A: It's a great question and something that causes a LOT of confusion. Unfortunately 'contact' is something that has never been defined, so a...

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Day 45 - Does your horse respect you? 100 days Nov 14, 2017

You hear a lot about 'respect' in the horse world.

"He's got to respect your space"

"She's so disrespectful"

I struck the word from my training vocabulary many years ago, when I realised that it means different things to different people. Of course, that doesn't mean that I no longer have...

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Day 44 - Your Questions 100 days Nov 13, 2017

I recently asked you what your top concerns were with your horse and its training and had a huge response - thank you to all of those who wrote with their questions! 

The questions were broadly divided into 7 main categories:

  1. Horse anxiety 
  2. Rider confidence
  3. Canter work
  4. Balance, rhythm,...
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Day 43 - USA to UK 100 days Nov 12, 2017

Having completed the John and Josh Lyons Certification Program in Colorado, USA, it was time to return to the UK, which is where I was living. I founded Equine Perfection (described as a conditioned-response training centre) in 2002 at my property in Kent and began taking horses in for training...

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Day 1 - Welcome 100 days Nov 11, 2017

Welcome to 100 Steps in 100 Days, the email series that will bring you positive thoughts, ideas and tips to help you train and have fun with your horse.

I look forward to hearing your feedback and ideas, so simply press reply to these emails or...

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