Tag Archives: the best whisper is a click

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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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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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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Moving my horses and how it affects their cues

I have been in the process of moving two full-sized horses and five minis for several months now. The move has occurred in two stages, and in many ways it’s as if we’ve moved twice. I’m still not complete with … 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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Cues and “mythunderstandings”

Over the years, I’ve watched many people train animals.  I’ve seen all sorts of species being trained – dogs, cats, horses, birds, dolphins, and many others.  Some are professionals, some call themselves professionals, and most admit that they’re just amateurs … Continue reading

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Honoring a choice

I wanted to give another illustration in an attempt to show how giving choice in a situation can radically alter the effectiveness of our training. I was at a Clicker Expo and saw a lecture given by Dr. Sue Friedman, … Continue reading

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Superstitious Behaviors

Animals and humans alike naturally want to regulate and keep the good things happening and the bad things at bay. When good things happen to us, we tend to want to control how and why those good things happen, especially if … Continue reading

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Move the feet or target?

Wanted to share some things that crossed my mind tonight as I was working with Moonshadow. Most of you know she’s a little horse that I consider to be neophobic; she is afraid of almost everything that’s new to her. … Continue reading

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