Category Archives: clicker training horses

It’s all about shaping

From time to time I read something posted that suggests that guessing during the shaping process is frustrating for the horse. My experience is that we can easily teach our horses to be creative if we set it up to … Continue reading

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Are you teaching your horse to brace?

If someone said “We need to scrutinize the effect of every single item we use in our interaction with a horse, whether it be a halter, saddle or bridle,” I would whole-heartedly agree. In fact I would probably expand on … Continue reading

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SHAPING IS AN ARTFORM

Shaping is very potent art form in training. It involves the use of certain tools and concepts. There is a specific function of the click with shaping; it adds precision to our training by marking the exact moment we want … Continue reading

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Trained to endure or trained to participate?

In the 2016 Clicker Expos Eva Bertilsson, Emelie Johnson-Vegh and I gave a lecture on the topic of giving animals choice and control in their training. For me it is a significant way to refine and optimize how we use … Continue reading

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Whips and carrots

Sometimes I get caught up in conversations where people devalue the use of food as a training tool and then I stop and remind them what I’ve accomplished. I have worked with many, many horses who were very troubled. Some … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye and reflecting on the good.

  I got word that at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow morning they’re going to put down one of my horse friends. He’s a retired jumper and he’s had a severe injury, apparently he keeps falling and has a very difficult time getting … Continue reading

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The Ons and Offs of Mat training

In my training plan there are three features to mat training. 1) GETTING ON the mat 2) STAYING ON the mat 3) GETTING OFF of the mat   Each of the components needs to be trained. With getting ON the … Continue reading

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