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    Sandra
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    Prerequisite

    Key Lesson Targeting

    Purpose

    • Safety: calms the horse down
    • Indicator of equine emotions (FEAR) if horse doesn’t lower his head
    • Relaxed body posture
    • Redirects attention from your pocket

    Description

    Horse lowers his head (nose is at height of the front knee)

    Training tool

    • Teach self haltering and self bridling
    • Confidence: helps encourage the horse to inspect/explore unfamiliar objects/shadows/light spots on the ground, etc
    • Shaping Plan:
      Free shaping:
      – Your horse is at liberty
      – You can use protective contact (a fence)
      – Wait until your horse moves his head a tiny bit (a millimeter will be enough) towards the ground: click and reinforce with a treat
      – Repeat
      – Shape the behaviour until your horse moves his head to the desired height (e.g. nose at knee height)

      With Targeting:
      Now Key Lesson Targeting which was a goal at first now becomes your Training Tool to help you teach Key Lesson Head lowering.
      – Your horse is at liberty
      – You can use protective contact (a fence)
      – Offer a target a bit lower than his head is now
      – Click for Movement of lowering his head. Remember: targeting is now your tool, not a goal!
      – Consistently click for “moving head downwards’ until your horse understands it’s his head movement that is reinforced, not touching the target.
      – Fade out your target as soon as possible (that might be as soon as 3 trials). The longer you waith with fading out the target , the harder it gets.

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      Sandra, HippoLogic

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