Monday, October 29, 2012

Researchers Study Escape and Avoidance in Horse Training

We might be hearing more and more about "negative reinforcement," "positive reinforcement," and other trendy terms in horse training, but according to an Australian equitation scientist, we would also do well to apply more frequently researched psychological terms--specifically, "escape and avoidance"--because that's exactly what much of horse training is. "There are literally thousands of studies out there on escape and avoidance, on everything from fish to humans and everything in between--including horses," said Cathrynne Henshall, MSc candidate and professional trainer, under the supervision of Paul McGreevy, PhD, both researchers at the University of Sydney. Henshall presented research on the topic at the 8th International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) conference, held July 18-20 in Edinburgh, Scotland. more

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