The application of learning theory in horse training

The full paper can be viewed here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0168159117300710 Andrew N. McLean,∗, Janne Winther Christensen Abstract The millennia-old practices of horse training markedly predate and thus were isolated from the mid-twentieth century revelation of animal learning processes. From this standpoint, the progress made in the application and understanding of learning theory in horse training is reviewed…

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Habituation – 6 Ethical Ways to De-Spook Your Horse – Dr Andrew McLean

This article was featured in Horses and People Magazine, September 2018 issue. To view the article, click here: Habituation – 6 Ethical Ways to De-Spook Your Horse You can buy Horses and People magazine at Australian newsagents and selected stores in print, and on Zinio as a digital or e-magazine. Or order print copies here. To access Horses and People’s huge…

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Stop Arguing! How to correct conflict behaviours through training – Hazel Plumbley, Horse Sport Magazine

First appeared in the November 2016 issue of Horse Sport, written by Hazel Plumbley At a recent clinic in BC, experienced coaches and veterinarians gave Andrew and Manuela McLean a list of conflict behaviours seen most frequently in horses they received for training, being ridden by students, or treated in their practice. Top issues were reluctance to ‘go,’ contact issues, tension, crookedness, bolting, rearing, and spooking. Here are their step-by-step…

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