Horse Geeks Episode 131: Positive Reinforcement

Kirsten

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Topic: What is positive reinforcement as a training tool and is it better than negative reinforcement? We use both types of reinforcement for training our horses all the time. Positive reinforcement is a way we can say “yes” when our horse offers something we want. Negative reinforcement is a way we can say “no” when our horse offers something we don’t want. Types of positive reinforcement are treats, food, doing nothing, or providing a sense of safety and comfort. Types of negative reinforcement are the “aids” we use while riding, tugging on a lead rope, pushing our horse away from us or pulling our horse towards us. Neither type of reinforcement is inherently good or bad – even though I think the names are unfortunate – we are simply having a dynamic yes-no conversation with our horse during any interaction by using both types of reinforcement. And we need them because the conversation is nonverbal!

Guest: Deb Romero, certified Alexander Technique Instructor
www.optimalposture.org

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Host:
Kirsten Nelsen, professional horse trainer
Developer of Training for Optimal Balance
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