Cord enjoys loading up and going places. I thought I’d try to see if I could load him from a new location today.
Trailer loading from an unusual location – how good is our communication?
Cord was very easy to initially teach to load using subtle -R (a “feel” on the rope vs. aversive levels of pressure)
Here’s my first attempt at loading and unloading Cord with me on top of the trailer. I’d say he did a great job!.
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How does laughter affect how you feel, and why on earth does this matter when it comes to training your horse?
Laughter is indeed powerful medicine. The act of laughing releases endorphins and dopamine, increases relaxation, lowers pain and stress levels, deepens social bonds with friends and family, and even helps us better retain information when we are learning.
Laughter also has a bit of a dark side. If someone says or does something that causes you to laugh, it can result in very real changes in how you perceive a situation. Your perception of what you are seeing or what you are being told is happening can be changed if your emotions towards the event are positively affected by the act of laughing - even if the event isn't necessarily something worthy of feeling good about or laughing at.
How we perceive events is a complex and fascinating topic. The many factors affecting perception can make objectively assessing what we see or hear very challenging at times. In light of this, I encourage students to always turn the sound off when observing training videos, to not be swayed by what they hear the trainer say. In this instance, I want you first to LISTEN ONLY to the audio, and don't watch the video (you can watch after). What I want you to listen for is both how the male trainer elicits laughter, and how this may affect the female owner's perception of events. Through the act of laughing, physiological and emotional changes take place in the owner, and these changes will have a very real effect on her perception of events. Do you think she felt positive, negative, or neutral about the training session she observed?
After listening to the audio, feel free to watch the video, with the sound off, and try to objectively observe this training session, but this time focus on the horse's emotional state. What behavioral indicators do we have that tell us whether the horse feels positive, negative, or neutral about the training session?
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Given the choice, would your horse choose heating in his shelter?
Thanks to Justine Harrison - Equine Behaviourist for the interesting summary of a study that was just presented at the ISES 2014 conference ... See MoreSee Less
Would horses like heating in the winter? A fascinating Norwegian study investigating horses preference for shelter in winter weather was presented at the recent ISES conference. Last winter, 17 horses of different breeds were turned out in fields with a choice of two field shelters - a regular one and one with large heaters. Their behaviour was recorded in different weather conditions and temperatures as low as -7°C. They were not wearing rugs. For most of the time the horses chose to stay outside. Warmblood horses were more likely to use the shelters than coldbloods. The horses used the regular shelter when it was wet and windy (muscle shivering was only recorded on mild, rainy days and the horses would often stand in the regular field shelter in these conditions). The horses only used the heated shelter when it snowed - apart from one elderly horse who went in the heated shelter almost all the time! The researchers found that even temperatures as low as -7° C had no negative effects on horse behaviour and welfare. The most challenging winter weather for horses is rain or sleet where the horse becomes wet - in these conditions, the horses preferred access to shelter. Shelters give the horse the opportunity to regulate their own temperature in changing weather conditions. The need for rugs should be assessed for each individual horse and not just based on breed and common practice. Researchers: Grete H.M. Jørgensen from Bioforsk Nord Tjøtta, Lise Aanensen and Cecilie M. Mejdell from Norwegian Veterinary Institute and Knut E. Bøe from Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Photo: Chris Roll #horse #ISES2014 #horsecare
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