Tag Archives: Peggy Hogan

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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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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When trailer loading is easy

Recently I posted a video of a little horse happily self loading into a trailer. It has gotten a fair amount of attention because it is very cute but also because people can see the enthusiastic way this horse approaches … Continue reading

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“Ride the horse the direction it’s going”

In every horse discipline there seems to be a catch phrase or reminder of how to go about teaching the horse what you want. One in particular comes to mind that everyone seems to immediately assimilate into their jargon, and … Continue reading

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Teaching the Volunteering Horse AND his person

The Volunteering Horse: MY PURPOSE AND EMPHASIS IS ON HOW WE TEACH BEHAVIOR. It is in the teaching phase that I avoid pressure techniques and where I use positive reinforcement to SHAPE, CAPTURE, TARGET, MOLD, AND LURE in an effort … Continue reading

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The Volunteering Horse

One of the most profound experiences I have had in my training career has been the discovery of the Volunteering Horse. The Volunteering Horse looks and acts differently from any other horse I’ve seen. Their actions and behavior differs profoundly … Continue reading

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What can the horse give you NOW?

As a trainer I’ve had my share of wake-up calls. By that I mean either the delightful “ah-ha” moments when an idea or concept suddenly makes sense, or the other type of events based on experience, so called “learn burns” … Continue reading

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How shaping changed my life, and my horse’s life too.

People ask me why I’m always talking about shaping behaviors. Quite frankly, it’s the most powerful technique I have found for cultivating a mindset in a horse, one that is based on active and willingly offered creative efforts, with the … Continue reading

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Reinforcement choices

From time to time someone will ask me about the need for continued use of reinforcement in their training program. Basically I think people tire of having to focus on their horse and what motivates the horse. They also might … Continue reading

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McKee’s Choice

I seem to be pondering the theme of choices lately and one more example came to mind, mostly because a training situation with McKee illustrated the topic quite clearly. Funny how horses can give us that moment to stop and … Continue reading

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