Introduction to Positive Reinforcement

Do you want a stronger relationship with your Miniature Horse? Do you feel like you’re struggling to communicate clearly what you’re asking? Does teaching a new skill feel like a battle of wills, one that you’re not sure you’re going to win?

I’ve been there. I’ve used harsh words like “stubborn” and “rude” to describe horses who were struggling to understand what I wanted. I’ve cried tears of frustration because I didn’t know what to do next, and thought I wasn’t going to be able to reach my goals.

Back when I first started using positive reinforcement in my training, I didn’t really know what it was. I didn’t understand the science that backs it up, and I wasn’t doing it the “right” way. But it still made a huge difference. The shut down, difficult horse I was working with suddenly became engaged and keen to learn. It really can seem like magic when you first start, almost like it’s too easy to teach something new. And your horse will love the clarity it gives him, to truly know when he’s gotten the right answer.

Positive Reinforcement is gaining popularity in the equine world, but unfortunately too many people are still dismissing it, holding onto the old school belief that “treats are bad.”

This course will introduce you to the concept of positive reinforcement, explaining why it’s so powerful – it seems like magic, but it’s actually science! – and giving clear instructions for you to begin using this form of communication with your Miniature Horse.

With a step by step learning process, including both teaching and demonstration videos, at the completion of this course both you and your horse will be ready to incorporate this powerful tool into your everyday training, helping you to excel in whatever you’d like to accomplish.


Module 1 – Learning Theory

Module 2 – Choosing a Bridge Signal

Module 3 – Be Polite

Module 4 – Target Training

Module 5 – Four Simple Skills

Module 6 – Sky’s The Limit

Here’s what people are saying about this course:

“This course has been life changing for me and my two mini horses. I am highly recommending this course to anyone that has minis or thinking of getting one.”

“I knew nothing about Positive Reinforcement before taking this class. I took in a feral mini mule. I had no experience with mules at all, only horses. Was starting to feel I bit off more then I could handle. Until on a whim I took this class! It has been one of the best decisions I have made. This little feral Mini Mule is fast on his way to becoming a well trained easy to handle little guy. With the help of this class I am now able to turn him loose in large corral and have him come to me, he actually enjoys being with me! He is learning that being groomed and having his feet handled is ok and not scary. Along with learning the beginning steps of sidepassing, backing, and working on and off lead. This class has gave not only him confidence, but me as well to help him be all he can be. He has come so far in such a short time due to Kendra and her Intro to Positive Reinforcement class. I will also add Positive Reinforcement when working with my other Mini horses. I am so happy I took the class! I love learning new things to help me my horses and (smile) mule. I highly recommend this class!”

“I had no idea we could do so much with our minis! This course has opened up a whole new world of how we can teach them and it be enjoyable for them and us. Kendra is an excellent teacher and I highly recommend this course.”

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