Don’t worry, I’ll click when he stops!

So what do positive reinforcement trainers (more commonly referred to as clicker trainers) do if your horse is about to run into traffic? Let them cause a huge accident because stopping them isn’t positive reinforcement?

The short answer to this is that in the moment, if an emergency situation arises and all else fails, of course we’re going to do whatever’s needed to keep everyone safe – even if that means something like pulling hard on the halter or waving a rope in front of the horse; things we never do in training or in the course of everyday life.

The long (and much better) answer is that we have many ways to reduce the chances of having to do those aversive things, even in an emergency; as shown in the cartoon.

dont worry