No Problem! How Problems Create Great Horse Training
Is your horse a creative problem-solver?
Horses that are creative problem-solvers (search for a variety of potential responses to a learning situation) are more engaged in training and make it much easier for trainers to meet their goals. One way to increase a horse's creative problem-solving skill is through the introduction of novel situations and the strategic use of obstacles. For example, once a horse learns how to negotiate backing on to and off of a platform, the act of loading on to and off of a trailer will get easier. Instead of a stumbling block to learning, artificially introduced obstacles accelerate learning in real life. You can use obstacles in all kinds of ways, including preparing animals for the range of necessary behaviors needed for interactions with humans.