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Bombproofing Your Horse Part 1

Whether you ride the trails, the show ring or the streets, your horse can benefit from the exercises in this new series by building both horse and rider skills and confidence. Call it what you will, bomb-proofing or de-spooking aims to condition a horse to respond “non-instinctively” to frightening objects and also to generalize this response to anything new and potentially frightening. Generalization is the ability to apply a concept to a situation that is different from the one it was initially learned in. Humans do this quite easily and quite naturally. When you learned to write, for example, you didn't have to relearn the process when you went from school to home, changed from notebook paper to chalk board, or switched from pencils to ballpoint pens. Generalization is “big picture.” Discrimination, by contrast, is the ability to focus on the smaller picture - the details. Humans generalize more easily…

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