What we're about
The science of positive reinforcement (+R) has transformed animal training into a humane and powerfully effective process of communication. We're horse people of any discipline, including riders, trainers, vets and amateur owners, who want to learn and share these techniques to improve the lives and motivation of our horses.
We focus on proven behavioral science techniques drawn from dog training (clickers) and marine mammal training (targets) to develop relaxed attentiveness and delight in our equines' attitude toward their training. +R can be used both under saddle and on the ground to improve every aspect of work and manners, from improving flying changes in dressage to teaching a zebra to do the hokey pokey. As a reward-based system of precise communication, it works without stressing the animal physically or emotionally.
If you are curious about +R training with horses, but worried that it might be yet another training gimmick, come and find out what it's really about. We'll meet approximately monthly (dates and times are flexible) to set goals, learn and discuss training theory, and provide mutual support. Occasionally we sponsor clinics with experienced +R trainers. Most of us are fairly new to +R, working to improve our techniques and understanding for the benefit of our horses.
No prior experience with positive reinforcement training is necessary, but we recommend that you read DON'T SHOOT THE DOG by Karen Pryor (widely available at online bookstores) to become familiar with the basic concepts.
You will be required to sign a waiver of liability when attending meetings at our generous host barn, Luna Rosa Equestrian. (This is an existing group which is being opened to a larger community and added to meetup.com as of April 16, 2014.)