|Saddlebag ||06-27-2013 04:35 PM |
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.”