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post #1 of 5 Old 06-27-2013, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Food Rewards - a study

The article was much longer than this and the experiment was done with food, wither scratching and doing nothing with yearlings and 2 yr olds.

Our studies show that actions of a positive value induce an increase in the horse’s attention, not only toward a particular stimulus (e.g., food) but toward the entire situation,” said Céline Rochais, MSc, PhD candidate in the equine behavior department of the University of Rennes, in France. “Attention is a key element in the learning and memorization process (as shown by previous researchers); an increase in a horse’s attention can explain the increase in its training performance rates when using food rewards.”
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Makes sense. After all we humans are far more likely to jump into action if we thing there's a reward in it for us
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Makes sense. After all we humans are far more likely to jump into action if we thing there's a reward in it for us

Especially food! Maybe that's just me, though....
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Especially food! Maybe that's just me, though....
Nope definitely not just you.
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-27-2013, 05:03 PM
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Yes food will do it - if I was a horse I'd be the one that they kept moving by dangling a carrot on a fishing rod just in front of its nose!!!
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