A step-by-step training guide can you find in my article that’s published on Horse Rookie. One day I realized that my horse kept pulling me toward grass and it made me feel like an inadequate horse owner. Here I was, with over 30 years on horse experience and still I was pulled towards juicy patchesRead more about Teach a horse to lead (or lunge) on grass *grass training done successfully*[…]
Tips to keep your treats while riding
How to take positive reinforcement and use it in riding? I will share practical tips in other blogs, but let’s focus on preparation first. How can you make yourself successful? Key Lesson for Riders #6: Accountability Always, always, always find a way to make yourself accountable. That’s the best way to keep developing yourself andRead more about 6 steps to start riding with the clicker (6/6)[…]
“You’re not too old and it’s not too late. ~ Lori Deschene (Tiny Buddha) This week I rode my born-in-the-wild mare Kyra for the first time tack less: no bridle, no saddle and not even a neck rope! It was very exciting and so much fun. Watch the video Fulfilling my childhood dream I felt completelyRead more about You’re not too old and it’s not too late for your Equestrian Dream to come true[…]
It seems complicated to use positive reinforcement during riding. Most common struggle points are: ‘It’s hard to hold a clicker and the reins in my hands’, ‘Clicker training is useful on the ground, but I don’t know how to use it from the saddle‘ and ‘If you use clicker training in riding you have to stop all the time to give a treat‘. How to address these issues?
Keep it simple!
Positive reinforcement is positive reinforcement, whether you apply it from the ground, standing next to your horse, or when you sit in the saddle. Therefor you have to apply the same rules to set you and your horse up for success: Read more about Tips for Clicker Training from the Saddle …
We all like to hold on to our beliefs and our familiair training aids. I know I do, even when I already know I never will use it. Here are some ways to drop your crop.
Holding on to your riding crop (carrot stick, training stick or lunge whip) gives us a feeling of safety and empowerment. We need our crop, just in case…
But what if you don’t have a crop anymore. What would happen? Would you die? Yes, it can feel that way, but you (probably) won’t. Read more about How to drop the crop …
This article is a sequel on the Positive Reinforcement (+R) for Horses during riding lessons (The 5 Essentials for Good Riding lessons (4-a from 5)). +R doesn’t have to be used solely to improve the performance of the horse. +R for riders I would love to see more positive reinforcement in riding lessons applied to the rider.Read more about The 5 Essentials for Good Riding lessons (4-b/5)[…]
In my previous post What if your horse doesn’t like arena work I already mentioned that the first step is to find out the reason why. If you can exclude physical reasons like pain from the saddle, medical reasons like hoof cracks or maybe an unskillful (or rude) rider and so on, you can look for solutionsRead more about How to… make the arena more appealing[…]
Whenever an idea forms about what I want to teach my horse Kyra I set it as a goal. I then start writing a training plan and make a shaping plan to achieve this goal. Goal setting My goal in this example is teaching Kyra to stand still, next to a mounting block, until I mounted and give theRead more about How to teach your horse anything[…]
This is a challenge a lot of clicker trainers face. You start making adjustments in your training when you start using positive reinforcement and it works… Then you suddenly find yourself in a traditional/natural horsemanship or other negative reinforcement or pressure-release situation figuring out how to apply positive reinforcement. How do you apply positive reinforcement methodsRead more about Create +R solutions in a -R environment[…]