This presentation is an introduction to horse training from a positive reinforcement perspective. We will cover important things to know about horse training, such as common terminology, some of the science of behavior change, and benefits to using positive reinforcement.

Included in this presentation will be examples of how to apply this type of training with horses, followed by a live Q&A.

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Jana Dewey, CPBT-KA

Behavior Consultant

Janna Dewey is a Behavior Consultant for Behavior Vets where she specializes in using positive reinforcement methods to work with behaviorally sensitive animals of all species. Prior, she was zoo keeper for about 10 years and was able to work a number of exotic species such as servals, ocelots, porcupines, macaws, birds of prey, reptiles, and llamas. She is a Certified Professional Bird Trainer and has specialized in fearful and aggressive animals throughout her career. She is currently in graduate school at Regis University in Colorado earning her Master’s in Counseling and hope to utilize it for helping people who have more sensitive animals, as well as those in the animal care field. Janna is also a Certified Equine Assisted Mental Health Practitioner through the University of Denver and has interned and volunteered at numerous barns that specialized in therapeutic riding and using equines within therapy sessions.

Janna grew up in Florida where she worked at different barns for lessons in various disciples. She has ridden in dressage, jumping, barrel racing, polo, and trail riding. Her passion is trail riding and loves teaching horses tools for reactiveness on trails. Once she learned about positive reinforcement from her zoo career and saw the effectiveness, she adapted those methods to work with horses in that way.