Use Positive Reinforcement to Improve Your Riding

Positive reinforcement isn’t just important for your horse at the barn or for your dog at home. Positive reinforcement works for you too and it can make your riding better and the learning process a lot more fun.

You don’t even have to change the way your riding instructor teaches. You can use positive reinforcement on yourself.

Last week, we talked about reinforcements and how understanding what a reinforcement is and how it influences our horse’s behavior is key to good training. But reinforcements affect our behavior in the same way.

Remember a reinforcement is something that increases a behavior, or makes us do more of what we were doing. A reinforcement can be something good coming our way, like a treat or praise, or it can be something bad going away – the removal of any type of pressure.

As humans, praise is a big reinforcement for us. We like to know we are doing a good job, and we can use this to our advantage when we’re learning.


In today’s video, you’re going to hear about three different studies that looked at the effects of positive reinforcement on learning and in interactions between people. (If you’re spending time with family over the holidays, this could be a very important video for you…)

Hit play to learn how you can use positive reinforcement to improve your riding.

Here is your challenge for the comments – tell me at least one thing that you are really good at! It doesn’t matter how small or insignificant you think it is, start looking for the positive!

See you in the comments,


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