Easy-to-frighten horses are skittish and can be difficult to work with. But if something in the environment is scaring your horse, there are ways to help your horse be more calm.
Researchers tested three different methods to find out which was the most effective.
The Fear Stimulus: A white nylon bag.
This research used a white nylon bag that was able to be moved along a line. This was found to be universally uncomfortable for horses, and provided a good test stimulus.
The Habituation Method
Horses were exposed to the nylon bag repeatedly until they had become more calm.
The Desensitization Method
Horses were gradually exposed to the nylon bag. The first stage was much less intense than later stages and horses only moved onto the next stage when they were totally comfortable with the current stage.
The Counter-Conditioning Method
Horses were given food rewards every time the nylon bag appeared. This intends to build up a positive association that overcomes the negative association of the fear response.
Most effective method: Desensitization
The desensitisation method was the only method that worked for all participating horses. It was the most effective, longest-lasting and fastest process.
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Building An Iconic CFA Station
The CFA has long been known for its dedication to protecting properties and working hard to keep Australians safe. It was a pleasure and honour being able to work with their principle contractors to build some of their stations.
Like many industrial buildings, the CFA stations are held to strict regulations and requirements that need to be met. This building needed to be flawlessly functional, allowing multiple vehicle access and ease of use.
The CFA stations are almost iconic, especially for those of you who’ve travelled around Australia. It’s a comforting and inspiring moment when you drive into a town you’ve never seen or heard of before and see their CFA headquarters, a proud monument for the town.
Our work with the CFA’s principle contractors was very rewarding, and we’ve since gone back to visit the building. The CFA have installed their regulation alarm system at the top of the apex and they’ve put in regulation floodlights to make the building fully functional.