Applied behavior analysis live in immersion course in Oregon USA. This is a unique learning opportunity for beginner or advanced +R enthusiasts. Students will learn practical application of +R and LIMA principles with several species. One on one coaching will guide you in teaching behaviors from scratch. Learn how to construct consent dialogue, build behavior chains, duration, and increase animal confidence. Work hands on with horses, goats, chickens and more. This experience is personalized to your interests. Private housing is provided for you. Want to bring your own horse? Receive coaching for problem solving and improving your relationship together. Course begins in May 2023 and length of stay is 2 weeks to 2 months. This is a great learning experience for young adults (Students must be 18+).
Course is personalized to your interests!
- Bridleless riding
- Starting horses under saddle
- Classical movements/ dressage
- Cart driving
- Gaited horses
- Breeding management for Horses and Goats
- Hoof trimming/ ferrier skills for Horses and Goats
- Increase your confidence with animals
Learn how to use positive reinforcement for
- Husbandry/ care behaviors
- Consent signals
- Shaping, criteria and cues
- Stimulus control
- Increasing duration
- Building behavior chains
- Identifying and shaping emotions
- Balancing motivation and relaxation
- Building animal confidence
- Removing unwanted behavior
About the instructor Mary Kautz
Mary has worked exclusively in the equine industry since 2002. She is passionate about teaching students ethical and freedom based animal handling methods. Mary enjoys guiding students as they learn practical uses of positive reinforcement for all species. Supporting students as they develop new skills is very rewarding for Mary.
Practical Animal Application +R Course May- June 2023
Minimum of 2 week stay, up to 2 months.
Includes 6 days a week of coaching 2 hrs per day, private housing with furnishings, internet, and laundry. Only one student will be housed at the farm at a time.
Base price of $475. USD per week - two week minimum
Labor trade discount of - $50./week for 30 minutes a day as a training assistant or farm labor.
Board for your horse at 75./week
Student/ Assistant position July- Aug 2023
Minimum 1 month stay. This is slower paced and less intensive learning than the course and may not include goats. Assist with animal basic equine care and training. 6 days a week, 1 hour per day coaching. Includes private housing with furnishings, internet, and laundry. $1000. / month
There are many ways to learn about positive reinforcement training and develop your skills, but this is one of the best ways to do it. Unlike a clinic or course, your learning will start exactly where your knowledge and skills are currently at. No matter your skill levels with horses or positive reinforcement training, you can learn without having to go over material you’re already familiar with or finding that you’re in over your head in material you don’t understand yet.
Every animal has something to teach us; one of the most valuable parts of the experience was getting to work with several different animals of multiple species, which is valuable whether you don’t have animals of your own to work with or just want to expand your knowledge beyond your own animals. There's no better way to get a wide variety of individual animals and behaviors while also getting the time to become familiar with each animal as an individual.
Mary also has a lot of insight into working in the equine industry, which is useful for students who are considering an equine-related career. If you’re curious about equine health and husbandry, there are also plenty of opportunities to learn.
Being a student with Mary was one of the best choices I ever made! If you’re looking to expand your depth and breadth of training knowledge, I highly recommend this experience.
- Cara (2022 student)
Pictures of human and horse accommodations available upon request.
Applicants please send an email to EarthTreasureFarm@gmail.com or use the Contact form on this website to request questionnaire.