Blog: The Lead Rope

September 03, 2019 1 Comment

Blog: The Lead Rope

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5 Kittens Farm Lisa Rossman
5 Kittens Farm Lisa Rossman

December 07, 2021

Just a note, positive reinforcement has a specific definition, as does negative reinforcement. What you’re describing with the lead rope (regardless of the severity or lack thereof) is negative reinforcement. Doesn’t mean it’s negative/bad. It means you removed something. In your example, you removed the steady pressure at the slightest movement forward. Positive reinforcement would be adding something e.g. a treat or a scratch in a favorite spot.
I love the whole sentiment of the post! I definitely have been THAT mom and horsewoman, but I’m learning, like you, to be less pushy and listen a lot more.

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