Lost in the sea of horse training? Step aboard for evidence based equine training and behaviour content. Listen to professionals and enthusiasts from the world of horse training and behaviour as well as associated areas of the equine world. Trudi Dempsey is an English equine trainer and behaviour consultant, specialising in positive reinforcement.
Clicker Training- Reinforcement Routines
37:31Sooz Foster and I recorded this episode amidst our live in person training weekend at Nine Acres equestrian in Norfolk. We dive into the detail on reinforcement routines (loops, procedures, practices...) in a light-hearted episode! Train Clean Stimulus Control Event https://www.facebook.com/events/168407405378673
Trick Training in discussion with Maisie Wake
1:01:36In this episode I speak to colleague and friend Maisie Wake. We discuss trick training, the ethics and methods. What are tricks and should we train them? Maisie is an Equine Massage Therapist and a behaviour consultant for both equines and chickens. She is a supporting member of IAABC, and a member of the Equine Behaviour and Training Association. She is also currently in training to be an animal physio, as it is important to her that she can offer help both behaviourally and physically. Maisie loves working with a variety of species, and started her career with work experience at two wildlife aid centres, exotic birds at Exmoor zoo, falconry training, and then many years at The Donkey Sanctuary. You can find Maisie on both Facebook and Instagram @mwaketherapy. https://mwaketherapy.wixsite.com/equilibrium
Talking Tracks with Larri Davison-Bowes
48:30Dear listener, Season 2 is upon us! Episode 1 of the new season (episode 16 as we go) is ready for you. Larri is not only a good friend but an amazing horse person. We recorded this episode earlier in the summer when I visited my old boy Moralejo (Moo) who is on retirement livery at Larri's amazing track livery Horse Haven - Holistic Livery and Ethical Training. You can find Larri on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HorseHavenWales and Instagram and her website is https://www.horse-haven.co.uk/ Not just a livery provider (rehab, retirement and training) but a hoof geek, a behaviour geek and an Emmett practitioner. Larri is your all round horse person and has a wealth of knowledge- go check her out...AFTER you've listened to the podcast!
Click or Miss?
31:57A question that came up on one of my recent R+ training course Q and A sessions was just too good not to answer publicly. Thanks for such a great question Sara...what do you do when your horse appears not to hear the click? In this final episode of the season I consider this scenario and offer some solutions. What do you do when your learner doesn't react to the bridge in the way you expected? I'll be back at the end of summer with a new season and some great guests and topics. Get in touch if you would like a question answered or have any suggestions for episodes.
Lauren Fraser talks CAT and compassion
49:29In this episode I talk to friend and colleague Lauren Fraser, in the main, about CAT and having compassion for horse guardians that are transitioning from traditional methods. A couple of LaHtW rabbit holes and the off tangent. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Lauren is an experienced horsewoman, who has worked professionally with horses since 2006. Prior to her current specialization, Lauren taught riding and horsemanship, and trained horses. Lauren holds an Equine Science Certificate (with Distinction) from the University of Guelph, and obtained her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Animal Behaviour (with Merit) through the University of Edinburgh's Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. Her dissertation research looked at the behavioural effects on horses of a controversial training practice: ‘laying down’ a horse in an effort to effect behaviour change. Lauren is a Certified Horse Behaviour Consultant (CHBC) with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She is a member of the IAABC application review committee, and she was hors division chair for the organization for almost a decade. Lauren is also a practitioner member of the International Society of Equitation Science (ISES), and a Fear Free® Certified Professional. In addition to working one-on-one with horse owners to address behaviour problems, Lauren presents educational events and lectures on horse behaviour to a diverse audience - monthly workshops for horse owners, online courses for veterinarians and other equine professionals, guest lectures for university equine science programs. Lauren has also worked as a freelance journalist, writing articles and press releases about horse behaviour and training for various publications and scientific conferences. Lauren owns three horses: True, an Arabian gelding, Calcite, a half Arabian gelding, and Viveza, an Andalusian mare. While she grew up riding English, she currently rides Western. She particularly enjoys starting horses under saddle and teaching life skill behaviours as well as teaching cooperative care behaviours. A vocal proponent of shaping behaviour using positive reinforcement with all species, Lauren especially enjoys working with horse trainers and owners who may be transitioning from traditional or natural horsemanship backgrounds. Lauren lives in beautiful Squamish, BC, Canada and can be found online at www.equinebehaviourist.ca and at www.understandhorses.com where her new course on CAT will be launching very soon.
