There’s a big mistake we have all made where we think we are training our horse, but actually they may be training us… essentially neither one really understands what the other thinks is happening.
If you’ve ever had your dog jump on you at the door or your
horse mug you for food before turning their head away, you’re going to want to
watch this new interview with Dr. Patricia Barlow Irick.
Explaining the “Premack Principle” in training is just one
nugget of training gold Patricia gives in this interview, as she also talks
about her years of experience working with mustangs and other feral equids.
In this interview, meet Dr. Patricia Barlow Irick, biologist, animal behaviorist, and mustang trainer. Dr. Irick uses science to develop gentling methods so that mustangs can find their new adoptive homes and to ensure those adopters have a successful experience with their new horse.
Dr. Irick has worked with over 600 horses, authored several books, including one we will discuss here, and developed a 26 step training program preparing her mustangs for adoption.
Click play below to watch the video (if you’re short on time and want to learn about the training mistake mentioned above, go to minute 9:38 in the video)