I posted this video by Warwich Schiller for a member on another thread.
When I watched this video the other day, and I can't remember why I watched this particular one, because while it's focussed on some feeding issues initially, I am not having any feeding issues, I was more impressed with a remark he made rather lightly toward the end of the video.
He explains to the woman about the difference between telling a horse "Don't , Don't (do that )" verses telling them "Hey! DO this!"
in the video the action is "Don't come too close to me, no! don't!" (don't meaning Don't come closer)
telling the horse that is crowding you at feeding time, "Hey, Do that! (that
meaning GO over there! way over there!
And it got me to thinking about this on the whole scale. Think of the difference between , for example, asking your horse to 'walk', verses saying "don't trot anymore".
Or, Do Stand here verses Don't walk off.
When we think in terms of "Do" this, verses "Don't do that", I think we are much clearer in our expectation of what completes the task, what earns a reward, and thus the hrose can read out intention and respond much clearer. I think this is a good thing for us to ingrain in our thinking when we are trying to work with horses.
Your thoughts or experiences?
oh, and here is the video: