Equine In Theory

3 || What's the Point of the Clicker?

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By Jill
Welcome to Equine In Theory, the podcast that follows the real-time equestrian journey of Jill Treece (me). Hopefully, you'll find me mildly entertaining while you drive to the barn, clean stalls, etc. Each week I'll be discussing topics regarding an ethical & science-based approach to horse training primarily centered around positive reinforcement (+R) & clicker training. I'll detail the plans & outcomes of my training sessions as well as explanations of the content I'm reading!

I'm thrilled to have a place to vent this information! I hope you'll enjoy it or at least listen to most of it.
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23 || Improving Confidence In & Out of the Saddle
In this week's episode, I discuss confidence in and out of the saddle. Confidence is a necessary skill to being an equestrian — yes, skill. It is something we can develop and improve through our actions. From cantering to jumping to asking for ketchup, confidence can be improved, so listen on! Have a listen and enjoy! Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(: Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Website − www.jetequitheory.com ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com
21:30
September 11, 2019
22 || I'm Not Motivated
In this week's episode, I discuss an array of rambly things regarding my recent lack of motivation lol. Have a listen and enjoy! Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(: Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Website − www.jetequitheory.com ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com
25:13
September 3, 2019
21 || Social Media: Instagram & Youtube Growth, & Sponsorships
In this week's episode, I discuss one the ins an outs of social medias such as instagram and youtube as well as sponsorships! The rest, you'll have to listen for(:  Have a listen and enjoy! Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(: Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Website − www.jetequitheory.com ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com
40:55
August 27, 2019
20 || Basically My Horses Chased Me
In this week's episode, I discuss some of the recent & brilliant events that have happened with Mac, Zoë, and I! They've been so fun lately & I wanted to share that & my thoughts on how the horses have changed in incredible ways(: Have a listen and enjoy! Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(:  Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Website − www.jetequitheory.com ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com
30:59
August 20, 2019
19 || Juno's Journey (Discussing her history w/ abuse & where we go from here)
In this week's episode, I discuss one of the horses I work with, Juno. You may remember her as she was the one who kicked Zoë! Oops! But this particular episode is about her history, one filled with abuse, & what I’m doing to nurture a trusting, positive relationship with her as well as how I’m getting her to be okay with everyday activities. Have a listen and enjoy! Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(:  Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Website − www.jetequitheory.com ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com
30:33
August 13, 2019
18 || Jerking Hoof Away from Farrier
In this week's episode, I answer a listener's question regarding a horse who jerks their hoof away from the farrier & how to go about solving this issue. Have a listen and enjoy! Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(:  Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Website − www.jetequitheory.com ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com
29:31
July 30, 2019
17 || Being Proactive Instead of Reactive
In this week's episode, I discuss the common misconception that +R trainers are too passive in their training. When problems arise what do we do? When you can't use food to solve a dangerous situation is there anything you can do using +R? Have a listen and enjoy! Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(:  Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Website − www.jetequitheory.com ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com
37:32
July 24, 2019
16 || Why I'm Dropping Out of the RRP Thoroughbred Makeover
In this week's episode, I discuss why I will no longer be competing in the Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover. Read the blog post about it at https://jetequitheory.com/blog/2019/7/12/the-most-important-goal Have a listen and enjoy! Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(:  Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Website − www.jetequitheory.com ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com
31:30
July 16, 2019
15 || +R Misconceptions
In this week's episode, I touch on many misconceptions surrounding +R training including : "it'll make the horse fat," "hip packs are weird," "the horse is just doing it for food," "the horse won't want to work if given the choice to leave," and "treats make horses bite."  Have a listen and enjoy! Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(:  Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Website − www.jetequitheory.com ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com
29:15
July 9, 2019
14 || Future Plans Edu & Career Wise
In this week's episode, I detail my recent trip to tour a graduate college, what I'm doing & did for school, and how that applies to the career I'd like(: Have a listen and enjoy! Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(:  Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Website − www.jetequitheory.com ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com
19:57
July 2, 2019
13 || Ulcers: Info & My Experience
In this week's episode, I discuss ulcers ooooo. The bane of horse owner's across the world! Anywho, I'll be talking about what I've learned about ulcers, how to figure out if your horse has them, & what changes you can make to treat & prevent them. I am not vet or nutritionist, so I highly recommend talking to your vet & doing your own research outside this episode! Have a listen and enjoy! Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(: Links on Ulcers: How to Palpate - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr05hMmLCY4 Depaolo Health Library - http://hl.depaoloequineconcepts.com/?q=taxonomy/term/3 My feed video - https://youtu.be/T-xfwNqwxrI Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Website − www.jetequitheory.com ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com
23:37
June 25, 2019
12 || Hip Targeting
In this week's episode, I discuss how I taught Zoë to hip target, important things to remember, and some troubleshooting! Have a listen and enjoy! Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(: Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Website − www.jetequitheory.com ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com
17:34
June 18, 2019
11 || Answering Your Questions
In this week's episode, I answer questions you guys asked on Instagram! From what’s up with Zoë, my thoughts on -R, what the Retired Racehorse Project is all about, how I got started eventing, Mac’s history & much more! Have a listen and enjoy! Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(:  Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Website − www.jetequitheory.com ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com
59:59
June 11, 2019
