"TRAINING BY ATTRACTION"
The basis of teaching my horses to paint came out of my quest to see if horses can be trained primarily with positive reinforcement.
I’d heard many trainers say that negative reinforcement or pressure/release is your line of communication with your horse. I wanted to try something different.
I saw the vast contrast between working with my horses using methods of attraction and using methods of pressure. It became a question: Was I like a predator using pressure, or a provider using attraction? By training with attraction, my horses were relaxed and focused without using any force.
Pressure can be communicated to a horse with a shout or a whisper. I like what I see in my horses when they respond because the choice feels good, not because they're avoiding something that feels bad. -cw
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Art in Collaboration
Since 2004 I have been collaborating with my horses to create what I call 'interspecies collaborative action art.' My horses paint with brushes in their mouths and I choose the colors, brushes and direct the canvas.
During this time we’ve appeared at festivals, horse shows and art shows. I’ve written articles for magazines both here and abroad and we’ve been on national TV.
Watch my herd of painting horses on The CBS Early Show:
How in the world do you teach a horse to paint?
Before I could answer this often-asked question
with any authority, I had to make certain that
Romeo, a formerly troubled Paso Fino and my first
painter, wasn’t a fluke.
We then we welcomed
a bold and curious Paso Fino mare, who seemed
to learn simply by watching Romeo.
And if three painting horses weren’t enough, I really wanted to see what a yearling could do. As luck would have it we acquired not just any yearling, but a Clydesdale yearling! Raleigh's zeal for painting tops the other three.
November - 2011
PAINTING HORSES STAR IN
Imagine a pair of 900-pound
horses photographed in a furnished, carpeted
house eating cake with a Chihuahua
2004-2009 Cheryl Ward & Sam Sharnik