Teach­ing with­out lec­tur­ing

EQUUS - - Eq Letters -

“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

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