How to use a colored target to teach multiple horses to station

Magnified

To review, I have decided to teach 4 horses, in a herd environment to go to station that is marked by a colored item, in this case a frisbee attached to a board. So the first step is teaching them to discriminate which is their assigned color.

I’ve used the color yellow for Magnified. We have already started shaping him to touch the color yellow and have added the two other colors of red and blue. He is coming along nicely with this, and was very quickly getting a big percentage of yellow touches, even when I moved the colors around.

I was fortunate enough to have another trainer visiting, and it’s worth noting that the training seemed to progress more quickly when we had a second person who delivered the treat in a location other than right above the frisbees. Paying in this position allowed the main trainer to move the frisbees while the horse was out of range of the frisbees. That was accomplished by delivering the food so that the horse’s head was turned away.

I have now progressed to where I can put the colored frisbees on the ground and he can walk from different places to target them.

Here is a quick video showing this process.

The next step will be to hang the frisbee vertically, so he can find it easily.

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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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