Constructional Approach Training

CATConstructional Approach Training CAT for horses is complicated in its simplicity. The difference is in the control – in CAT for horses we remain below our horse’s anxiety at all times. We present the trigger of fear to our horse under our horse’s level of anxiety – in other words at a distance where our horse is aware of its presence but does feel the need to leave in order to attain greater distance between themselves and the object (or person). The beauty here is that we never elevate our horses’ anxiety levels. By remaining below the threshold of anxiety and reinforcing a calm behaviour by giving the horse distance by walking away when our horse offers a calming behaviour it gives our horse the control they need to ensure that they remain calm at every step of the process. A calm signal can be anything from swatting a fly from their skin to lowering their head on presentation of the object or person they are afraid of. for horses is complicated in its simplicity. The difference is in the control – in CAT for horses we remain below our horse’s anxiety at all times. We present the trigger of fearFear Het zorgt ervoor dat paarden gaan vluchten om te overleven. to our horse under our horse’s level of anxiety – in other words at a distance where our horse is aware of its presence but does feel the need to leave in order to attain greater distance between themselves and the object (or person). The beauty here is that we never elevate our horses’ anxiety levels. By remaining below the threshold of anxiety and reinforcing a calm behaviour by giving the horse distance by walking away when our horse offers a calming behaviour it gives our horse the control they need to ensure that they remain calm at every step of the process. A calm signal can be anything from swatting a fly from their skin to lowering their head on presentation of the object or person they are afraid of.