Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive (LIMA) is a principle that acts in the horse’s best interest.
Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive (LIMA) is a principle that acts in the horse’s best interest by maximing choice and control and minimising unpleasant experiences, while ensuring welfare and safety.
It is dynamic, context specific and applies categorically to all aspects of the horse’s life, be it management, interaction or training. LIMA is signified by tailoring the horse’s level of control to each individual situation.
For example when training turn on the forehand, we use positive reinforcement, with the horse at liberty, in a space where there are other reinforcers, such as a haynet, which offers an option to interacting with the trainer. However, if the horse is lead on a public highway, his options needs limited to ensure everbody’s safety.
After completing and passing the Applied Behaviour Course, you may apply to attend the Professional Behaviourist Training to complete your training and become an accredited EBA Equine Behaviourist.
The course is a mixture of classroom work, with mentoring on client calls, shadowing other behaviourist and project work.