Thinking Horsemanship Forum


The Thinking Horsemanship Forum is for anyone (beginner, professional or somewhere in-between) who would like to understand more about the behaviour of horses (and other animals) and how they learn. We prefer to study the published science into learning and behaviour and its practical application to training than to follow any commercial methodology. In particular we aim to use positive reinforcement (sometimes although not always via clicker training) and increased motivation in order to train our horses, rather than the traditional methods of increasing pressure.

We welcome discussion on all topics within the areas of learning and behaviour and encourage lively debate over the various methods of equine training. But it should be made clear that no personal attacks or criticism will be tolerated and such posts will be edited or removed. We would also like to make it clear that we are not qualified experts offering advice and are not affiliated to any such experts or commercial organization. We are purely interested individuals who would like to learn more for the benefit of our horses.

Useful Threads and Links
Admin.: Posting Photos, Who are we?
Recommended Reading: Recommended Reading, EBF reading list, CoH reading list
CT Help: CT First Step, CT in the South East,Variable Schedules of Reinforcement,Which Behaviours?
Barefoot: Barefooters, Barefoot Trimming, Barefoot for Soundness
Horses getting over-enthusiastic about treats: Mugging with teeth!, Is size important?
Learning from Mistakes: Learning from our mistakes, Bad timing of the click
Favourite Quotes: A quote that I just found and like,
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Message TitleAuthorRepliesLast Post
Clicker Training and FearCatherineB2Jun 22, 2017, 2:53 PM
Reward-based training better than aversive...CatherineB-Apr 7, 2017, 2:57 PM
At the foot of it all - Catherine BellCatherineB-Dec 16, 2016, 12:50 AM
Tool-UseCatherineB-Nov 28, 2016, 9:23 PM
Horses communicate by pointingAnonymous-Sep 27, 2016, 9:07 PM
Taming Zebra?Anonymous-Sep 27, 2016, 9:04 PM
Human Behaviour Change ConferenceCatherineB2Sep 25, 2016, 1:29 AM
The Stupid Horse...Chuck Mintzlaff3Jul 19, 2016, 10:46 PM
21 Years of Thinking - Catherine BellCatherineB-Jul 19, 2016, 2:02 AM
Kicking stable doors...CatherineB4Jun 10, 2016, 1:33 AM
Play - humans and other animalsCatherineB2Jun 8, 2016, 1:17 AM
Articles about PrimatesCatherineB1Jun 1, 2016, 1:37 AM
Articles about fish and other sea lifeCatherineB2Jun 1, 2016, 1:32 AM
Articles about BirdsCatherineB-Jun 1, 2016, 1:31 AM
Articles about DogsCatherineB-Jun 1, 2016, 1:27 AM
Latest Facebook post - LibertyCatherineB-Mar 24, 2016, 10:00 PM
My interview with EPONA.TVCatherineB-Mar 16, 2016, 3:43 PM
What Would Horses Choose? - Catherine BellCatherineB-Jan 4, 2016, 4:30 PM
Can they suffer? Pain in insects, spiders and crustaceansAnonymous-Oct 27, 2015, 1:24 AM
Psychology of training - natural or not? - Catherine BellCatherineB-Aug 28, 2015, 1:44 PM
Manners! - Catherine Bell Catherine B-Jun 16, 2015, 5:48 PM
A Bit More ChoiceCatherineB1Jun 13, 2015, 9:29 PM
Thinking Horsemanship weekendCatherineB5Apr 27, 2015, 6:42 PM
"Prof, no one is reading you"CatherineB-Apr 16, 2015, 7:00 PM
Research on StablingCatherineB1Mar 22, 2015, 11:18 AM
Inconsistency....CatherineB-Mar 9, 2015, 2:11 AM
If Dogs Then Why Not Horses? - Catherine BellCatherineB-Feb 26, 2015, 6:28 PM
Horse-human relationshipCatherineB1Jan 12, 2015, 5:47 PM
Jak has come to stay..CatherineB7Jan 2, 2015, 4:29 PM
Musings on Variable Schedules....CatherineB-Oct 22, 2014, 5:56 PM
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