Respondent (Classical) Conditioning

Last night at the yard we were talking about that reaction we get when a horse does ‘X’ (fill in the X with what triggers that reaction when your stomach muscles tense up, your seat lifts out the saddle and your legs tighten helping to pop you out the saddle a touch more all making it more likely you will fall off).

It’s a respondent reaction; first experience of falling off and hitting the ground (unconditioned elicitor) led to pain/fright (unconditioned response). Now the horse startling (conditioned elicitor) has been conditioned and leads to our startle response.

Now a counter conditioning plan is needed.


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