Found 91 Results from Clicking with the Pony Fairy

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Spray Away

I hope you enjoyed my article in the July/August issue of Horse-Canada called “Make fly spray application a breeze” about using clicker training principles to help you get your horse comfortable being sprayed, and maybe even enjoy it! Luckily, the bugs here aren’t too bad yet…I probably shouldn’t have said that! Below is a video […]
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Working and Playing Together

It is always nice to get together with like minded individuals. At a recent gathering, six of us got together to play and help each other out with our training. To be able to work together, and help each other and our horses with no ego involved was a put delight. There were moments of […]
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Chance Demonstrates the Power of Positive Reinforcement

So I have to apologize for being absent for so long. It seems that winter has finally ended and I can put the hip waders used to make my way through the mud to do chores away for a little bit I hope. I’ve been working on some special training for a client and it […]
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Self-Loading The Clicker Way

In this blog, I am going to explain in more detail how to teach trailer loading using clicker training. The featured horse in the article and videos on this blog is Oli, a delightful, but very large, Warmblood, three-year-old gelding. Sarah, his owner, decided to train him when she first got him as a two-year-old […]
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Can You Click and Compete?

I was recently asked ‘If I wanted to compete and still use clicker training, how would I ever ride a whole dressage test? I click and treat for every behaviour, which means my horse stops to get his reward.’ The science and theory behind the way to do this can be a bit of a […]
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Well-Prepared Companionship

I thought I’d share some interesting words from Alexandra Kurland this week for the blog: Well-Prepared Companionship Most of us have had a tough winter. With the extreme cold this winter it’s been hard to work with our horses. This post is a reminder that little things add up. Even when we can’t ride the […]
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Hind Leg Lifts

To shape a hind leg lift for hoof cleaning, I use the same basic idea as I did for shaping the front leg lift. This time I will place my hand on the stifle so that I can feel when the muscles engaged to start to lift the leg. Once again, I will take the […]
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Hoof Care Made Easy

So, how do you start getting your horse to offer to hold up a hoof? Here are the videos that go with my article in the March/April issue of Horse-Canada. I will share some video clips showing how to start this process with a horse (pony in this case) that has had a bit of […]
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A Positive Approach to Picking Up Hooves

I really hope you had time to have a look at the video links I posted last week. I would love some feedback on what you thought and felt while watching and listening to them. This week I am delighted to be presenting some very different hoof lifting videos. Videos of clicker trained horses. These […]
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Different Approaches to Picking Up Hooves

I hope you spent a few moments thinking about what kind of problem solver you are. If you are looking at clicker training perhaps you are looking for another way to solve your problems than the way you have been using. Looking for a new way to do things doesn’t always mean that the way […]
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What Type of Problem Solver Are You?

This week, in preparation for the upcoming article on improving your horse’s ability to lift and hold up his hooves, in the March/April of Horse-Canada, I will present some food for thought. Many of you will think this following blog is a bit of a digression from the topic, but one of my favorite sayings […]
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The Pony Fairy is Coming to Horse-Canada Magazine

I’m very excited about my upcoming articles in Horse-Canada magazine and hope you will have a look at them and then come back to the blog for more detailed instructions on the training being covered. A thousand words seem like a lot, but to go into the detail needed to train behaviours like the ones […]
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Last Blog of 2013

I can’t believe another year has come and gone. Time really is going faster, or maybe it just gets faster as you get older. Yet another reason to clicker train. When I am with my horses, I am living in the moment and time seems just loses all importance. I can let all the cares […]
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Volunteering Behaviour

I’m not sure about your weather, but the weather here a very short few days ago was a balmy 40 below with the wind chill, but this being Alberta it changed from that to plus 8 almost overnight. I thought I’d share a bit with you as to why I absolutely love clicker training. Now, […]
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Deworming Prep: Part 2

I was surprised not to get any comments on the video in last week’s post. It caused quite a stir on Facebook! Maybe everyone is too busy staying warm or shopping to comment? So, I thought it would be great to give you the chance to see two well done but different approaches to worming […]