Chloe rode horses western for fun as a child, then later on took riding lessons in saddleseat, huntseat, and briefly hunter/jumper. Recognizing poor treatment and management in many equestrian sports, they decided to buy their own horse and search for a better way to work with horses. Maneuvering around a traditional world, finding information and inspiration was challenging but through social media they discovered wonderful trainers using food rewards and scratching to reward their horses for desirable behavior. Being told to never feed a horse by hand, Chloe was going against tradition and many "common sense" rules in the equestrian community. But it worked.
Chloe has been practicing R+ and studying behavior since 2018 but firmly believes in continuing education for professionals in an unregulated industry. They have completed courses through the IAABC, Bookends Farm, Liberty Horsemanship, Karen Pryor Academy, The Willing Equine Academy, Duke University, Victoria Stillwell Academy and The University of Edinburgh with many more to come!
They hope to become certified as both an equine and canine behavior professional and trainer and are currently logging hours as both.
Traditional training works, but the fallout is risky. You have to have impeccable timing, be insanely consistent, and may have to frequently increase the severity of your punishments or escalating pressure. Using R+, we can focus on and encourage the good behaviors leaving both you and your horse!
Using R+ will create a creative, confident, mentally sound, and physically fit horse (if done well!). A fearless horse is less likely to fall back in training or physical health than a horse who is subjected to frequent punishment, pain, fear, or fear of pain.