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Key Lesson Mat training

Prerequisite Horse can be safely hand-fed (see Key Lesson Table manners for Horses) Purpose Very versatile: it’s targeting with hooves Provides clarity where you want the horse to be/or move to Helps teaching your horse to ground-ty/stay Preparation to step onto all kinds of other unfamiliar surfaces like tarps, wooden bridges, lids of man holes …

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Key Lesson Targeting

Purpose Safe way of training: it creates distance between horse and handler Creates clarity in training Teaches your horse to move away from you Teaches your horse to follow you/a target Redirects attention from your pocket to the target (novice horses) and teaches to pay attention to cues instead of rewards Very versatile: a good …

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This is what Key Lesson Patience looks like in the early stages of training

Key Lesson Patience

Purpose This exercise is the key to calm and attentive horses. Provides clarity: Your horse learns to wait for a cue from you and can wait patiently until you’re done talking to your barn friends or playing with your phone without your horse turning into an attention-seeking monster. Teaches your horse what to do, if …

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Key Lesson Table Manners for Horses

This is Key Lesson is meant to teach your horse food etiquette. It includes safe hand-feeding and safe behaviour around food and food reinforcers. Purpose Horse learns to pay attention to the marker Goals Safety! Teach the horse desired behaviour around treats and food Criteria Horse waits until treat is presented, pay attention to a …

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Day 4 Choosing Cues (wisely)

Make a cue list and list all your cues. Note every single behaviour your horse knows. Write down the verbal cue and your body language cues. Make it very detailed. Behaviour Verbal cue Body Language cue 1 Walk 2 Stand 3 and so on 4 Then see if you’ve similar sounding cues for different behaviours …

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Momentum (flow)

When you have action and clarity you get momentum in you training. We all know how awesome that feeling is! When you can deliberately can create Momentum nothing everything will feel out of you reach! If you have momentum you feel like being in a flow; everything fits and everything comes together harmoniously. It feels …

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Success!

If you come into Action and you have a clear Goal, you will be Successful! (Did you notice the word clear before goal? If your goal is not clear you’ll never know if you’re successful…) That’s what happens with a lot of horse people. They don’t know what their goal is or it’s not clear …

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Meaning

With clarity and a goal comes meaning. This is especially true if your goals are based on you values. What values are important to you in training? Horse first? Results first? Fun first? Welfare? Clear communication? What values are in your top 5 for horse training? Think about it and ask yourself: ‘Do I make my values …

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The Middle: Your Sweet Spot

What do you get in the middle? In the overlap of the three important pillars of the HippoLogic Horse Training approach? What do you get in the middle? In the overlap of the three important pillars of the HippoLogic Horse Training approach? You get predictable success! You can duplicate these successes over and over and …

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Clarity

With a system comes clarity and with clarity you know where you are in your training and where you want to go. What gives clarity in horse training? Three pillars are important to get clarity in training: Knowledge of the Principles of Learning & Motivation. If you know how your horse learns best and how …

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Goal

What’s your GOAL with Your Horse? If you have clarity it’s easy to set a goal and get results in your training. You can also start with a goal. It’s a circle, so it really doesn’t matter where you start. How can you set goals that are really accomplishable and keep you motivated? Having Clarity …

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Action!

You need ACTION When you have clarity  and goals in your training you know what your action will be! Instead of taking different approaches at the same time, now you know exactly what step comes first. This is setting yourself (and your horse!) up for success! Practise. Coming into action gives you practise, and practise …

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Track Your Training, Stay Motivated

Day 2 Track Your Training

Using a calendar to keep track of your training days is really easy to implement and helps you stay motivated to train your horse. It takes less than 2 minutes each day. If you’re a clicker trainer, you know that in only 5 minutes of training a day (one session) you can have a huge …

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Day 5 Horse Training Challenge!

Time to bring into practise what you’ve discovered in the past 4 days of this challenge! Remember day 1? We talked about our Training Habits. Click for what you see, not for what you predict (timing of the click) Click first, then reach for your treat. Let your marker be the predictor of the reinforcer, …

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Day 3 Consider Your Reinforcers

Day 3: Reinforcers. What are high value and what are low value reinforcers for your horse? (make a list) In all training it’s very important that your reinforcers work well. If you use negative reinforcement you want your horse to anticipate or react to the aversive (usually pressure). Easy to see if it works of …

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