LIMA and negative reinforcement, my thoughts on these two mind benders!
29:59Lately there has been a growth in the UK of trainers and groups labelling themselves as LIMA. What is LIMA and what is its impact on my work as a trainer and behaviour consultant? From the IAABC (iaabc.org) “LIMA” is an acronym for the phrase “least intrusive, minimally aversive.” LIMA describes a trainer or behavior consultant who uses the least intrusive, minimally aversive strategy out of a set of humane and effective tactics likely to succeed in achieving a training or behavior change objective. LIMA adherence also requires consultants to be adequately educated and skilled in order to ensure that the least intrusive and aversive procedure is used.'' Adopting LIMA is about having the equine learner at the heart of your decision making about training protocols/behaviour modification programmes. But is it a rich table of ingredients that we can pick and choose from according to our own personal ethics? Can we be pure R+ trainers? When does R- creep in even if we didn't plan on it? My thoughts as I scratch the surface on this and more in this 13th episode, lucky for some!
Pointers and pitfalls when starting out in positive reinforcement training
1:15:26Starting out with positive reinforcement training? This episode delves into the pointers and pitfalls that are common when starting out. In this episode I'm joined again by Clare Young of Kindly Equine. Clare is studying the NAC behaviour qualification and I'm really pleased to announce she has been accepted on the MSc at Edinburgh university to study clinical animal behaviour. Find the podcast on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/leadahorsetowaterpodcast find Trudi at www.equine.training and her online courses at understandhorses.com https://www.facebook.com/kindlyequine https://www.instagram.com/kindlyequine/
Positive Reinforcement, Starting Out, with Clare Young
1:15:54In this episode I natter to Clare Young of Kindly Equine (see below for links to FB and Insta) about getting started with positive reinforcement. It's a great chat and we did go on a little longer than planned but I've left it whole as I think it works well. Hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed recording it, there will be further digs into the world of the new trainer in future episodes. Clare is currently studying Equine behaviour with the Natural Animal Centre and is hoping to be accepted on a Masters course to study Clinical Animal Behaviour. I first met Clare when she began training equines with R+ and I travelled to meet her in Hampshire. Since then, I have come to know her as the QUEEN of learning environments- she is meticulous at setting up her learners for success and strives to create comfortable and fun learning opportunities. https://www.facebook.com/kindlyequine https://www.instagram.com/kindlyequine/ Books mentioned in this episode: The Trainable Cat: A Practical Guide to Making Life Happier for You and Your Cat, Bradshaw and Ellis Equine Empowerment: A Guide To Positive Reinforcement Training, Jessica Gonzalez Connection Training: The Heart and Science of Positive Horse Training, Hannah Weston and Rachel Bedingfield
Listen Up! Is Your Horse Talking To You?
27:34Your horse appears a little 'out of sorts'. Advice from your trainer to push them through it doesn't sit well. Is your horse trying to tell you something? In this episode I talk about the signs of a horse in discomfort or pain and how to trust yourself in recognising those signs. Catch up with me at www.equine.training and find my new interactive course at understandhorses.com The equine pain face information here Sue Dyson's ridden pain information here
Patterns: Could They Help You Leave Home?
44:57In this episode Sooz Foster (check out previous episodes for her bio) and I dig down into patterns and how they can help us help our horses. Adapted from Leslie McDevitt's pattern games for dogs, these simple devices can ease anxiety for you and your horse especially for horses that struggle to leave home because of separation based anxiety. Join the Creative Patterns for Horses group on FB https://www.facebook.com/groups/123550816354507 to find out more about patterns. Apologies for some sound issues from Sooz at the start and interruptions from my dogs- real life problems! You can get in touch via my website https://www.equine.training/equine-training-podcast/ on Facebook or Instagram and you can find my online courses at understandhorses.com, sign up for news of my upcoming interactive online course- six weeks of lectures and feedback on your training! Find people mentioned in this episode: Sooz Foster at https://www.facebook.com/sfequine Leslie McDevitt at http://www.controlunleashed.net/