Teaching without lecturing
“The Power of Indirect Training” (EQUUS 478) was fantastic. As a corporate learning professional, I will say that most people don’t like the “direct” approach either---which I would call a lecture. If we are “lecturing” our horses, like people, they probably won’t retain any of the learning, as your article pointed out.
When my horses get worried about an object, I’ve found that I get much better results by stopping, letting them look at it, making sure I’m conveying a relaxed energy and asking them to get curious about the object. My role is to persuade them the object is nonthreatening, not to force them to accept it. Carol Delisi Sheridan, Montana