equine clicker training

using precision and positive reinforcement to teach horses and people

Warm-up Routines and The Power of Habit

This week it has been very cold and windy in Pennsylvania, but I’ve still managed to have some good rides on Rosie. Rosie is my almost 21 year old Dutch Warmblood mare and my primary riding horse. I’ve had her since she was 9 months old and started clicker training her when she was 2. We have a long history of working together and it has not always been easy, […]

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ASAT Conference 2018: Dr. Julie S. Vargas on “B.F. Skinner’s Discovery of the Operant and of Shaping.”

This is the sixth in a series of posts based on my notes from the 2018 Art and Science of Animal Training Conference that was held in Irving, Texas on March 24-25, 2018. While I try to take accurate notes, it is possible that there are errors or that some detail is lacking. If you post a comment or email me, I can try to clarify or provide some additional […]

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Recommended Reading: Karen Pryor

“Until the age of 43, Phil Wylie was a terrible dancer. He was not just your normal bad dancer, who rocks timidly from side to side in time to the music. He was a really rotten dancer, the sort that sweats, bumps into people, doesn’t keep time and steps on your feet. After dancing with Phil, you were relieved to be able to sit down.” That quote comes from Karen […]

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The Book – Thoughts on Chapter One: What is Clicker Training?

Clicker training changed my life. Usually, when I say that to people, they are surprised. They can understand how clicker training might have changed the way I train horses, but my life? That seems a little dramatic. But, it’s true. Once I started to understand why behavior happens and how I can influence it, my whole view of the world changed. Not only did I start to see connections and […]

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Teaching Horses with Positive Reinforcement: The Book…

In January 2016, I had an idea for a “little project.” I thought I would take some of the most useful articles from my website, blog, and Facebook page, organize them into a logical format and publish them as a set of “collected articles.” I organized the material into four volumes (beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate, and ridden work) and got to work. But, I quickly realized that just doing the first one […]

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ASAT Conference 2018: Barbara Heidenreich on “Exotic solutions to exotic animal problems.”

This is the fifth in a series of posts based on my notes from the 2018 Art and Science of Animal Training Conference that was held in Irving, Texas on March 24-25, 2018. While I try to take accurate notes, it is possible that there are errors or that some detail is lacking. If you post a comment or email me, I can try to clarify or provide some additional […]

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