I am so proud of Zum! He bravely approaches the umbrella wherever I hold it. I praise him often for every little bit of bravery and good work. With my encouragement and praise, I know more good work will follow.
Often, when I am riding my horses on the trail, it begins to rain. I carry a raincoat in my saddle bag or tied to the back of my saddle. Zum needs to see a raincoat ahead of the time I have to put one on so that he isn’t afraid of raincoats. Zum has never seen a raincoat before.
Horse trainers cannot bludgeon a horse into obedience to get good results. I have seen horse trainers do this and it doesn’t work. Instead, I put Zum in a position where he will respond mentally and physically with the desired response. Then I reward Zum for responding correctly. If Zum isn’t responding correctly, I need to listen to him so I can figure out how to vary my request so he understands me.