equine clicker training

using precision and positive reinforcement to teach horses and people

Training with Base Position – Using this technique to train hoof handling

Last fall when I bought Aurora it was clear that getting her feet trimmed was a high priority. It was also clear that it was not something she was comfortable having done. I could sometimes ask for a foot and she would pick it up, but not with any consistency, and there was a lot of anxious body language.   Even if I could pick it up, she would then snatch […]

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Motivation:  Motivation is a theoretical construct used to explain behavior. It represents the reasons for people’s actions, desires, and needs. Motivation can also be defined as one’s direction to behavior or what causes a person to want to repeat a behavior and vice versa. A motive is what prompts the person to act in a certain way or at least develop an inclination for specific behavior. (from Wikipedia) Motivation…Too much, […]

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Detective Work

Back when the clickryder list was active on yahoo, people would often write in with their questions about clicker training horses. Sometimes those questions were about teaching new behaviors or “getting rid of” unwanted behaviors, but there were also questions about what to do when behavior deteriorated. These were questions like “my horse used to do this and now he doesn’t, what do I do?” The most common answer I would give is […]

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Setting up for Success

During one of the discussions in the Intelligent Dog Training Class with Kay Laurence, we talked about what the phrase “setting your animal up for success” means.   I went into the discussion with the limited idea that it was about planning my training session so the animal was likely to offer the behavior I wanted.   And yes, this is part of it. But what if I expand the idea to be […]

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 Welcome to my blog. This blog is the newest addition to the educational resources I provide for people who are interested in using clicker training with their horses.  In 2003 I started my website http://www.equineclickertraining.com and for many years that was the place where I shared information about what I was doing and how to clicker train your horse.  About three years ago, I created my facebook page, Equine Clicker […]

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