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Key Lesson Emotions in Training

Emotions, we all have them and also our horse’s behaviour is driven by them. The better we recognize emotions the better we can deal with them in training. Not only the positive ones but also the negative ones. It’s key to know what triggers frustration, anger, aggression, curiosity, fear, play and so on in our …

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Key Lesson Accountability

We all need support and accountability in order to accomplish our goals. If you have someone that knows about your goals and asks you on a regular basis how you’re doing and if you need help, it will keep you on track. This is proved in numerous scientific research. Make yourself Accountable Set yourself up …

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Key Lesson Training journal

Only when you monitor what your doing and what brought you success and what pitfalls you discover, you can grow and learn fast. Writing your results down will also make yourself conscious about what you did and how you did it. With a good training journal you have a powerful tool in hands to duplicate …

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Key Lesson Shaping plan

A shaping is a written manual for training a particular behaviour and it includes all steps that are needed to train that behaviour. The more steps it includes, the better it will be. By writing it out before you start, you’re prepared well and this will prevent frustration in horse and in you. Professional shaping …

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Key Lesson Training plan

What is a training plan? Is it really necessary to write it down? Isn’t that time consuming? These are the things people ask when I talk about training plans and shaping plans. If you have a goal, you can make a plan. Studies have proven that with a plan you’re way more likely to succeed …

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Key Lesson Backing

Prerequisite Key Lesson Targeting If your horse understands Key Lesson Targeting you can start using this exercise as a training tool to get other behaviours you want to train. Purpose Safety: you can easily move the horse out of your way (e.g. entering a gate, leaving stall, keep your horse away from the food source, …

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Key Lesson Head lowering

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 …

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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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