Episodes
This week we’re talking about changes we have both made in how we care for our horses. The important message here is our ideas can evolve and change. Whether we are talking about training strategies or questions about turnout our horses are our teachers. We need to stay open to the possibility that what we have learned from others, what we have always done, doesn’t need to be set in stone.
Published 10/15/21
This week we’re joined by Dr. Steve Naile. Dr Naile was my vet for over thirty years. He retired in 2020 just as the lockdowns began for the corona virus. When he was at the barn, Steve would often take time to talk about training, and about new updates in veterinary medicine. We’ve both missed those conversations so this podcast gave us a great excuse for a visit. In parts 1 and 2 we talked about deworming, foot care, all the fancy new imaging technology that are available now for...
Published 10/08/21
This week we’re joined by Dr. Steve Naile. Dr Naile was my vet for over thirty years. He retired in 2020 just as the lockdowns began for the corona virus. When Steve came to the barn, he would make extra time to talk about training, and about new updates in veterinary medicine. I’ve missed those conversations so I thought this podcast gave us the perfect opportunity for a visit. It was fun to swap stories about my horses, but that’s not really what this conversation is about. I wanted...
Published 09/30/21
This week we’re joined by Dr. Steve Naile. Dr Naile was my vet for over thirty years. He retired in 2020 just as the lockdowns began for the corona virus. Whenever he was at the barn for our horses, Steve always made extra time to talk about training, and about new updates in veterinary medicine. I’ve missed those conversations. This podcast created an opportunity for an especially interesting conversation. I wanted to ask Steve to look back over the changes he’s seen in veterinary care...
Published 09/24/21
This is Part 3 of our conversation with Sarah Memmi. Sarah is a behavioral scientist. She teaches at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, where she’s an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the College of Business. Sarah’s main area of research is how people pursue goals, handle conflict between multiple goals, and manage their personal resources (time, money). So in this episode we take a deep dive into goals. We revisit the marshmallow test and look at what self control really...
Published 09/09/21
This is Part 2 of our conversation with Sarah Memmi. Sarah is a behavioral scientist. She’s an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the College of Business at the University of Louisville. Sarah’s main area of research is how people pursue goals, handle conflict between multiple goals, and manage their personal resources (time, money). She also teaches in the University of Louisville’s unique equine business program. There are so many rabbit holes we could go down relating to Sarah’s...
Published 08/31/21
Sarah Memmi is a behavioral scientist. She teaches at the University of Louisville in Kentucky where she’s an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the College of Business. Her main area of research is how people pursue goals; how they handle conflicts between multiple goals, and how they manage their personal resources (time, money). She also teaches in the University of Louisville’s unique equine business program. There are so many rabbit holes we could go down relating to Sarah’s...
Published 08/25/21
In part 4 of our conversation with Susan Friedman we begin by looking at transactional training. “I have what you want. If you do what I want, I’ll give you what I have.” How has this very blunt way of looking at training changed as we bring in more of an emphasis on good antecedent arrangements? This takes us to an important discussion of core values and control.
Published 08/13/21
We are celebrating the milestone of our 150th episode with our good friend Dr. Susan Friedman. Our conversation lasted the better part of an afternoon so our celebration is continuing on over several weeks. Last week Susan shared with us three simple questions that help her clients solve their animal training puzzles. This week we’re going to have a change of topic. We’re going to take a very deep dive into the ABCs of training. We discuss some head spinning topics including nonlinear...
Published 08/04/21
We are celebrating the milestone of our 150th episode with our good friend Dr. Susan Friedman. Our conversation lasted the better part of an afternoon so our celebration will be spilling out over several weeks. We ended last week with the question: if you got a new animal, what would you do differently? Susan starts us off by talking about her parrots. She looks back at the way in which she was originally taught to handle her African grey. She compares his behavior with her other birds...
Published 07/29/21
We made it! Or really I should say we made them. This is our 150th episode. That’s a milestone that is worth celebrating so we invited Dr. Susan Friedman to join us. She suggested that she turn the tables on us meaning she would interview us. Susan began with a look back. What were our initial goals for the podcast? That question launched many others and we talked away the afternoon. Three hours is too long for any podcast, especially one that contains so many gems, so I have...
Published 07/20/21
In Part 3 of our conversation about riding we examine the connection between the release of the rein and the “yes answer” of the click. They work together to create incredible clarity for the horse. Clarity leads to confidence for both horse and rider. It also helps to create beautiful balance. We also talk about the effect that desperation clicks, missed clicks, and unintended clicks have on your horse’s response.
Published 07/15/21
This is Part 2 of a three part conversation about riding with the clicker. We began in Part 1 with a description of single-rein riding. In Part 2 we explore the connection between the “yes answer” information the rein provides and the “yes” of the click. Understand that and he doors to performance excellence are wide open. Putting these two systems together lets you communicate great nuance. The horses really own the changes you’re asking for. They know how to organize their own...
