Challenges

Positive Reinforcement Challenges

Empowered Equines is hosting a collection of Positive Reinforcement challenges. We aspire to provide an ethical alternative to mainstream equestrian competitions, based on the use of aversives, with these horse-friendly, reward-based tasks. These challenges include a list of unmounted tasks to do with your horse with the use of positive reinforcement. These challenges are designed to be done by anyone, with any equine, and submitted privately online.

My favorite aspect of these challenges is the benefits for equines of all abilities, these are empowering goals for the horses themselves, without needing to be ridden or pushed physically. These challenges also provide us steps, goals, useful feedback and the motivation to explore new directions with our positive reinforcement training!

Learn more here...

To Enter

  1. Click the ribbons below to read the instructions for the challenges and decide which you'd like to enter
  2. Video you and your horse following the steps of the challenge
  3. Submit the form and attach the video/link to video
  4. Donate the entrance fee
    ($4 usd for Foundation and Starter Level, $8 usd for Intermediate and Advanced)
  5. Prizes will be shipped free to continental US,
    add $10 usd for shipping prizes anywhere else in the world
    (while we make extremely little profit from these challenges - usually only a few cents after shipping,
    every penny goes to the care of the rescued horses here at Empowered Equines)

ENTRANCE FORM

Challenges

All new handlers and horses start at Foundation Level. For example, if a handler that is currently competing at intermediate level buys a new horse, this horse will have to first compete at foundation level with the handler. The same applies for handler. If a horse that is currently competing at intermediate level has a new handler, the handler will have to first compete at starter level with this horse. 

  • Foundation level: There is no specific requirement to enter the foundation level challenges. This level has just 3 tasks to ensure a safe and solid foundation with Positive Reinforcement before carrying on. This can be done in full or protected contact. 
    Prize: +50% A digital certificate of completion, +90% - An EE clicker and a rosette
    Click the ribbons below to read the instructions for the challenges:

  • Starter level: To enter this level you must have completed the foundation level test with at least a 90% score. The tasks are stationary or at the walk. The handler may use the target as desired. The horse must perform at liberty in full contact. This is a level to develop your basic handling skills. There will be 3 tasks in each challenge at this level. 
    Prize: +50% A digital certificate of completion, +80% - A treat Pouch +90% - A treat pouch and a rosette
    Click the ribbons below to read the instructions for each challenge:



     
  • Intermediate level: To enter this level you must have completed at least 2 started level challenges, with a score of 90% or better. These tasks may be stationary, walk or a little trot. The handler may only use the target when the task calls for one. The horse must be at liberty and in full contact. This level is a bit more fun and active, taking your basic skills and training to a new and more useful level. There will be 6 tasks in each challenge at this level.
    Prize: +50% A digital certificate of completion, +80% - A custom painting by one of our rescues, +90% - An EE clicker, treat pouch and rosette
    Click the ribbons below to read the instructions for each challenge:


     
  • Advanced level: To enter this level you must have completed at least 3 intermediate level challenges, with a score of 90% or better. The tasks are may be stationary, walk or trot. The handler may only use a target if the task calls for it. The horse must perform at liberty and in full contact. This is a level to really push your training skills! There will be 6 tasks in each challenge at this level. 
    Prize: +50% A digital certificate of completion, +80% An EE T-shirt, +90% An EE T-shirt and rosette
    Click the ribbons below to read the instructions for each challenge: