Is This The Reason that You don’t Clicker Train Your Horse?

Is This The Reason that You don’t Clicker Train Your Horse?

A common objective about clicker training horses is that ‘you have to carry a clicker and treats around all the time‘. Is that what’s really holding you back or is it something else? Something fear based? Maybe you’re afraid your horse turns into a monster or becomes treat crazy and you don’t know how you would handleRead more about Is This The Reason that You don’t Clicker Train Your Horse?[…]

Debunking Myths: ‘The Whip is only an Extension of my Arm’

Debunking Myths: ‘The Whip is only an Extension of my Arm’

There are so many myths in the horse world it is hard to choose where to start debunking them. Since I have seen several advertisements on Facebook with videos of horses at liberty and instructors talking about ‘freedom’, ‘connection’, ‘positive training’ or ‘friendship’ while carrying a whip directing a horse with a swishing tail andRead more about Debunking Myths: ‘The Whip is only an Extension of my Arm’[…]

Myth Monday: ‘With Clicker Training the Horse only does it for the Treats (not for you)’

Myth Monday: ‘With Clicker Training the Horse only does it for the Treats (not for you)’

The statement that a horse only works for ‘the treat’ and ‘not for you’ is one that I have heard many times. In fact this is one of the most common arguments used by people who use negative reinforcement to train their horses.  What motivates the horse: you or the food I also prefer to think in terms of ‘motivation’Read more about Myth Monday: ‘With Clicker Training the Horse only does it for the Treats (not for you)’[…]

Myth Monday: ‘Treats in training and Respect don’t go well together’

Myth Monday: ‘Treats in training and Respect don’t go well together’

Who hasn’t heard the statement that ‘if you train with treats (like in positive reinforcement), your horse doesn’t respect you, he will do it only for the food and not for you’. This is an interesting myth to debunk because there is so much to it. ‘Training with treats’ Not everyone who ‘trains with treats’ isRead more about Myth Monday: ‘Treats in training and Respect don’t go well together’[…]

Myth Monday: Clicker Training doesn’t work for Prey Animals

Myth Monday: Clicker Training doesn’t work for Prey Animals

Only recently I heard about this persistent myth. It is a myth that is frequently shared amongst dog trainers and in the marine mammal world. The idea behind this myth is that predators are used to ‘working hard’ in order to get food while prey animals (herbivores), like horses, don’t have to work for their food. ‘The most valuable thingRead more about Myth Monday: Clicker Training doesn’t work for Prey Animals[…]

Myth Monday: ‘Clicker Trainers don’t use Pressure’

Myth Monday: ‘Clicker Trainers don’t use Pressure’

There is a huge misunderstanding about the word ‘pressure‘ in the horse world. I hear people who want to start positive reinforcement training but they hesitate: ‘How can I start clicker training my horse and don’t use any pressure? Isn’t that impossible?’ Yes, training a horse without pressure is impossible, but let me explain theRead more about Myth Monday: ‘Clicker Trainers don’t use Pressure’[…]

Myth Monday: Training with Food rewards causes pushy Horses

Myth Monday: Training with Food rewards causes pushy Horses

All positive reinforcement trainers have heard people say: ‘Training horses with food rewards makes them pushy’. Some people even state ‘dangerous‘ instead of pushy. Maybe you have said it yourself before you started using positive reinforcement (+R) to train your horse. You get what you reinforce In +R training you use a reward that reinforces the behaviourRead more about Myth Monday: Training with Food rewards causes pushy Horses[…]