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Ooh Girl, Shock Me Like an Electric Alpha

That's so silly! The Zippety Zapper doesn't even exist! It might as well though. Some people tend to buy anything that will be effective, especially with the promise of respect and obedience. And there are people out there who use electric shocks on dogs and horses. Lots of bizarre things are perfectly normal in the animal training world.

And then there's the idea that horses "respect" electric fences. Here's what I think about what respect means and looks like. 

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Ain’t No Mounting Block Enough

If your horse doesn't stand still for mounting, he is trying to avoid something unpleasant. This might be the riding itself, a saddle that doesn't fit well, not feeling well, or maybe the mounting (block) itself is scary for him. After making sure the horse isn't in pain and the saddle fits very well, it might be a good idea to retrace the steps of saddling and mounting your horse and see what's still troubling him. Break that down into little steps and take the time to make him comfortable with the process. This can be SO much fun and VERY easy using force free training methods.  They will be having the best time and will even start to anticipate by parking by the mounting block waiting for you to get on. If you want to learn more, you can join the independent group Empowered Equestrians on facebook, or one of the sister groups like EE - Getting Started.

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Worth His Weight in Gold

You keep using that word, I don't think it means what you think it means part 2: Learned Helplessness VS Bombproof

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Reward versus relief

You keep using that word, I don't think it means what you think it means part 1: Reward VS Relief

Technically, a reward is a thing given in recognition of service, effort, or achievement. In psychology, it's any pleasant event that follows a response and therefore increases the likelihood of the response recurring in the future. In order to positively reinforce a behaviour and make it a pleasant experience for the horse you have to ADD something pleasant for the horse (i.e. a good long scratch, a food reward) in stead of SUBSTRACTING something unpleasant (i.e. release from aversive pressure, a break from hard work). The learner decides what’s positively reinforcing, therefore the horse gets to choose the reward. 

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Epicaricacy

“Funny” viral videos showing animals in distress need to stop going viral. People telling you to shut up and “just enjoy the video” need to follow a course on animal ethology, behavior, emotions and body language.

Double standards need to stop as well.

This is called weaving, not dancing. Please make sure your horse spends plenty of time outdoors with friends and forage to prevent vices.

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The Four (Emotional) Quadrants of Operant Conditioning

After a huge and positive response to this infographic I will definitely be making more like these. 🙂

Emotional Quadrants

“Thank you Fed Up Fred for a lovely clear illustration, now send it to Countryfile.”

 

“This is such a good graphic! The problem is people tend to think “positive = good” and “negative = bad” – not “positive = applied” and “negative = removed”. Very very good of you to make this graphic – I think it’ll clear up a lot for people.”

 

“This is excellent…best illustration I’ve seen. Can we share it and reproduce it in teaching, please? With full honours, of course!”

 

“Perfect illustrations as always! They explain it so well in an easy way.”

 

“Great Job! I love your illustrations.”

 

“Are we allowed to print it out and put it up at the yard?”

 

“Thank you that is really well displayed – can I use it in one of my presentations or is it copyrighted?”

 

“This needs to be on a t-shirt”

 

“This is seriously like a revision poster for one of my animal behaviour modules.”

 

“Fantastic!! I want this as a poster, so we can hang it in every barn and riding centre. Fed Up Fred; Can you please open an online store ?”