Originally Posted by TheAQHAGirl
Have you ever watched the show on AnimalPlanet, Is It Me Or The Dog? She does clicker training.
Then have you ever watched Pat Parelli or Clinton Anderson work with horses?
Point is, Clinton Anderson and Pat Parelli treat their horses like horses. Not through clicker training like dogs.
I train with treats (and my "kiss" clicker) and I treat my horses like horses. No mugging, no pushing, no bossing. It all comes down to the behaviour I want the horse (or dog, or cow, or dolphin) to perform, the cue and reward for the animal. Getting something nice to eat is often much more motivating for a horse than having a pressure taken away, which is how negative reinforcement works.
We can't avoid NR in horse training, but adding (
) food rewards can make the job of training that much easier. A French study compared horses trained to perform a task with positive reinforcement and those trained with negative reinforcement. They found that in the short and longer (12 months) term, the PR
trained horses volunatarily spent considerably more time with and simply hung out with both their trainers and unfamiliar trainers compared to the NR horses.
A link to the study http://paardengedrag.be/wp-content/u...-in-horses.pdf