10 || How to Start Clicker Training with +R
In this week's episode, I explain (to the best of my amateur ability) how to get started clicker training by describing the two most important skills -- in my opinion -- as well as the do's & don't's of your first sessions. Be sure to check out the blog post for an in depth (more organized) version! https://jetequitheory.com/blog/2019/5/30/how-to-start-clicker-training Best of luck & happy clicking lol I'm never saying that again. Have a listen and enjoy! Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(:  Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Website − www.jetequitheory.com ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com
37:16
June 4, 2019
9 || Getting on Mac
In this week's episode, I discuss getting on Mac, my RRP project, for the first time! At first try, cinching the girth resulted in some warning nips. But, after treating for ulcers, he's a different horse! With +R we worked through all of the nitty gritty details until I was sitting on a brilliant & comfortable horse(: Have a listen and enjoy! Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(: Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Website − www.jetequitheory.com ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com
34:00
May 28, 2019
8 || Bridling Mac & Tongue Tying
In this week's episode, I discuss the procedure I use to bridle  Mac, my RRP project. At first try, bridling seemed like a monumental task that I wasn't sure we'd ever get through in the way I'd like. But! This young horse continues to surprise & challenge me in the best way! Have a listen and enjoy! Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(: Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Website − www.jetequitheory.com ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com
39:02
May 21, 2019
7 || Behavioral Problems & +R Solutions
In this week's episode, I discuss a few of the behavioral issues that I encountered with Mac, my RRP project. He was shut down, jumpy, and afraid, so instead of punishing for the undesirables, I changed the question and environment. I offered more control to a horse who previously had none, and in doing so, worked through some very common behavioral problems without resorting to the normal means. I focus on "girthy" horses, biting the halter, biting at people, and head/ear shyness. Be sure to give it a listen and let me know what you think! Do note that I am an amateur, so take my explanations with a grain of salt! Best(: Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(: DePaulo Equine Concepts: http://hl.depaoloequineconcepts.com Palpating Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr05hMmLCY4 Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Website − www.jetequitheory.com ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com
34:46
May 14, 2019
6 || My Experience at an Alexandra Kurland Clinic
In this week's episode, I detail my experience, thoughts, and acquired knowledge from an Alexandra Kurland clinic! Unfortunately, I didn't get to work with Mac as he & Zoë couldn't bear to be apart during the weekend, so Alex worked with Mac and I worked with Zo. Anywho, that's all the description you're getting, so tune into this week's episode, & don't forget to check out the videos from the clinic on my YouTube channel! Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(: Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Website − www.jetequitheory.com ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com
45:39
May 7, 2019
5 || Balancing Horses w/ College & Staying Motivated
In this week's episode, I discuss my daily goings on in a different format. This topic was highly requested, so I thought I'd take a stab at it. There's not much else to say other than sit back, relax, and enjoy! Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(: Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Website − www.jetequitheory.com ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com
35:32
April 30, 2019
4 || Zoë's Story
In this week's episode, I'm stepping out of my scientist/dictionary shoes and into my storytelling ones. I discuss the events that led up to Zo becoming mine and how we got to where we are now! There's not much else to say other than sit back, relax, and enjoy! Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(: Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Website − www.jetequitheory.com ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com
47:52
April 23, 2019
3 || What's the Point of the Clicker?
+R trainers often use clickers or a specific sound to “mark” a behavior. The marker or bridge signal, bridges the gap from the behavior to the reinforcer. The click becomes a secondary reinforcer because the horse knows that his reward is coming. Trainers use bridge signals to make the training more precise and communicate information to the horse that the behavior he was performing at the time of the click earned him the reward & that that reward is on its way! The use of a clicker tool or a tongue click (not to be confused with a “cluck” as for most horses that is a move-your-feet cue) is important for more complex behaviors. By using a bridge signal, you don’t have to try to feed the moment the behavior is offered. Doing so would be ineffective & unclear to the horse — especially with behaviors like piaffe, or trotting. The clicker buys the trainer time and keeps training clear. For more explanation on the clicker, check out my glossary page jetequitheory.com/glossary and my resource page jetequitheory.com/resources! I also have an entire blog post dedicated to the subject at https://jetequitheory.com/blog/2019/3/13/so-whats-the-deal-with-the-clicker Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(: Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com Podbean: 9xndtivh
17:12
April 16, 2019
2 || What is Positive Reinforcement?
This week's episode discusses the four quadrants of operant conditioning, positive/negative reinforcement/punishment (+R, -R, +P, -P). I delve into what each of the four means and what it looks like in horsemanship & training. I hope you find this episode useful and fun! Be sure to tune in next week for the episode where I'll be discussing the purpose of the clicker. For more explanation on the quadrants, check out my glossary page jetequitheory.com/glossary and my resource page jetequitheory.com/resources! Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(: Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com
22:49
April 9, 2019
1 || Welcome to Equine in Theory!
Welcome! I hope that you guys are as excited as I am to embark on this new platform's journey. I couldn't be more thrilled to finally be doing my own podcast. I'm not sure of it's future, but for now, I am here to share my journey as a horse trainer. Not in the traditional sense of the word, but instead the sense that every time I'm with my horses, I'm teaching them something new, and they are teaching me many "somethings new!" I hope you guys will tune in to each week's episode. I'm aiming for a new release every Tuesday to pair nicely with new YouTube releases every Monday. I can't wait to dive in! Let me know your thoughts & be sure to leave a positive review for me(: Where to find me: ◇ Instagram − @JETequitheory @JETxtras @Jill.Treece ◇ YouTube − youtube.com/c/jeteventing ◇ Facebook − facebook.com/JETequitheory ◇ Business Email − jetequitheory@gmail.com Music: "Endless Motion" from Bensound.com
12:00
April 1, 2019
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