Like any training method, there is a steep learning curve for reinforcement training, and you may struggle to make progress until you've mastered the timing and technique. If reinforcement training didn't work for you, it's possible that your horse didn't clearly understand the relationship between the behavior and the reinforcer (which can be frustrating!), that they didn't want the reinforcer that you chose, or that they were too anxious to process and learn, among other things! Mastering the nuances of reinforcement training is a lifelong process, and can be surprisingly difficult for adults who have ridden with traditional training methods for years. We believe taking the time and patience to learn this method is worth it to improve your riding, the relationship with your horse, and how you interact with other people and animals in your life.