Knowing Your Horse: A Guide to Equine Learning, Training and Behaviour

Knowing Your Horse: A Guide to Equine Learning, Training and Behaviour

By: Emma Lethbridge (author)Paperback

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If you understand how your horse learns and why your training is effective, you can train faster, more ethically, and more sympathetically. Emma Lethbridge thoroughly but simply explains learning theory, and how to apply it in a way that is both efficient for training and holds the horse's welfare paramount. Knowing Your Horse will be a key resource for those wishing to better understand their horse's behavior, and to make the most of that understanding to improve their training techniques.

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About Author

Emma Lethbridge is an animal behaviour consultant and riding instructor, who has ridden and trained horses for 20 years. She is currently reading a PhD in Psychology at the University of Lincoln. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience from the University of Sussex and a Diploma in Practical Equine Behaviour, as well as having trained with the British Horse Society attaining the Groom's Certificate and Preliminary Teaching Qualification. Emma currently trains with well-known classical dressage master Heather Moffett, and her renowned High School horse trainer assistant Becky Holden, and holds their 'Enlightened Equitation Teacher' Qualification.


Foreword Dedication Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1 The Principles of Good Horse Training Ten Basic Principles of Good Horsemanship Learning recap Chapter 2 Does Classical Conditioning Ring a Bell? Different Stimuli and Response Terms Training Task: How to Classically Condition Your Horse Specific Training Situations Learning recap My training log Chapter 3 Living With the Consequences Operant Conditioning Applying Simple Operant Conditioning Training Task: 'Don't Mug Me' Training Learning recap My training log Chapter 4 All Possible Consequences Defining Positive and Negative Consequences Reinforcement Punishment Which Consequence? Learning recap Chapter 5 Other Laws and Factors in Learning The Final Law - Extinction Understanding Generalisation and Discrimination Learning in Training Learning recap Chapter 6 The Power of Positive Reinforcement What Can Be a Positive Reinforcer? Which Reinforcer Should I Use? When to Reward Training Using Positive Reinforcement Learning recap Training Task: Using Positive Reinforcement to Teach the Back, the Heel, the Stay, the Recall and the Yield Training Task: Teaching the Head Down and Placement using the Target Lure My training log Chapter 7 The Sound of Learning - Clicker Training What is Clicker Training? The Training Game Target Training The Secrets of Clicker Success Learning recap Training Task: Using Clicker Training My training log Chapter 8 Negative Reinforcement - Reinforcement Through Escape Pressure-Release Training The Important Factors for Applying Negative Reinforcement Ethically When Not to Use Negative Conditioning Avoidance Learning Is Every Physical Contact with the Horse Negative Reinforcement? Combining Positive and Negative Reinforcement Adding Cues and Commands Learning recap Training Task: Using Negative Reinforcement Through Pressure-Release My training log Chapter 9 Understanding Punishment The Side Effects and Problems of Punishment Applying Punishment (Minimising the Side Effects) Is it Possible to Train a Horse Without the Use of Punishment? Learning recap Chapter 10 How to Deal with Unwanted Behaviours Without Using Punishment The Simplest and Hardest Option - Ignoring the Horse Counter Conditioning Driven to Distraction A Final Note Learning recap Case Studies: Alternative Ways to Correct Unwanted Behaviour My training log Chapter 11 Step by Step Shaping Chaining Applying Shaping Training Task: Shaping Training Task: More Complicated Shaping - Teaching the Spanish Walk Applying Chaining Conclusion Learning recap My training log Chapter 12 Overcoming Fears and Phobias Prevention Is Better Than Cure Overcoming Established Fears and Phobias Habituation Flooding Systematic Desensitisation Counter Conditioning Combining Systematic Desensitisation and Counter Conditioning Learning recap Case Studies: Helping Horses Overcome Their Fears My training log Chapter 13 Learning with Character Does the Sex of the Horse Affect Learning Ability? The Effect of Age on Learning Ability Does Social Status Affect Learning? Nature Verses Nurture Learning recap References and Furthern Reading. Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 08/05/2009
  • ISBN13: 9781405191647
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9781405191647
  • weight: 472
  • ISBN10: 1405191643

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