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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:07 pm 
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Several questions and topics come up again and again, so there are many threads about certain topics like food rewards, control or leadership. It is getting hard to keep an overview.

This topic is a place where we can collect links to different discussions. If you find anything that you would like to have in this list, just add your response to this topic.

First, there is a topic similar to this one, only that it does not list whole discussions but special posts about different topics.

Collection/flexing and relaxing the poll/jaw relaxation and reins in general

Musings on Collection
Relaxation of the jaw
Ramener: Relaxing the poll?
Collection and relaxation of the jaw and poll
Teaching raising of the neck / flexing of poll?
Connection - bitless
Reins - why or why not?
The history of bridleless dressage

...and a few threads about equine gymnastics and the way towards collection:

Training the neck-back band
Sideways movements


All under control...
Training exercises: Should the horse always say yes?
Newb questions, basic philosophy
Stimulus control and begging with exercises
Clicker training and stimulus control
Decreasing Unwanted Behaviour Using Positive Reinforcement (Differential Reinforcement)
Locus of control

...and some threads about dealing with aggression, resistance or overenthusiastic horses (also note the thread about differential reinforcement in this context):

Dealing with a pushy horse
Encouraging politeness
Dealing with aggression when training
Dealing with an aggressive horse
Dangerous conflict with my horse
Lacie kicked at me
Reacting to kicking in non-negative ways (a discussion in Sue's diary, for Part 1 see Leigh's diary)
Kicking to get rid of the human - dominance rituals for prevention? (discussion in Nepomuk's diary)
Melting frustration with positivity (from Titum's diary)
Increased Balky Behaviour
Help my horse tries too hard!!! Reward or not?


How foodrewards affect your interaction with your horse:

Thoughts about: Rewards, Pressure/Release, Treats, etc.
The effects of treats
Food as reward
About food rewards
Powerful training tool - clicker training
The reward system - biochemical background of CT

...some threads about how to use them:

Introducing foodrewards
What do you reward?
Reward signals, precision and clicker training
What treats?
Treats in anxious situations
Treats as communicative feedback

...and a thread about other ways of rewarding:

Other rewards but food?


Leadership and its role in horse-human relationships
Do horses need a leader? (a small discussion in Nepomuk's diary, also about making sense of exercises and the birth of the Miraculous Apple Nests)
What is leadership?
On the notion of equality
Being a leader
Leadership and/or friendship?
Do horses test us?
Rough play


Defining pressure
Pressure, Release, Reward
Mauss/Bláha (pressure and dominance in the wild)
Example of training with pressure, LOL


The relationship
Relationship vs. exercises
Becoming emotional
Patience - Why it matters

...not strictly about relationships but a great and rather colourful thread anyway:

Behaviour, cognition and learning theory

Technical issues - clickers, timing and other things

Shaping and Using Markers for training
Variable Reinforcement
SATs, Bridge&Target and Clicker training

Where to start?

AND groundwork - the levels
Different ways of starting to interact with your horse
A possible start - Just being with your horse
Transistioning from PNH
How to depressurize a poorly confident horse?
Being useful to your horse - A discussion in Outlaw's diary (continued on the next page)
How to be a friend? - Annette's reply to Anni's introduction (also see Volker's post a bit further down the page)
Influences of context and situation (a thread about the benefits of interacting with horses in natural surroundings)

...allowing kids to develop healthy relationships with horses right from the start:

Natural instinct and children

PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:25 pm 
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Thanks Romy!!!!! Great!!!! :applause: :applause:


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Hey Romy,

Thanks for doing that. There are a few gems in their that i had missed!


PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 11:14 am 
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I love this and use it myself!!

Thank you Romy :kiss: :cheers:


PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:18 pm 
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This is really helpfull!!!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:45 pm 
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yeey! :applause:

a lot of helpfull posts that will keep me busy (and quiet) for months :cheers:

time is what you make of it

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you have worked very hard!! impressed

PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:08 am 
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Great to see that the Links to Threads are being used so much. :) I just wanted to say that I am constantly updating them, so even if you have looked into them when I first made that collection, it might be useful to check them again every few months if you are interested in a certain topic.

And of course you can still add your own favourites to this thread.:f:

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