Loading the Problem Loader: The Effects of Target Training and Shaping on Trailer-Loading Behavior of Horses

Description:

Article on the effects of target training and shaping on the trailer-loading behavior of horses.

Creator(s):
Creation Date: 2001
Partner(s):
UNT College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Collection(s):
UNT Scholarly Works
Usage:
Total Uses: 59
Past 30 days: 2
Yesterday: 0
Creator (Author):
Ferguson, Dawnery L.

University of North Texas

Creator (Author):
Rosales-Ruiz, Jesus

University of North Texas

Publisher Info:
Date(s):
  • Creation: 2001
Description:

Article on the effects of target training and shaping on the trailer-loading behavior of horses.

Degree:
Department: Behavior Analysis
Note:

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to develop an effective method for trailer loading horses based on principles of positive reinforcement. Target training and shaping were used to teach trailer-loading behavior to 5 quarter horse mares in a natural setting. All 5 had been trailer loaded before through the use of aversive stimulation. Successive approximations to loading and inappropriate behaviors were the dependent variables. After training a horse to approach a target, the target was moved to various locations inside the trailer. Horses started training on the left side of a two-horse trailer. After a horse was loading on the left side, she was moved to the right side, then to loading half on the right and half on the left. A limited-hold procedure and the presence of a companion horse seemed to facilitate training for 1 horse. Inappropriate behaviors fell to zero immediately after target training, and all the horses successfully completed the shaping sequence. Finally, these effects were observed to generalize to novel conditions (a different trainer and a different trailer).

Note:

Copyright © 2001 Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.

Physical Description:

15 p.

Language(s):
Subject(s):
Keyword(s): trailer loading | horses | targeting | shaping | behavior analysis
Source: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 2001, Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, pp. 409-423
Partner:
UNT College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Collection:
UNT Scholarly Works
Identifier:
  • DOI: 10.1901/jaba.2001.34-409 |
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc277298
Resource Type: Article
Format: Text
Rights:
Access: Public
Citation:
Publication Title: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume: 34
Issue: 4
Edition: Winter
Page Start: 409
Page End: 423
Peer Reviewed: Yes