Rehabilitating Horses with Clicker Training

Rehabilitating Horses with Clicker Training

Is that possible? Yes, it is! In my years working for the SPCA I trained many horses and barn animals with positive reinforcement (R+). Some horses needed to be rehabilitated mentally, some physically and some both. I also taught employees and volunteers the basics of clicker training and together we trained the horses in order to makeRead more about Rehabilitating Horses with Clicker Training[…]

How to Teach Your Horse to do Crunches with 100% R+

How to Teach Your Horse to do Crunches with 100% R+

The body worker/chiropractor came by for Kyra a few weeks ago. She wasn’t walking well and her back is swaying (sags). In this blog I share my shaping plan and point out most common pitfalls in teaching your horse to do crunches. The equine body worker/chiropractor did great work by helping Kyra’s body relax andRead more about How to Teach Your Horse to do Crunches with 100% R+[…]

Tips to Measure the Value of Your Reward

Tips to Measure the Value of Your Reward

I mean reinforcer. Not ‘reward’. It just sounded better. ūüėČ There is a big difference, let’s take a look at the definitions: Reward noun A thing given in recognition of one’s service, effort, or achievement. “the holiday was a¬†reward for¬†40 years’ service with the company” Synonyms: Recompense,¬†prize,¬†award,¬†honor,¬†decoration,¬†bonus,¬†premium,¬†bounty,¬†present,¬†gift, payment; Informal –¬†payoff,¬†perk; Formal –¬†perquisite¬†“a reward for itsRead more about Tips to Measure the Value of Your Reward[…]

Two Tips for building ‘Duration’ in Behaviour

Two Tips for building ‘Duration’ in Behaviour

There are many ways to built on ‘duration’ in behaviours you train with positive reinforcement. I will give an example of building duration in stationary behaviours and building duration in moving behaviours. General Training Tips Set your horse and yourself up for success: Make sure the horse understands the goal behaviour before adding the criterionRead more about Two Tips for building ‘Duration’ in Behaviour[…]

Benefits of Key Lessons in Clicker Training (3/3)

Benefits of Key Lessons in Clicker Training (3/3)

When you start clicker training your horse you might want to start with something fun and exciting. I call my basic clicker exercises ‘Key Lessons’.¬†HippoLogic’s Key Lessons (Your Key to Success in Positive Reinforcement training)¬†are¬†not¬†basic exercises, they are actual¬†training¬†tools. Important and versatile training tools. In this series I will explain how you can use aRead more about Benefits of Key Lessons in Clicker Training (3/3)[…]

The safest way to bring a dangerous horse to the pasture

The safest way to bring a dangerous horse to the pasture

When I was young and learned to ride in the local riding school, we sometimes were allowed to bring the ponies to the pasture. This came with a simple warning: ‘Always turn your horse to the gate before you take the halter off, so they don’t kick you.’ I still use that advice and teachRead more about The safest way to bring a dangerous horse to the pasture[…]