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First Encounters

November 2013 by Lindsey Vincent

The first encounters with humans can be stressful for the horse, so it is important to ensure they are a positive experience.

In this article Lindsey Vincent explains the challenges of starting the ‘unhandled’ young horse. A reinforcement-based approach that takes advantage of a naive horse’s curious nature coupled with taking things step-by-step, will promote positive associations with you, their human trainer, and will set your training program up to a great start.


Over the Summer, I made a new addition to my equine family. I bought a yearling cow horse prospect named ‘PKM’s Movin On Sugar’.