Published 07/07/21
This is the start of a three part conversation about riding with the clicker. In Part 1 we jump straight in with a description of single-rein riding. We’ll take you back to what it was like to be a youngster again going out to get your pony. It was a lot more fun to hop onto your pony bareback and ride to the barn rather than walk all the way back. You had only a halter and lead rope for control, but you learned that was all you needed. And then you took lessons and you forgot those...
Published 06/29/21
We begin this week’s episode by talking about an up-coming Getting Started clinic that is scheduled for July 2021. This takes us down many fun rabbit holes - expectation, conditioned reinforcers, learning from stories, trailering nightmares, the leggo blocks of training, giraffe preferences, and finally to riding.
Published 06/23/21
In Part One of our conversation with Anita Schnee we promised you an Awareness Through Movement session. That’s how we begin this week’s episode. There’s no better way to learn about the Feldenkrais Method® than to experience it directly. So this week instead of listening to the podcast while you are driving, instead find a quiet time when you can lie down on your back. Relax, listen and enjoy an ATM lesson. Then join us for a further discussion of the Feldenkrais Method® as it relates...
Published 06/11/21
Horses know how to reinforce us. When we get ourselves organized and well balanced, they reward us with glorious rides. This is one of the many reasons the Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons are so useful for anyone who handles horses. Our guest this week, Anita Schnee, is a Feldenkrais practitioner who has been attending my clinics since 2016. She's the perfect ambassador to explain the Feldenkrais Method® and to relate it to training.
Published 06/03/21
Should I make you wait until you listen to the podcast to find out what the great news is? I think not. I’m delighted to finally be able to announce that the first lesson in my DVD series is now available on line. “Lesson One: Getting Started with the Clicker” is available as an on-line mini course. I’ve been working on this project for several years. I’ve had it mostly done for a while, but there were other things that kept pushing it onto the back burner, including getting the...
Published 05/20/21
I know many of us head to our horses to get away from the news, but sometimes the news intrudes and our horses can help us make sense of what we see in the headlines. Dominique turned both to her horses and to Murray Sidman’s book, “Coercion and It’s Fallout” to bring some clarity to events that were occurring in Montreal. The metaphors work in both directions. Our horses can help us understand these larger events. And the “real world” can provide insights that bring clarity to the...
Published 05/14/21
We’ve talked a lot about constructional training in these podcasts. This week we’re exploring two related topics. The first asks how do you look at the world? Are you a glass half empty sort of person where you get mired down in the problem? Or is the glass half full where you have a clear vision of what you want and you go about learning how to get there? You could be using a positive reinforcement procedure to try and stop an unwanted behavior. Or you could be using what can look...
Published 05/04/21
When Dominique and I get together to record a podcast we usually don’t have a subject mapped out in advance. These are truly conversations, not planned lectures. When we connected via zoom, Dominique said she had something she wanted to talk about, but she wasn’t going to tell me in advance what it was. That always makes for the best conversation. Dominique has been wanting to talk about emotions and emotional behavior for a long time. Now finally she was bringing this “cat” out of the...
Published 04/28/21
This is part 3 of our conversation with Kyle Hetzel. Kyle is a zoo keeper. He used to work with big cats, sea lions, giraffes, wolves and other wild animals. But he is currently working in the children’s zoo section of a large west coast zoo. Kyle wants to bring what he has been learning from the wild animals to the handling of domestic animals. In Part 1 Kyle introduced us to some of the exotic animals who were his early teachers. In Part 2 we shifted the conversation to barnyard...
Published 04/08/21
I was tempted to call this episode: “Just Because People Tell You Something Can’t Be Done, Doesn’t Mean It Can’t Be Done”. But I thought that might be a little long so I called it instead: “Cow CAN Stand on Three Feet.” This is part 2 of our conversation with Kyle Hetzel. Kyle is a zoo keeper. In this episode he shares his experiences working with barnyard animals. Kyle started out working with big cats, sea lions, giraffes, wolves and other wild animals. But he is currently working in...
Published 04/01/21
There are many paths that bring us to horses. Kyle Hetzel has taken one of the more unusual ones. Kyle is a zoo keeper. He has worked with big cats, wolves, marine mammals, giraffes, but these days he is working with domestic animals in the children’s zoo section of a large west coast zoo. Working with wild animals has taught Kyle the importance of team work and cooperative care. He wants to bring what he has been learning from the wild animals to the handling of domestic animals. In...
Published 03/25/21
There were so many titles I could have given this episode. Another good one would have been: “We Haven’t Known What We’ve Known”. That’s a quote from Dr. Jesús Rosales Ruiz. It refers to this huge jig saw puzzle we’ve all been working on that’s called animal training. But in the end I decided to call the episode “Happy Alligator Toes” because how often do you get to use a title like that? You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out what it means. What would you guess? I wonder if...
Published 03/19/21