Update on Moonshadow – the neophobic filly

1/26 Thursday –

We took 3 very short walks today. Two of the didn’t even go past the end of the driveway. I watched her very carefully, took lots of breaks, stopped, massaged her neck and also delivered treats without the click (think classical conditioning – Pavlov). I think the biggest challenge for her is loud noises (trucks and cars). The noise seems to be the biggest trigger.

I’m not much of a fan of introducing a scary thing into the horse’s environment and then trying to click to make it feel better, so I need to set up a situation where she can explore making the loud noises herself. I’ve done this with Handsome (I used pots and pans that he knocked over himself to earn the C/T). I’ll see how that goes.


About clickertraininghorses - Peggy Hogan

I teach people and train horses using positive reinforcement. The horses I work with are given choice, the freedom to volunteer behavior. The joy is that they strive to volunteer what works for both of us.
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