When you start clicker training your horse you might want to start with something fun and measurable. Key Lesson Mat training is an excellent exercise to start clicker training your horse. It’s a very simple exercise to train and easy to understand for your horse.What does Key Lesson Mat training look like?Your horse steps withRead more about 5 Benefits of Teaching Your Horse to Stand on a Mat[…]
Not too long ago I wrote a blog about the ‘boring basics‘ which appeared not to be boring at all! I realized that some equestrians maybe still consider basic exercises as ‘exercises’ or ‘basic’ while they can be so much more. I consider HippoLogic’s Key Lessons (Your Key to Success in Positive Reinforcement training) not basicRead more about Benefits of Key Lessons in Clicker Training (2/3)[…]
In this series I will explain how you can turn basic exercises into valuable training tools, HippoLogic’s Key Lessons (Your Key to Success in Positive Reinforcement Training)
When I started horse riding I started like all novice riders. My instructor taught me The Basics. I learned how to adjust the stirrup leathers and get in the saddle, to sit straight and what I had to do to transition from a halt to a walk and how to turn. Later on I learnedRead more about What is so exciting about the boring ‘basics’ in horse training?[…]
A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a dog trainers blog about using a calendar to keep track of your training days. It sounded really easy to implement and it would help you stay motivated to train your pet. It takes only 5 minutes each day.
All clicker trainers know that only 5 minutes of training a day can already have a huge impact on your horses behaviour after only a few weeks. I thought, let’s try it! Read more about How to Keep Track of Your Training (the easy way!) …
‘My horse can’t stop throwing behaviours at me since I started clicker training‘ or ‘My horse keeps doing tricks, even when I don’t ask him to do so‘ are common ‘problems’ when people start clicker training their horse. Problem? No, not at all! I have written ‘problem’ between quotations marks because it is not ‘a problem’.Read more about ‘Help, my horse turned into a monster since I started clicker training’[…]
Now you are going to find out how old I really am! In the good old days (I am talking about last century) you learned the ropes from an old horseman. Here are some rules I learned and still follow. Read more about Good Old-fashioned Customs for the Modern Stable Hand …
In another post I explained the power of a variable reward schedule and how to use it into your advantage. A variable ratio schedule is the most powerful reward schedule because it takes the longest for a behaviour to become extinct. How can you use this information in re-training undesired behaviour? ‘Extinction’ of behaviour Extinction means thatRead more about Tips to re-train undesired behaviour in horses[…]
Horses learn in a certain context. Each change in the context of training your horse should be considered as a new criterion. Use this to set yourself and your horse up for success. What is a ‘context shift’? If you want to teach your horse something new, like targeting, practise this in the beginning always in theRead more about Setting your horse up for success: context shift[…]
One of the biggest mistakes I see people make in horse training is that they don’t set their horse (or themselves) up for success. Once you know some basics about horse training, setting it up for succes becomes easier. A common mistake is not visualizing what the goal is and planning how to communicate it to your horse.