Clicker Training 101

Best basics for equine clicker training.

‘Help, my horse turned into a monster since I started clicker training’

  ‘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’. …

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Tips to re-train undesired behaviour in horses

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 that …

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Setting your horse up for success: context shift

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 the …

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