6 steps to start riding with the clicker (4/6)

6 steps to start riding with the clicker (4/6)

How to take positive reinforcement and use it in riding? I will share practical tips in other blogs, but let’s focus on preparation. How can you make yourself successful? Key Lesson for Riders #4: Training Journal The only way to know if you are making progress in riding with positive reinforcement is to keep track.Read more about 6 steps to start riding with the clicker (4/6)[…]

6 steps to start riding with the clicker (3/6)

6 steps to start riding with the clicker (3/6)

‘How do you implement clicker training under saddle?’, is a question many equestrians ask themselves. The answer is simple: the same way you implemented it from the ground! Sounds logical. How do we start best? First you have to learn the principles of Learning and Motivation, see this part 1 of this series. Step 2 isRead more about 6 steps to start riding with the clicker (3/6)[…]

6 Steps to Start Riding with Positive Reinforcement (2/6)

6 Steps to Start Riding with Positive Reinforcement (2/6)

‘How do you implement clicker training under saddle?’, is a question many equestrians ask themselves. The answer is simple: the same way you implemented it from the ground. So, how do we start best? First you have to learn the principles of Learning and Motivation, see this part 1 of this series. Step 2 is toRead more about 6 Steps to Start Riding with Positive Reinforcement (2/6)[…]

How to get rid of limiting beliefs (that prevent you from being a confident horse owner)

How to get rid of limiting beliefs (that prevent you from being a confident horse owner)

Here is a test to see how much you know about horses and horse training. Take a moment to get a pen and paper to write down your answers.

Simply complete these 10 sentences as fast as possible.

Don’t think, just write down first thing that comes up in your mind. This is super easy for horse people as well as novice riders. We all know the answers. Read more about How to get rid of limiting beliefs (that prevent you from being a confident horse owner)

How training horses can change your life!

How training horses can change your life!

How Horse Training turned me into a Pollyanna Before I started my positive reinforcement journey I used to be bit of a Negative Nancy. I could always find something to criticize. I was most critical about my own accomplishments. I couldn’t feel satisfied about anything I did, especially when it involved riding. The only positiveRead more about How training horses can change your life![…]

Tips for Clicker Training from the Saddle

Tips for Clicker Training from the Saddle

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?

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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

How to drop the crop

How to drop the crop

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.

‘Safety’

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