As a horse trainer, I think about behavior all the time. Why are the horses I work with acting like this? How can I change it, how can I teach them or motivate them to do something different?
The answers are often both simple and complex at the same time.
A truth I have come to understand is that, on a basic behavioral level, we aren’t that different from our horses. As humans we may have more cognitive ability, we may be able to reflect on the past or imagine the future, but our day to day behavior is influenced and shaped the same way as our horse, our dog, or the sparrow outside.
We all do more of what makes us feel good. It’s called reinforcement. This is the simple part.
Where it gets more complex is that there are different types of reinforcement and what feels good to one individual (horse, person, dog) may feel terrible to another.
I’ll explain in this week’s video. Hit play below.
I’m excited to read your comments on this one!
Scroll down and share your “reinforcement list”.